Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange amber hue, bold citrusy aroma, nice off white creamy head. Citrus flavors assault the taste buds-WOW! Nice caramel malt flavor, balanced by an abundance of hoppiness. Did I mention hoppy? Very smooth for such a highly hopped beer. Malt and hops mask the alohol well, dry finish on the palate. Great 2IPA!
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the AHA NHC in Vegas ’04. Cloudy golden color with nice fluffy head and good lacing. Very piney/pinapple aroma. This sample was 3 days old! Very clean and strong bitterness witjh a good malt foundation. Thanks Vinnie!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@O’brien’s: Orange amber color with an off white (yellowish) head. Sweet slightly grassy aroma. Flavor starts sweet citrus followed by sharp grapefruit and a lingering dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. Balance is on the bitter side, but a damn good IIPA.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ O’Brien’s San Diego
The beer pours somewhat deep amber; the head is white and full in size, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a velum like sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is hop floral, sweet malt underneath, lime like crispness, fresh and a treat for the nose as well as the eyes. “Zap” the hops slam your taste buds to attention, magnificent is a word I think fits perfectly, stern acidity with a hop spicy dry aftertaste that leaves you puckering and eager for another taste. A beer certainly made for us lovers of hops and another great example of the big California Imperial IPA’s.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liar’s Club - tap - San Diego. Clear amber and gold, creamy off-white head. Nose is big shots of fresh "C" hops with grapefruit, sticky sweet pine, florals, apricot, and some earthy caramel. Flavor matches aroma. Medium to full-bodied, smooth, creamy, semi-dry finish. You want the typical beer taste of Southern Cali, you gotta try this one for sure. Good stuff!
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange gold color. Large head. Aroma is floral hops, fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney, floral and citrusy. A remarkably well-balanced IPA. Malts and hops clash and balance with every sip. Hoppy and bitter yet fruity and sweet. Great hop signature. Creamy full mouthfeel. NICE beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
hopscotch (9214) - 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 Liar’s 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.