AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep ruby color with thick tan head. Aroma is rich with west coast hops and som malt. Take a sip and the bitterness really kicks in. Strong alcohol, strong bitterness, and enough malt to smooth them out. Nice.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish-copper liquid with a moderate tan head. Slightly hazy. Surprisingly malty aroma. Strong resinous and grassy hop aroma as well, but I was quite surprised by the strong malt smell. Large hop bitterness with a strong malt counter-balance. Lingering bitterness.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hm, tastes more like a strong CA red. Itís bitter, but roasty and caramelly. Aroma is... well itís definately Amarillo if thatís your thing, and more roasted malts, bit of alcohol, and some berry like notes. Pretty decent, considering I havenít liked Reaperís other beers. Looks quite nice, itís very red.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Reddish-brown-amber color with a big beige head. Hop, spice, and an almost creamy aroma. A little roasted malt in the background, but this is big hops - spice, pine, citrus. Medium body - body almost feels like it has a bit of rye in it. Hides alcohol well - canít feel it until youíve had a few and want to stand up. Very good.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy orange hue with a halo of a head. Malty aromas of honey and spice. Flavors of pine and citrus and well balanced hops to malts ratio. Flavor lingers. Great, but not the best.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Barley wine/double IPA hybrid like Hog Heaven and Hop 15. Very dark for the style; deep copper bronze. I purded it heavey and it produced a nice off white head. Head dimishes quickly a leaves a small ring of froth around the glass. Aroma is malty with caramel, raisin, and a little bit of cherry. Palate is really soft and laid back with soft carbonation. Taste is malty sweet with the caramel raisin and cherry that was found in the nose but also includes a touch of roasted malt, figs, dates, and a slight smoke and wood touch. The finish is bitter, but not as much as you would expect from a double IPA. Alcahol is not noticeable. A really unexpected find, and is a great, unique alternative to the normal massively hopped double IPAs. Hightly recommended.
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Cask @ Green Flash
WOW! The casked version of this beer is amazing. 2 lbs of Amarillo leaf hops stuffed in the cask make this IIPA an olfactory delight! Incredible grapefruit/orange assault on the nose and palate. Pours orange-amber. So hoppy you have to make sure your teeth arenít green! Rich malt profile with just enough sweetness balances the hop attack, and the alcohol is well masked. The best Reaper Ale yet! Hatís off to brewer John Stuart!
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Thick stubborn head that sits a top a deep dense auburn colored ale. Leaves good amount of lacing while the nose isnít as strong as youíd expect from a double IPA, but the hops and a wild floral aroma can be easily found. Nice blend of citrus grapefruit, orange, along with sour green grapes. A very hearty serving of hops as well and will also have a earth tone to it. Another damn good beer available locally in southern Cali!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IIpa pours with a deep red body topped by a thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter with notes of tropical fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty yet bitter and hoppy with piney notes and a little fruit. Full bodied, warming and tingly on the tongue.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep cherry mahogany color with a creamy tan head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is surprisingly mild for an IIPA, but thereís a nice caramelish sweet malt scent with grapefruit hoppiness evident also. Flavor is much more bold with a rich well-roasted malt backbone and and nice biting hops to balance. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in both the aroma and flavor. Full, thick body and creamy carbonation. Very enjoyable, if not the top of the IIPA class.