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.
Chad9976 (1417) - 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.
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazed reddish amber DIPA with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with grassy hops, light vinous character, nice. In mouth, oxidized vinous malt with treacle, light surranated hops, light mineral notes, OK but tired.
Beerathon (1556) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bomber bottle, 8% ABV listed. Burnt orange pour with semi-creamy khaki colored head and lacing. Hop oils/resin in the nose, along with some pine and grapefruit pith. Sweetish malt backbone helps balance everything out. Very enjoyable.
nimbleprop (5886) - 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.
can8ianben (1402) - State College, 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.
MaBeer1972 (1438) - 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.
kramer (5360) - 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.
AirForceHops (4501) - 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
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found some old rating notes from TapNY 2013 that somehow never got entered. (Iím keeping this a little shorter than my normal rating style to help catch-up my backlog a little faster.)
I thought this was a pretty nice DIPA. It has a plenty of hop bitterness. Fruity hops. Some caramel malt flavors are here too. Pretty nice mouthfeel as well.
b33r (718) - 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