fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Clear golden, Hoppy, citrus, floral, spice, caramel, malty, nutty, very tolorable, and balanced for a double IPA.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Toronado SF. Orange with a slight dark tinge, thin even white head. Hop aroma detected from across the table. Rich citrus/grapefruit mix with some floral notes, strong without being overpowering. Smooth taste - hoppy as hell, but not overly peppery or alcoholic. The citric hops linger long on my palate as I anticipated the next sip. Great.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Slight hazy orange pour with a white head. Looks beautiful! The aroma is simply amazing. I wish I could get a car freshener that smells like this. It is by far the best aroma I have ever had in a beer. Floral, fruity, peaches and grapefruit as well as bitter piny hops. Intense but not overpowering. Complex with a lot going on. The flavor packs a lot of punch as well. Completely dry but still very fruity. Very balanced with a nice malt back. This stuff is incredibly fruity. I love the double IPA’s but they always seem to have a harsh bitter alcohol end, but not this. It’s got all the intense hop character but goes down incredibly smooth and all the alcohol is hidden. I docked it 1 point because my personal preference is to have a little bit of sweetness in the flavor, but otherwise this is a perfect beer.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I had always meant to taste this when I seen it on tap at local spots but just never got around to it until they bottled it. Pours a dense golden brass color with a fluffy patch of white foam. Nose is a fresh and pure serving of wet sticky green hops that are mellowed out and calm unlike some other imperial IPA’s on steroids—not that it is a bad thing to smell an overloaded double IPA. The flavor is pure fresh hops yet balanced with a background of malt and metallic aftertaste.
trevor211 (1538) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 Pours a murky orangeish amber with a *perfect* head. Thick and pillowy with good retention. Aroma is a powerful burst of herbal hops, with a wonderful balance of malts. *Unbelievably* smooth for something at 8% with this much hops. The carbonation is there, and it’s fairly thick, but almost feels as if nothing is in your mouth but a burst of flavor. Has yeasty notes of a Belgian saison-style ale, with (obviously) plenty of hops and the malts to counter. Also notes of grapefruit and light brown sugar. Simply wonderful - a near-perfect IIPA. I cannot wait for this to hit the shelves in Seattle.
StefanSD (2303) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 500 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee. Pours a copper color with a big sudsy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is on par with the best IPA’s; this one has a big green chlorophyll bouquet with pungent, pollen-loaded, lantana blooms. The taste lacks the big biter hoppy bite that I expect from an IPA. The flavor continues--smooth with mild hops, sweet cotton candy, caramel malts and biter walnuts. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The finish clean and dry. Overall: I have waited a long time to try this beer and it is a great one. It goes down smooth and easy, perhaps the most easy drinking IIPA yet. Congrats to RR for this beauty.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Richmond Summer Gathering. 500ml bottle courtesy of cdumler. Clear gold with a small white head. Big herbal hop nose that seemed to morph into grapefruit. Soft malt flavors melded well with the herbal and citrus. A good beer, but don’t get the hype.
Oscbert (1214) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
~Pours a light copper color with lasting white head. Good lacing.
~Good sweet grapefruity hop scent.
~Sweet malty and citrusyhoppy taste.
~Sticky creamy feel. Bitter finish.
~A nice Double IPA. Easy to drink and a nice bitter bite!
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted @ the Toronado.in SF.
Very nice brew! Citric, hoppy aroma. Strong hoppy flavor, nice smooth hopbitterness. Great.
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 22oz bottle. Pours clear gold, strangely lighter than the Blind Pig. Big huge citrus notes in the nose with a lovely floral underpining. Flavor is very hoppy, not really my thing but a remarkable beer because I actually enjoyed drinking a imperial IPA. Very refreshing with perfect malt/hop/carbonation balance. Slightly caramely and with some vanilla bean notes to take some of the bite off the really piney citrus hops that dominate the first 2/3rds of the beer. Very well done.
Rerate 3/5/09. Better than I remembered. Complex and lovely. The best of a style I don’t particularly care for.