hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Liarís club in San Diego...
Crystal clear, golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and excellent, thick, creamy lace. The aroma is of cascade hops, apricot, spruce, light smoke and habanero without the heat. The flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter finish with a little grassiness at the very end.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco; my first IIPA. Bronze coloring with a small head; a fruity flavor finished off by a nice bitter finish. A big beer, and a great one.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Englander. Orange body with medium white head. Great piney hop aroma. Strong spicy bitterness is fairly balanced by the malts--more so than in their standard IPA. Alcohol is hardly detectable for a beer of this strength.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Poured clear amber with a thick, creamy white head. Delicious aroma dominated by grapefruit hops, malts noticible as well. Rich flavor, carmelly malts, wow, way grapefruity hop flavor with more hops.
A little unbalanced but not bad. Body is smooth and full with creamy carbonation.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This IIPA pours with an orange amber body topped by a thin head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and grapefruity with tons of bitter, piney hop notes. The flavor is very bitter, piney and hoppy with a slight grapefruit note. This is one of the hoppiest beers Iíve ever had. Full bodied, warming and slightly dry.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Toronado, San Fransisco. Full on Americn hops in both aroma and flavour. Massive grapefruit pine, and heavy bittrness. Despite being massively hopped this manages to maintain some balance and softness around the edges. A good beer.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 (Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) Strongly hoppy aroma is amazing and letís you know what youíre in for with this beer: hops, hops and more freakiní hops! Unfortunately, this double IPA is less malty than some others in this category, so this ends up being strongly dominated by the hops right from the start, and especially in the finish where wince-inducing grapefruit and hops are pushing the legal limit; For the amount of hops, it is surprisingly moderate in bitterness though; The 8% alcohol is well hidden; Clean and crisp on the palate, though definitely a medium to full bodied beer; Light amber color; Huge carbonation bubbles rise very quickly through the beer; Off white head has average retention and leaves some patchy lacing.<hr>(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA; 28-Jan-05) Compared side-by-side with Pliny the Younger, and while I like Pliny the Elder, I definitely like the Younger more. Again, my impression is that this beer isnít as balanced as I prefer, with the malt just being terribly submissive to the hops. Very hoppy, very bitter, strong grapefruit, and that remains consistent from start to finish. So if youíre an all out hophead, Pliny the Elder is your Imperial IPA, but if youíre like me and prefer a potent malt presence in your Imperial IPAs, Younger is better.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Had on tap, on cask, and though the the DFH Randall beer filter. On cask, it may have been one of the best IIpA Iíve had. On tap, a little to carbonated and a little too much bitterness. The bitterness took away from other aspects of the beer. But still a decent IIPA and will try again.......Update--- this is my favorite double ipaís. Always tasty and almost always available at obriens. Well balanced with hoppy, bitter finish with just the right amount of sweetness (very little) to balance it out.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF '03, hops,hops and more hops.Just like advertsied citrus and PINE.A very good IPA, I wish it were available on the East Coast.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Another fine beer by Vinnie. I cannot wait for more of this stuff. If you read this Vinny, when is the bottled version going to be availale? Please Beer Mail me.