Manetsdad (12) - USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at San Diego Brewing Company. Beautiful color and foamy white head. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. Flavor is dominated by citrus and pine notes. This is a delicious beer and worth buying anywhere you can get it!
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stoutlover is the man for getting this to the columbus crew. Pours with a nice yellow orange color and not much head at all, but it was from a growler that was poured probably almost a month ago. The aroma is very juicy and citrusy and can be smelled far away from the glass. Taste is a little bitter, citrusy, piney, and had a little alcohol. Palate was great, not to sweet and not too much alcohol. Great beer.
DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at DRE. This one didn’t look like a great beer. The color, a medium straw color, with minimal off-white head, lulled me to sleep a bit. I like my IIPAs a bit more copper/ruby tinged. Then I smelled it! Wow! Heavy piney hop aroma, with big cracked black peppery notes, mango, canteloupe, tangerine. The caramel malt bill is large, which nicely balances the hops and fruit, and this one gets even fruitier as it warms, with some heat toward the end. The heat prevented a perfecto here, but this beer was well worth the 3 year wait it took me to get some.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA. I had been fiending for this one for some time now, and finally got a chance to try. This beer starts with an extreme pine aroma coming from the golden liquid in the glass. There is not much malt to detect in the aroma. Flavor is hops, hops, hops. First some tropical fruit, then some grapefruit, and finally some pine. The hops are not balanced by a ton of malt, but I have no problem with that. The body is not too full, and if this wasnt a well hidden 11 % ale, it would be easy to drink quite a few of these. This beer definitley lived up to its hype.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Stoutlover72 for hooking the C-bus crew up! One of the best citrus aroma’s I’ve ever smelled in a beer.Pours a medium gold with a light off white head.Big citrus hops and a great malt balance.Full mouthfeel with a big, very well balanced finish.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I owe Stoutlover72 big time for this beer, thanks Garrett! Great citrus hop aroma really keeps you sniffing the beer for quite some time--just a hint of alcohol is detectable. Gorgeous golden color sparkles in the light. The palate is incredibly full for an IIPA, and is carbonated to perfection. Great balance in flavor! Lovely citrus and piney hop flavors come at you quickly and are held in place by a good dose of caramel malt. This has such a full flavor! Easy to drink despite everything that’s happening--one of the best IIPA’s I’ve had to date.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Shared at C-Bus. Thanks to MoeJuck and Spector!!! The nose of this beer was outstanding. Lots and lots of citrus and grapefruits, pine, and just really dank hops. The taste is very clean and smooth with a little malt coming through mixed in nice with the intense hops. The alcohol is not really too present with this beer at all for being 11%. One of my favorite iipas for sure!!!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand Bottle shared by moejuck at C-Bus 6: Clear orange/gold in color with a white head. Aroma, pine, grapefruits, some citrus, a bit of alcohol and some orange. Flavor, some slight caramel up front, loads of citrus and piny. A touch of heat. Incredibly bitter, dripping with juicy hop notes. Some resinous qualities as well. Fantastic beer, I can only imagine what this is like fresh on tap. It would probably dethrone fresh Dreadnaught for me.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance & big aroma that is very similar to Pliny the Elder - medium golden color - sweet, perfumy aroma with citrus & pine/spruce hops. Flavor is pretty heavy and sweet - big malt backbone and bold hop bitterness. Finish is a little prickly and warming with the alcohol. Quite good, but not quite on the level of the Elder.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 I like this one alot, because I love hoppy bears. I tried the younger as well as the elder at O’briens in San Diego. I preferred the younger. The aroma was full of citrus an dhops. Watch out for this one, the alcohol will sneak up on you.