IrishBoy (3727) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 On tap at the pub. Nice deep gold with a white head. Good hoppy aroma with a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness! Rerate 2/11/07 8/4/4/4/17 4.1
Bottle from Odeed; Nose of ivy and a little citrusy hops; clear dark gold with a medium off white head; Flavor is very citrusy with a bigger hop bitterness hitting a second or so later; finish is lightly bitter. Pretty good even in the bottle.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled from the unofficially bottled from a 5 gallon keg into 22 oz. bombers by BA RedwoodGeorge, the beer came out well carbonated, and free of oxidation, thanks to the counterpressure filler used during bottling. The body was clear pale in color, and the head was frothy and stable. The aroma was a milder version of the grapefruit and pine hops than the nephew beer. The hop flavor leaped off the taste buds with a citric and salty vigor. The malt was primarily a supporting player here, with a clean unobtrusive semi-sweet character. This was more of a spicy rather than bitter hop profile, which suited me just fine. The mouthfeel was medium and slick, with hops fading off rather than sticking around as a teeth coating film. This beer was very easy to drink, with no hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV. Different than Pliny the Younger in several ways (not quite as sweet, nor as aromatic), but I can still see the family resemblance.
stoutchap (370) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not a huge IPA fan, but I really liked this, and thought it was a godd representation of the style.
Nice clear, light amber, with a short off white head. Citrus nose, with some piny notes. Grapefruit start, pine middle, and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Warmed a little as the glass went on.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow, my first drinkable IIPA. Smooth yet very hoppy. Let me repeat that, very hoppy. I’m not a fan of the style, yet I’m very pleased. Very good.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nicely done Imperial IPA. The aroma is highly hopped, but not too sweet or astringent. The is a very smooth beer, the carbonation is perfect, all the hops are well-matched. Not syrupy at all, and very, very easty to drink.
notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil - extremely smooth and drinkable for a double IPA - the hops certainly pack a punch, but don’t destroy your palate like a lot of other west coast IIPAs - because of this, the fruity malt sweetness doesn’t have to be so powerful either, creating a great balance and drinkability.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange with a very creamy white head. Strong mellon and grapefruit hop aroma with hints of orange peel. Hoppy bitter taste with some orange. Long thin dry bitter body with loads of alcohol. Although this was a great brew, in my opinion it wasn’t as bitter as I’d have liked.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 Poured light golden with a thick white head. Good retention and lace. Aromas of graitfruit, citrus, pinapple, mango and orange enticed me. The taste did the same. Graitfruit is not a fruit I care for, however it worked for me here. Perfect palate because of the smoothness. Drinkability was exceptional for Double IPA.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(02.04.06) On tap at RFD Washington, Washington, D.C. Leftovers from RFD’s Lupulin Slam III Festival held in late January 2006. Light golden amber having a giant white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Mouth-watering hop aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts with light sweet malt and hoppy/resiny pine flavors. Finishes with light hop bitterness. Well-balanced with pronounced assertive hop profile. Nice firm malt foundation to support the giant hop flavor. An excellent hoppy beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Bottle courtesy of BeerandIT on 04/30/2009. Slightly hazy pale amber body with a medium frotyhy off-white head. Citrus, piney and resiny hop aroma. Sweet citrus pine and resiny flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1
02/08/2006: Clear amber color with a cramy white head. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter flavor while somewhat syrupy. 7/4/9/4/16 - 4.0