glennmastrange (2465) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 Tap. Great aromas of roasted and caramel for the malt, heavy note of pine and grapefruit for the hops, and light smell fo earth and broth for the yeast, with apricot, toffee and the bite of pepper in the background. Head is small, creamy white, with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter, then the long finish is moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily and has a lively carbonation. It finishes moderately astringent and has a very sharp bite at the end. A very unique (for me anyway) double IPA.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not quite as extreme as the younger version but its certainly easier to drink more than one of these. Very piney and grapefruit citrusy. Great body structure and slightly light carbonation. I love hops!
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - OCT 21, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A fine, excellence, wonderful, super awesome double IPA - quite possiblty thr best double or imperial IPA possible. Just super hoppy, but not noticible hop overload....well balanced and tasty.
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF. A great IPA with more IBUs than you would expect, but not noticeable. A hoppy aroma is well balanced with the alcohol content and heavy body.
jefcon (1519) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. This beer deserves every iota of the reputation it has earned. Fragrant hops are earthy, but clean and botanical. Malts and alcohol work in harmony to heighten the sensitivity of the palate and still provide a full, rich feel. Citrus acid and ripe fruit throughout. Sublime. Superb.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty much on of those famous beers that I’ve heard so much about and finally had a chance to try. Huge bold hoppy aroma and flavor. Good malt is still around to back it all up. A darn good beer. These guys pretty much set the standard for IIPAs.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. I have to say, I feel a little bit let down here. This was definitely a good beer - thick enough, hoppy enough, balanced, citrus and piney enough, etc. But it’s definitely not as good as some other DIPAs on the list.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge hoppy nose. Herbs, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, peach. Mouthfeel starts with a slight citrusy sweetness that fades into a wonderfully crispy bitter exclamation point.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint draft at the brewery (x 2). Oh my gosh! This is positively one of the best beers this hop head has ever had. As I recall, the beer was spot on for color (rich amber) and had beautiful lacing throughout the drinking. The aroma and flavor screamed "HOPS!" but was incredibly well balanced with a huge backbone of sweet malts. I would never have guessed this was 8% abv nor 90+ IBUs. But I talked to Vinnie Cilurzo (head brewer) and he confirmed it all, along with its having seven different hop varieties! The man knows how to brew.
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it on tap at the brewery while headed north. Very nice IPA, fresh hop tasting while still extremely bitter. Not as extreme as the younger and that makes it more drinkable. Kick ass beer though!!