IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to DarkElf for this beer.
Shared this with the family at my and my grandmotherís birthday party. Poured a clear effervescent dark amber with a large semi-creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of clean citrusy grapefruit and piney hops, with a touch of sweetness. Taste is sweet and dense malt backbone with a hop kick that makes itself more prevalent in the finish, along with a retronasal alcohol burn. Good body. Complex, thick and tasty IIPA. As my grandfather so accurately put it, "This beer could be a meal in itself."
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a rich amber pour with a 1/2 inch tan head which settles down to a layer of lace. wonderful fruity aroma of grapefruit and apricots. full bodied brew with some caramel & honey sweetness and more grapefruit - piney hops. hops were just a bit over the top in comparison to the malts but still quite delicious.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle - Hand bottled #226 - obtained in a trade with Foolish_Mortal - Thanks Brandon! - Poured copper and clear with a big puffy beige head that lingers and laces very well. Beautiful in appearance. Hoppy is an understatement for the aroma. Citrus grapefruit with an undertone of peaches and a bit of the caramel malt can be found beneath it all. Flavor goes quickly from sweet caramel malts to all c-hops then back to a nice sweet tangerine finish. Balanced very well between the sweet malts and the sharp hops. Body is nice and full but oh so smooth on this beer. Very very nice.. I enjoyed the whole bottle down to the sediment at the bottom and never noticed the 10.5% until I got out of my chair! A hopheadís dream!
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a delicious hoppy beer with a great orange color and a small head. The taste is fruity and hoppy without going overboard on either. Itís a very full beer that is very enjoyable through-out the entire glass.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a med. amber with a whipped white head. Aroma is hugely hoppy with notes of peaches, lemongrass, oranges, and grapefruit. Flavor is more balanced with a nice carameliness and lots of amarrillo and c-hop goodness. Body is med. Finish is "Oh My God" bitter. Canít believe the abv is that high.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Solana Beach. Pours light amber in color with decent off-white head. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma and also caramel malt. Beautifully hopped (15 varieties, so they say), but not over the top. Balanced with maltiness. Even though 2% higher ABV than their Lou P Lin, much less apparent. I love this beer!
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large tan head that lasts leaving behind little lace. Lightly hazy, copper color. Big ole hop nose, resiny, citrusy and lightly earthy, malt aromas are medium. Body is med/full, oily textured, coating. Full flavored medium sweet caramel malts, sticky hops, grapefruit, pine, tangerine, nicely frutiy. A pretty massive brew in all respects. Finish is mildly sweet, heavily hoppy/malty, resiny and earthy with faint butterscotch notes too boot. Many thanks to the Pizza delivery man, DarkElf!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to BobSandage. Poured a hazy orange amber color. Huge aroma of fresh hops. Earthy, piney, and sweaty with some caramel underneath. Hop flavors from start to finish. Long hoppy finish but not very bitter. Medium to full bodied bordering on being syrupy. Alcohol is well hidden.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oops, had originally mis-read this (at NoogFest) as SPF15, a Saison. Now this review makes more sense: Cloudy orange, with a nice big white head. Aroma of hops - pine & citrus - dominate. Kind of a woodsy, piney flavor, and I got a hint of rosemary, too. Mellow to the finish, with surprising alcohol bite at the end.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours with a good head over a clear amber body.
Grassy hop aroma.
Smooth bodied with a well hopped, balanced flavor. Very nice IIPA.