TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 On tap.
(Notes from summer 2006.) Pours a deep copper with sufficient of-white head that gradually settles into a single-bubble layer. Aroma is suprisingly herbal from Cascade or similar hops, with a good dose of rich sugary malt. Flavor is more bitter and less sweet than the aroma suggests, otherwise the flavor mimics the floral/herbal hop and brown-sugary malt aroma. Medium body and a tingly palate with lots of tiny bubbles. Hmm, a little different for a strong ale but pretty OK.
Zeswaft (1272) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Despite the ambiguity of style with this beer it is still outstanding. Tons of citrus and grapefruit hops. Lots of malt. I could not figure the difference between this and the wingnut or amarillo brillo.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is much more of a ASA than an IIPA...or probably more like a crappy barleywine. Aroma has some creamy sweet hops and a bit of fruit malts...but it is far from IIPA hoppy. Flavor is just missing it...tons of malt and very little bitterness...there is some fruit and spice as well...rather plain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Itís not bad, but it isnít anything special.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks more like an American Strong than an Imperial IPA, but man this baby is loaded with hops. Big promising smack in the nose...Cascade type grapefruit and pine resin. Flavors initially are malt heavy and chewy, but almost immediately followed by a huge hop bitterness and the aforementioned grapefruit and pine again. Very solid effort.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Not the look I expected from IIPA with a slightly murky copper color and a thin off-white head. One sniff and there is no doubt what you are about to partake in. Huge pine and citrus aroma with traces of floral and fruit notes that carry through to the taste with a good malt backdrop to balance things out. The bitterness lingers slightly on the finish. The ABV is well concealed.. that is until you have had a few and realize you have to flip your keys to your wife in order get home in one "piece". Solid brew and I want more.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled two days after it went on at Piece Brewery. Served in a snifter. I was told IIPA, although the color would make one think American Strong Ale. Certainly the style is more fitting for a strong ale. Color of mahogany brown with a nice lacing. Nose is strong of hops and brown sugar. On the palate, thereís plenty of malt notes, dried currant, port, with a grapefruit hop finish. Solid, but it lacked real character. That is, there was nothing extroadinary/memorable about it, but it was good.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber approaching copper with a large, off-white head full of small bubbles. Big, piney nose with grapefruit, caramel, some light apples, brown sugar, light grains (grape nuts), a touch of licorice, white pepper and some bright, fresh lemon zest. The body is big and full, heavy on the tongue. The flavor is sweet in the front, with plenty of caramel and some light fruitiness. The finish shows some warm alcohol and loads of piney, cirtic hops. The bitterness is big but not assaulting to the tongue. The warm, bitter finish is enjoyable and the lack of harshness lends to a higher drinkability despite the high ABV. Another tasty, hoppy beer from Piece. (Apparently some more research needs to be done, because I was told this was a Double IPA and there was certainly nothing *Belgian* about it)
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft...post-DLD06... This beer rocks!... Clear, deep amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Cascade hops, I think. Peppery, citrusy aroma with some light evergreen. Rich, malty flavor up front with lots of hops and yeast covering the rear. Fruity and moderately bitter with a big caramel and toffee malt backbone for support and balance. Full-bodied and ultra-silky with medium carbonation. Finishes bitter and slightly warm. World class effort!
Ughsmash (6666) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Piece... brand new, so no description was available. Poured a deep ruddy brown with a short beige head. Nose was dominated by darker fruits and berries... some floral and citrus hoppage was complementary (first impression was Bigfoot). Flavor followed suit, with lots of rich dark fruit and a solid floral and citrus hop presence. A bit too grainy on the palate. Medium-bodied. Alcohol became stronger at the backend. Solid all-around, with a kick.