AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh fruity citrus hop nose, floral fresh hop juice flavor, perfectly balanced without even coming close to being over bittered. Alcohol disguised with care. Delicate hop flower flavor, so good. I can;t express this to you enough, this ale is of a very high quality, so clean and light, yet so robust and distinct. I had no idea that I was buying such an incredible ale when I was at the shop, I’m new to the area and this came as an absolute shock to me, I was told that I actually scored a bottle from the first batch ever to be bottled, HISTORY! Proud to be a part of it.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
<b>Bottle:</b> Courtesy of bvc...thanks Brandon. Pours a light copper-orange with a two-finger white head and excellent lacing/retention. The nose hints at massive amounts of citrus, specifically grapefruit, apricots and peach with some oh-so-subtle grassy and resin notes. Decent so far...immediately upon tasting this I was a bit let down, I was expecting a hop-bomb and got something much less. The hoppiness is present but not in the blow-my-mind sense and frankly I was a bit disappointed especially considering all the hype around this. It is very clean and dry with a very good hop profile but I would not put this in Hopslam or Dreadnaught’s league when fresh...and I’ve got to assume I received a fresh bottle.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a powerful, but flavourful, full-bodied double IPA that deseves its high repuation for the style. It has plenty of bitterness and hop power, but keys to it are the strong, rich malty-alcoholic backbone, complex range of full flavours, and overall relative balance.
It is amber with hints of copper, big, creamy, off-white head lasting and slowly shrinking, great rings of even lace. Tha aroma is mostly muscat grapes with pine, grapefruit, pineapple, honey, overall very fruity and flowery take on IPA. The taste is predominantly sweet wine, honey, with a lot of pine, grapefruit, hints of bread and grain, especially in the finish, it has firm sweetness under the dominant bitterness, being mostly sweet wine and hops. The bitterness is soemwhat drying but not overly so.
raphael (912) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it at festivals and now in bottlke! Full flora aroma, nose tickliing-- I cannot pull the parts apart, a little honey getting through. Frothy white head with a golden glow. While the hops are strong, the sweetness pokes through, almost watermelon, then lemon, then comes a bitter rasp that doesnt linger. Smooth, oily, lightness on the palate.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Hop pellet nose, musky pine and citrus. Clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Flavor is phenomenal. Orange juice hop character at a perfect level of bitterness interplaying with fruity sweet notes all the way to the finish. Extremely clean, chewy but still highly drinkable.
CelticBrew (851) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured (5000ml) a light orange, with a golden hue, forming a good size white head of foam. Aroma pine, hops with a tinge of citrus tones. Flavour was full bodied, hoppy, malts, pine resin dominate as sweet carameled malts and tropical fruit balance this wonderful beer. Mouthfeel was sticky, and lacing beautiful. Highly quaffable, as this beer is smooth, yet bitterly delicious. Alcohol hidden, thus dangerous. Beer drinkers delight!
Tmoney99 (11062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spruce citrus hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Re-Rate 1/13/10. One of my favorites. Orange-gold, thick head, nice scattered lacing. The aroma is a wonderful and a powerful blend of pine, grapefruit, lemons, herbs and flowers. The flavor follows; nice and hoppy but far from massively bitter and perhaps less intense than the aroma. Delicious and a very drinkable IIPA. Original Rating: Big thanks to zythum for this one! Pours an orange-golden color with a thin frothy off-white head with some pretty nice retention and lacing. Aroma is lots of hops, especially pine, with some citrus there as well. The hops up front are sticky pine needles with some lemon, honey, and caramel notes. The finishing hops are juicy grapefruit. Crisp, bitter, and dry. This has lots of hops, yes, but what I love about this beer is that it is extremely drinkable. I imagine this will find a spot close to the top of my list. Thanks again zythum!
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unassuming, modest bronze body, but with an absolutely luscious, creamy, hop-resin filled head.. Aroma is sharp Chinook some fruity & grapefruity Crystal and some pine,.Perhaps a hint of Simcoe passionfruit. A fully hoppy flavor that is rather grapefruity and touches of over-ripe fruit. High, but manageable amounts of bitterness. Still, a couple of these are sure to give you a hop-headache. Co-humulone factor seems high. A solid IPA, but not quite a world-beater.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1000th Rating, big thanks to RiversideAK for this one! Pours a clear light copper/amber body with a frothy off white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is medium sweet with grapefruit, pine, bread and caramel sweetness. Flavor is grapefruit, pine and caramel. Very simple yet a wonderful blend. Medium to full body, thick texture. Sweet bitter/caramel flavor lingers nicely. Great beer!