auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Handbottle Serene Bavarian wheat fields on a dusky half clouded morning, brimming with Aegean sea foam, oh-so-white. The olfactories are punched with a Holyfield-esque assault of Great Smoky Mountain pines. It takes me to a campfire on the Mexican border, searing hickory, blue spruce and australian pine into the humours. A small Asian man is cutting lemons, limes and oranges for vodka tonics, rum & cokes, and wheat beers on a sandy Texan barrier island. On the tounge, a paltry ascension of crisp clean linens wafts in a flow of citrus splendor, yet drenched in the syrupy density of turbid malts. Here, Iím stubbled with Mayflies, calling to the low lying blueberry shrubs for a another round. Give me your sweet juices and another afternoon of pescatory adventures. Someone on another boat yells, "Layoff the coriander!" Resins capitulate my taste buds to rise once again. Is there are green fringe to this beer? Delicate. Nicely malted. Fantastic example. Original rating 838417=4.0 on March 8, 2006.
500mL Bottle. After having the Blind Pig, this comes across as so much juicier and crisper. Aroma is a piquant citrus wafter. Pour follows in bronzed gold and a rim in white, clear. Flavor is tight and succinct. Rich citrus-heavy hop character, bright fruits and a delicate, richly nuanced fruity and estery malt profile that beautifully compliments the hops. Stunning, even in bottle form. Thanks Andy! Re-rate: 848417 on September 13, 2008.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mugís Ale House. Clear golden color with a small white head. Strong grapefruit hop aroma with a bit of pine and just a touch of toasted malts. Flavor was almost all hops. Lots of citrus and pine with a bit of caramel malt. Somewhat one dimensional to me, but it is one hell of a good dimension. Very rich, full palate.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was happy to find this on tap at capital ale house. Got the large beer, so this one started my night off well. Very full flavored beer with obviously lots of grapefruit bitter hops. If you are a hop head, dont pass it up.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - Brilliant golden body with a very clean white head that diminishes very slowly. Much more pronounced hops in this beer than the regular Russian River IPA. Heavy citrus is also present. Extremely heavy pines and hop character in the taste, so much bitterness that it almost burns, outstanding! This beer is very similar to the Stone Ruiniation IPA, though a bit more watery.
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 On tap at the pub. Nice deep gold with a white head. Good hoppy aroma with a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness! Rerate 2/11/07 8/4/4/4/17 4.1
Bottle from Odeed; Nose of ivy and a little citrusy hops; clear dark gold with a medium off white head; Flavor is very citrusy with a bigger hop bitterness hitting a second or so later; finish is lightly bitter. Pretty good even in the bottle.
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled from the unofficially bottled from a 5 gallon keg into 22 oz. bombers by BA RedwoodGeorge, the beer came out well carbonated, and free of oxidation, thanks to the counterpressure filler used during bottling. The body was clear pale in color, and the head was frothy and stable. The aroma was a milder version of the grapefruit and pine hops than the nephew beer. The hop flavor leaped off the taste buds with a citric and salty vigor. The malt was primarily a supporting player here, with a clean unobtrusive semi-sweet character. This was more of a spicy rather than bitter hop profile, which suited me just fine. The mouthfeel was medium and slick, with hops fading off rather than sticking around as a teeth coating film. This beer was very easy to drink, with no hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV. Different than Pliny the Younger in several ways (not quite as sweet, nor as aromatic), but I can still see the family resemblance.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím not a huge IPA fan, but I really liked this, and thought it was a godd representation of the style.
Nice clear, light amber, with a short off white head. Citrus nose, with some piny notes. Grapefruit start, pine middle, and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Warmed a little as the glass went on.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow, my first drinkable IIPA. Smooth yet very hoppy. Let me repeat that, very hoppy. Iím not a fan of the style, yet Iím very pleased. Very good.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nicely done Imperial IPA. The aroma is highly hopped, but not too sweet or astringent. The is a very smooth beer, the carbonation is perfect, all the hops are well-matched. Not syrupy at all, and very, very easty to drink.
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil - extremely smooth and drinkable for a double IPA - the hops certainly pack a punch, but donít destroy your palate like a lot of other west coast IIPAs - because of this, the fruity malt sweetness doesnít have to be so powerful either, creating a great balance and drinkability.