Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Aroma of citrusy, spicy, lightly piney, resinous hop and some lightly toasted, sweet malt, with just a bit of yeastiness (bottle conditioned). Cloudy dark golden-orange in color, with a creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. Flavor leads off with a bit of fruity, sweet, toasted malt and citrusy, spicy, embiggened hop flavors, which give the beer its profile, and all the way to the very tip of the aftertaste they’re here in abundance. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, lightly effervescent, and the body is medium-to-full. Just enough malt here to keep the aggressive clamor of the hops in check. This is Rogue doing what they do best. Not sure if the recipe is changed or what, but my bottle says this is made with Maris Otter Pale malt.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this was one of my favorite beers at the san diego strong ale festival. citrussy hop nose. malty start and then intense hop flavors. very citrussy and very smooth. not too dry either. this one has a smooth medium body and leaves you loving hops more than ever before.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the biggest surprise of all the new samples this weekend at the Strong Ale Festival. The aroma was hands down one of my favorites....HOPS HOPS EVERYWHERE!!!!! Piney...citrusy...come one come all kind of HOPS! It poured a nice amber/copper mix with a good head which stuck around for a bit and left a creamy feeling in the mouth. The taste was soooooo incredibly smooth, with the hops, and the florals mixing in so well with the carbonation, that this had me screaming for more. Very smooth, not too dry finish, an impressive surprise.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops abundant! Pour produces a frothy grey head that quickly dissipates. Color is a wonderful cloudy amber/blond. Aroma is overwhelmingly hop with small traces of citrus. The flavor of this beer is not as overwhelmingly hoppy as the nose would suggest but instead offset by a hint of two-row malt. Finish is very sweet.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber, golden color. Good head retention. Slight malt aroma. As you sip the beer, the hops hit you from start to finish. A true hop lovers brew.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not radically hopped, like the commercial description says. Average hopping. Less floral and fruity aromas than typical in better IPAs. Yummy honey sweetness and balanced hops. Good but not great.
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Dull amber color, with a full dense head. Strong resiny and citric hop aroma. Some grapefruit and pine presence. Strongly hopped flavor: more citrus and pine. Balanced but definitely strong bitter finish.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now that’s what i call hops. though labeled an American strong ale here. I2PA definately fit’s, The floral earthy aroma is EXACTLY how i like IPA’s and this is up there on the list of best IPA"s ive ever had. I want more and will definately go get some.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stong pine and citrus aroma. Looks very beautiful in my pint glass. Extremely hoppy flavor without residual bitterness. An impresive and tasty Imperial India Pale Ale.
Crit (3393) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Archer Ale House: Opaque amber. Great grapefruit hop nose. Massively hopped throughout with huge long finish