luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear light amber color with a small, frothy, off-white, fully and quickly diminishing head.
The aroma was malty with trace notes of toasted grain; hoppy with heavy notes of herbs, lemon, grass, grapefruit, resin/pine; trace miscellaneous notes of peach, vanilla and light notes of honey and oak.
The flavor was moderately sweet, harshly bitter with a long, moderately-to-heavily, unpleasantly grippy bitter finish. Retros of varnish.
The body was medium-to-full, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was lively. The harsh bitterness in the finish combined with the thick palate gave the overall mouth experience a clingy, yucky net.
Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear orange with a lasting amber head. Aromas of orange, pine and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavors of orange peel, carmel and pine with a dry bitter finish.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Pizza Port Carlsbad
Pellucid Amber color with a nice head and lacing. The nose is piney with some cascades and cenntential? I donít know. Itís lighter on the grapefruit front than the Hops on Rye. The flavor is sweet and syrupy with rich and infused hop juicey notes. Whoa, this is a crazy hopped beer. A bit of the funky off-notes and palte malt are preseat in the finish, but it takes a long time to get across to that side of the beer. I like these hop monsters but it seems like thereís the only side of it. Anyways, itís nice to drink and Iím sure has good health properties to it but itís not an every-person easy drinking beer.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bistro IIPA Fest. Hoppy, hemp aroma; wonderful. Slightly hazy amber with a large, off-white, small bubble head on top; large bubble when viewed from the side. Excellent lace. Very sweet; almost cloying. Very high alcohol presence. Improves as it warms. Very nice, but not my favorite IIPA of the day.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XBF06: Cloudy orange with a large white head, rich pine and spices in the aroma, full bodied, oily texture, mild carbonation, starts and ends very bitter. A bold yet pleasant beer.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at the 2006 Bistro 2xIPA Festival. Deep orange color. Medium to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney and earthy. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity, caramel and earthy. Hops are over the top citrusy, piney and floral. Fairly bitter IPA, but with lots of residual sweetness. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Talk about your balls to the Wall Imperial IPA. Awesome. May be over the top for some, this is not an IPA for the weak. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden amber color with a medium head and sticky lacing that rings the glass through-out the beer. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with hints of citrus through-out. Flavor is phenomenal... hops (slight pines hints as well) and sweetness with hints of citrus and a very slight malt aftertaste. Smooth on the palate, but thick. This is a fantastic beer.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA) Dang!! The nose is just bursting with bright, crisp, intense grapefruit and pine, simply incredible. Lots of grapefruit and pine -- more pine, actually -- in the flavor, mildly sweet, moderate tea character. Eventually, after 10-15 minutes, the nose becomes less grapefruity and more vegetal, as so often happens with this massively hoppy beers. The flavor drops the grapefruit as well, but the pine stubbornly maintains its prominence while adding a modest vegetal flavor. Medium-full in body but very crisp, so the beer seems lighter on the palate than it really is. The amber body is only slightly hazy, and pours with a small, off-white head that settles to a ring with no lacing. Because the intense grapefruit is replaced by a more vegetal flavor, I suggest ordering this in the smaller 10-ounce glasses and drinking it before the grapefruit fades. I tried to order another glass, but the keg blew just seconds before. Looking forward to this being on tap from time to time at Pizza Port as Mr. Bagby has said this is not a one-shot deal.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Lupulin Slam III. For me, this was the best hop bomb of the night. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. The aroma was full-on pine grapefruit hop explosion, just marvelous. Flavor of intense, violent levels of pine, grapefruit, citrus, wood, toffee and caramel. Just oozing with Pacific NW hop goodness. Slight touch of alcohol in the finish. Pleasant malt sweetness, plenty of hop bitterness as you would expect. Full and round with medium creaminess on the palate; moderate carbonation. Just a beautiful beer. I would kill to get a bottle of this.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This elixir pours with a clear deep amber body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet but full of hoppy bitterness with a great grapefruit and pine note, and a hint a malt and cramel. Medium to full bodied, slightly oily and smooth.