MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Tap in Philly area. Slightly hazy orange color. Grapefruit/citrus aroma. Taste is grapefruit and sweet caramel malts. It’s got a surprising malt backbone that seems to blend in with the hoppiness better that any other beer. Medium body. Finish is nicely bitter and fruity. So very good.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler thanks to one of the members of the CU Beer Club. Much appreciated! Served at the 1/1 tasting at Radio Maria, Champaign. Pours a golden hue with notes of pine and grapefruit. Palate leads into more citrus fruits and some spice. Clearly well made, although not as complex as Dreadnaught in my mind. Good finish, and one of the better IIPAs of the night, which is saying a lot.
Nejhleader (1264) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this should be called piney the eder. It’s a good beer, has a nice hop taste, but has too much of a pine taste mixed in as well. Good body, nice sweet hop aroma.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Tap. Hazy semi clear orange. Small lacing type head. Grapefruit aroma. The taste was well balanced with the hops shining thru . Good malt backbone. mild sweetness. Clean bitter hoppy finish. Great beer.
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light orange body and good white head that lasts. Lace in glass. Very fresh, brought by Dr.Jay from Capone’s near Philly on Russian River night. Bitter bias but also well malted. Perfect soft carbonation. Smooth orange and grapefruit taste.Bitter, sweet, then bitter aftertaste.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brigid’s. Sweet tangy grapefruit aroma, tangelo or tangerine. hop delicious, all in the aroma. light tanslucent amber with short beige sponge head and nice lacing. Delicious orange hops, complex, sweet ruby red grapefruit. Tangy, sweet & bitter balanced to perfection. Barely feels like a double, doesn’t feel heavy or taste of alcohol. Definitely double the flavor of many IPAs, though. definitely deserves its status as one of the best IPAs.
mgardner (8) - Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favorites. Too bad I can only get when I head out west....which is not as much as I would like. Orange/yellow with a nice big white head. Huge hops with a great grapefruit aroma and taste. Solid malt backbone. One of the best out there.
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
] GABF-pours a white head with yellow/orange color. Taste is light/medium citrus hops-grapefruit, faint malt. OK carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 TITW Part Deux - growler courtesy of scraff (through eyedrinkale). Thanks, guys! Clear yellow-orange appearance; big-bubbled white head. Huge hoppy nose: mostly citrus and tropical fruit. Pleasant, well-balanced double ipa: reserved bitterness, grapefruit and dank hoppiness; maple syrup background. Long, piney hop finish. An excellent double ipa.
Rerated, countless times in Sebastopol. A beautiful beer, on all counts.
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hop aroma and flavor:floral, citrus and pine. The bitterness hits you immediately and never quite leaves. The sweet malt creates a nice balance and great finish. Everything you can expect from a great imperial IPA.