Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy fiery orange body, medium-thick light cream head. Intense resiny, sticky, citrus rindy aroma, with bitter pine and heavy sugars, caramel, and alcohol. Moving into barleywine territory. Intense, in-your-face resiny, citrusy (grapefruit) hops slam the palate on the first sip, and a strong, full malt sweetness attempts to cut the resins but instead only coats their bitter sharpness. I’m drinking this after it rested in the fridge for about 30 minutes and would actually recommend a longer chilling period. Very good in many regards, but not the most drinkable I2PA. Thanks bu11zeye for the bottle!
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Indy gathering 2005. This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy of unnoted size long lasting white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was hazy and orange brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of strong thick hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering slightly tingly aftertaste. Its flavor contained mostly hoppy notes. It was also thick and good.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle for rating #1500: Dark straw, very cloudy and dirty, moderate white head, frothy, fairly nice lacing.   Rich sweet hop nose, graham cracker, slightly floral, a touch piney.   Smooth hop flavor on the tongue, not overly bitter, decent malt base, fairly sweet, very full bodied.   Quick hop bite on the exit, moreso bitter tea leaves, emergence of citrus notes.   Lingering sweetened hop tea on the finish.   Very smooth, palatable, and well balanced.   One of the best Imperial IPAs out there.   Make sure to let this one warm up a bit.   Thanks DarkElf for the numerous bottles you sent my way!
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light hazy straw in color, light but sharp hop nose. Rich and creamy then the hops come around and linger for a long while with the sweetness. Good long lingering finish and nicely balanced.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
clouded yellow pour with a thin whitish head. lemon aroma. watery hop taste with some pine flavor and light hints of molasses. finish is chalky and weak. this is not appealing to me.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to someone at the Indy Circle City Samplers rate party. Pours a cloudy honey color with a thin lasting head that produces amazing lacing. Hoppy nose with pine, and floral notes. Well balanced flavor with acidic citrus notes, huge hops, and a somewhat souring finish. Very drinkable beer. It is quite amazing.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party
Cloudy, no head or lacing. Nose of fresh orange citrus, piney hops, tart yeasty notes. Very nice. The flavor is smooth, similar and with bright sweet hoppy malts and nice creamy funky yeasty notes in the tail. The finish is balanced and quite quaffable.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#800 - 12 oz bottle via trade with DarkElf - Thanks Stephen! - Pours lovely bright amber color with a nice rocky offwhite head that stays well and laces in layers on the sides of the tulip. Aroma is big hops pine, grapefruit, and some floral notes. Flavor is a beautiful blend of those same citrus and pine hops and nice sweet caramel malts. Resulting in some tangerine flavor as well as a nice bitter pine finish. Palate is smooth and drinkable and pleasant in the mouth. Right up there with the best IIPAs. This is a great beer and worthy of it’s top 50 rating.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong, very hoppy, big in a good way with a great balance of pine and grapefruit notes I like in an IIPA.
jimmyduck (1) - USA - NOV 17, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What’s not to like about this beer? Well, according to the bartender at Pizza Port Carlsbad, the Brewer (Frank?) is gone and so is Frank IPA. Damn, I wish I would have bought 3 or 4 cases instead of 1 last month.
Hopefully, we’ll get some information on where this guy goes with his recipe. Stone or Alesmith perhaps?