JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muted light hop aroma floats above caramel malts. Deep amber in color, fairly clear, with some dark yeasties. Lots of maltiness, almost overwhelms the hops, leaves a bitter finish, but does not excel in the hop flavor department. Very full bodied with little apparent alacohol. Not too bad.
kramer (4700) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tap. Pours a crystal clear dark copper body with a reddish hue. The nose is moderately hoppy with a little too much crystal malt sweetness. Decent citrus and grapefruit qualities to the hops. The flavor is way too sweet for my tastes. Itís really heavy on the crystal malt, tastes like Lipton Instant Iced Tea mix. It dulls the hops horribly. The sweetness lingers on for a long time in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with tons of residual sweetness. Soft gentle carbonation. Terrible example of an IIPA for my tastes.
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It is rare that I try a IIPA that I dislike... This came close. Mostly sweet big malt and bitter finish. I didnít get a very powerful aroma or hop flavor. I wish there was more here, I really wanted to like it.
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ J. Ryanís. red color with great head retention. Nose is light citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is a strong amount of pine hops with caramel backbone with a hint of Earthy malt. Body is medium with a moderate lingering bitterness. More like a standard IPA, then DIPA. Ok
Chad9976 (1087) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 4/13/13 making it less than three weeks old.
Appearance: Extremely hazy but translucent shade of burnt umber/dark orange/cherry red. Forms a small, off-white, foamy head which leaves some lacing and never completely evaporates.
Smell: Extremely earthy aroma of tree bark, pine cones and grass but also a subtle fruit juice concentrate scent as well.
Taste: I hate to criticize an up-and-coming brewery since we beer nerds are supposed to support the little guys, but if a beer is not good Iím not going to lie about it. And while Rooster Fish Hop Warrior Imperial IPA is far from abysmal, the fact remains itís just not a good beer.
The reason this beer fails for me is twofold: a complete lack of hops; and a base malt flavor of burnt peanut brittle. Though itís quite hoppy to the nose, thereís little actual bitterness to be found here. This is especially disappointing considering the label indicates an IBU rating of "100+". Thereís a mild sweetness throughout the first half of the palette. Itís a general earthy flavor but without anything particularly distinctive. The finish imparts an off taste akin to licking a pine cone. Sure, some hops can have a piney taste to them, but this doesnít seem right. The aftertaste is akin to burnt sugar, or maybe even sorghum. I donít really know what this beer is supposed to be, but basing an entire DIPA around the Warrior hop doesnít seem to work.
Drinkability: Though I didnít much care for the taste, I have to admit Rooster Fish Hop Warrior Imperial IPA was surprisingly drinkable at first. The body seems to be undercarbonated, creating for a thin, slightly flat mouthfeel. This makes it easy to drink, but once it warms the aftertaste becomes dry and bitter. At 8% ABV itís inefficient, though I could probably throw back the entire bottle myself easily.
nimbleprop (4205) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy orange with some frothy white head. Nose is all citrus, orange, grapefruit juice, grapefruit peel. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little under attenuated, orange candy, caramel, grapefruit. Full, bitter finish. Something a little off.
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle obtained from a recent trip to Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca. This one pours out a medium amber color with a big frothy light tan head. Strong aroma of burnt rubber. Flavor is malty and hoppy as advertised. Lots of muddled bitterness. No distinct hop notes. Mild grapefruit, some sweet malts, tiny bit of honey. Goes down quite nicely though. Under-rated in a very competitive category.
b33r (638) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cloudy orange in color with small off-white head and good lookin lacing. Cloudiness is different than most IIPAs, itís nice. The flavor is really strong, bitter, with light fruit notes. Great carbonation popping around on my tongue. Very good overall
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. subtle floral hop aroma, Sweet malts on the palate, creamy mouth feel, some booze comes through, somewhat linear. would like a bit more upfront bitterness on the palate
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A run of the mill sweet fruity IPA. Ok.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed probably fresh, tasting session with Montreal gang
The look: Cloudy dirty orange body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose is not the most aromatic showing leafy and fruity hops. Taste is heavy on the malts (cookies, caramel) with dried fruits, oranges and juicy leafy hops. A bit sweeter than I
like a 7.5% IPA to be. It was only a 4oz sample so I donít have much to say about this beer but it was enough to know that this is at best an average example of the style. This bottle was my first experience with Rooster Fish. Iíd like to try more beers from Rooster Fish and also eat more of these two animals, the two healthiest meats, better yet, I want to eat both at once, I wanna eat a penguin.
Drake (7955) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal hops and honey-ish malts. The taste is bitter citrus and faintly herbal hops with pale malts. Medium bodied.