VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - Poured a dark orangish amber in color with a medium off-white head that stuck around. Some lacing too. Aroma was strong of citrus/grapefruit hops. Flavor was quite hoppy with little malt to balance and fairly bitter. Sort of an unpleasant aftertaste of "something" burnt. Lingering bitter finish. A middle of the road IIPA
rocbyter (1980) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma dominated by floral hops with a slight amount of citrus. Cloudy orange color Initial bitter taste. Finishes malty with a meduim palate.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strong fruits greet the nose - cherries and berries weren’t what I expected in the aroma of an IIPA but the citrus character (lime/grapefruit) is strong too and there is plenty of candy-like sweetness. Hazy copper coloured body is topped by a low white head that recedes to a partial cover with some sudsy lacing. Strong hops are pungent in the flavour. Bitterness is quite pronounced. Supporting malt character is sadly lacking. Very dry medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled with Altair, beerbuzzmontreal, Cathschlag, Glouglouburp, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Yowie.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Medium amber colored body with a large very light tan colored head that lasts. The aroma has grapefruit, wet spruce, and bits of earthy/wet grassy hops. The hops come through very wet and thick, though not as bright and citrus-scented as some other IIPA’s (this is not a negative or positive either way). There’s even a bit of sweet caramel and bits of sugar in the aroma, which is nice. The taste shows some bitter, grassy, wet hops that really show the bitterness, maybe moreso than they show a bright floral-citrus character. There’s also some nice malt character in here - caramel, light toast, light roasted nuts show up for just a bit, which really gives it a more complex flavor than all hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes with some light roasted malt notes along with extended bitterness and lemon grass from the hops. Not a bad IIPA.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear burnt orange body with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and light spruce. Flavor of hops, toasted malt, and caramel with a dry, bitter bite in the finish.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from 22 oz bottle in Montreal on Glouglouburp’s roof at the tiggmtl-returns/MartinT leaves for Japan party, June 17 2007. A decent, lasting, soupy off-white head tops the dirty copper body....pungent, stinky wet hops blast the aroma, simple but effective, mostly citrus but some light resinous qualities also appear....very sweet, sugary, hops are barely present in the mouth until the fairly dry and hard finish....syrupy mouthfeel, bitter/burnt notes make that last gulp down the throat a bit challenging and not altogether pleasant....certainly more "extreme" than I expect from this brewer, but I’m preferring their more balanced Belgians at this point.
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle, thanks muzzlehatch) Clear amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, butter, some caramel/cookie. Taste is mild sweet, grapefruit/earthy, grassy, some caramel. Sharp bitterness. Light alcohol burn in the finish. Medium-full body.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy orange body with a small white head. Ripe fruits aroma. Creamy round body that nonetheless lacked malt. Typical smooth caramel flavour. Smooth expressionless hops with typical citrus fruits flavour. The beer just came out and our fresh new bottle felt a bit old. Not impressive at all. Aims to be more than it really is with the big “Extreme” logo on the label. As far as a double IPA is concerned this one is about as extreme as playing chess without a helmet.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Copper caramelly color with a nice creamy head and lots of lacing. the nose is grassy with plenty of grapefruit and citrusy notes. The flavor strong with plenty of alcohol notes and caramel malts, the hop notes are subtle in the flavor, but the zesty hot ethanol kicks up over most of the dry hops. The finish is nice and creamy, sweet. Hot lingering alcohol and sweet caramel malts. The hops are nice in the nose and are downhill from there, but the malts stay plenty clean. Excellent company sharing this bottle with argo0 and chris_o on the sunday after the summer gathering. Thanks to muzzlehatch for this bottle.