Braudog (6197) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 Rerated 2/24/06 from the ceramic swing top. Poured a beautiful orange hue with a towering head. In my original rating in June 2003 I think I was three sheets to the wind and was overpowered by the strength. As a more studious beer sampler now, I find this beer incredible. This has the perfect appearance of a beer ... with a tornadic interior culminating in the perfect rocky head. The beer is strong, to be sure. But it delivers such a beautiful texture and flavor of pine-based hop. Damn near perfect.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
like a very ripe, market fresh yellow apricot in a glass, with a creamy wash of foam that vaulted out onto the stage like big broadway production, but then got cancelled after just one showing. aroma depicts actually living within the heart of the most corpulent resinous hop bud, like you're a little mite stuck in the piney gelatinous core. notes of ginger, twinkie, and alcohol are in support roles. ouch! a fairly biting hop-nectar; smooth carbonation and negligable sweetness allow some dangerous runaway bitterness. like chewing on a grapefruit rind. just a sip of this would probably kill the average budmilcoo drinker-- the very thought of which makes me like it more, but overall, my palette says that this screams "yin" in a deafening way while "yang" (the malt) suddenly has laryngitis.
HighlanderOne (1165) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a pale ale on steroids. Aroma - dominant hops and malt. Flavor - hops and malt like I've never experienced. Almost too much of a good thing. I thought I wasn't going to like it at first, but it had a good mouthfeel and finished pretty nicely. A quality beer, but not for regular use.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff. Hops smack you in the aroma department right away. Sort of SN Bigfoot feel and taste to it. Tried real hard to find the marris otter malt, just not a lot to be found. Thats ok with me though. Still a refreshing, crisp, spicy, in your face hop-juice. Certainly worth trying once if you're a hophead. As an FYI, since it's not listed here...this weighs in at 9.5%, so drink with caution all you lightweights out there! ;-)
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dreadnaught is more complex and sweeter. I2pa has a nice heft to the body and bite to the hops, but I did not like the orange peel bitterness of the finish. It could use some more malty sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice, lightly hazy, orange color with a thick head. I can smell the hops from a couple feet away. Rich hoppy aroma, medium body, strong hoppy flavor that stays a long time. It starts bitter sweet, with a lot of flral notes and then fades to just floral. I can definitely pick out Cascade and Saaz hops. Yum! One of the best IPAs I've had so far.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright orange color with a tiny lacing around the sides of glass. Highly alcoholic nose, mouth and esophagus. Very hoppy, and it is a lot heavier than most Pale Ale's. Fruity - apples and melons and a bit spicy. Bitter bite to the finish. Something reminiscent of ginger is there too. A little more palatable after it warms up.
notalush (5640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper - head disappears quickly and completely - aroma of alcohol, hops and apricots - flavor has decent malt presence, generous hopping and some fruit hints - the alcohol comes through a bit too much as the beer gets warmer - the finish is a bit metallic at times, but it is still a decent Imperial IPA.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
White head covers the light amber body, but head retention could be better for the amount of malt present. Citrus/spruce hop aromas present, but no where near where it's counterparts are for 2xIPA; Alcohol also present and it could use more malt aroma. Malty and hop flavors are pretty equally balanced, but hop finish and aftertaste dominate. This beer could use more aging. The finish is dry and hoppy, but also astringent. Alcohol is barely noticable in the mouthfeel; low amount of carbonation very appropriate for pale ale style, but the astringecy takes a little away. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd seek out on a regular basis.
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Nice orange pour with a small white head. Pretty big hoppy aroma. Very nice hoppy taste and heavily bitter. Bitterness continues through the finish, but enjoyable. Very nice beer.