Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First I was given a beer that was not Pliny the Younger, and I have no idea what it was because it was unlike any beer I had today. But the taste was lovely, thick, and full of hops. All I can say is mmmmmm... I love hops. One of the better beers Iíve ever had.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold with a small head. Really hoppy and floral nose. Tons of alcohol, tons of hops and tons of flavor. Not much different from Hop Juice, this stuff has a bit more backbone. Really drinkable.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at McMenamins in Mount Airy. Another knockout I2PA: deep orange-yellow ale, little head, but awesome laceing. Dripping wet with hop juice. Spectacular.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Rating #1 Tap @ Bistro Double IPA Festival (8 3 8 4 17). Hazy golden color with a laced white head. Smooth, rich and full bodied. A huge punch of pine and hops that left a sweet bitter aftertaste. A great beer. My first beer of the festival and the best one of the day. Rating #2 Tap @ Toronado 1/21/07 (9 3 8 4 19). I have had this on my occasions since this second rating and it has always been a delight. The bartender at the Toronado said that the brewer was boasting that this batch was the best they had ever brewed of this beer, and I must say it was fantastic. A golden amber color with a whtie head. A strong peach, mellon, citrus, orange and spiced aroma and flavor. None of the bitter harshess that one would expect of an 11% abv double IPA. Great fresh hop finish with semi-sweet citrus flavors.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 from a growler:
the brew slipped over the lip of the pint, and I had to suck up some...pre-inspection, Iím wowed by this beer! Holy dribble cup, Batman!
Clear golden/ pale peach appearance, with an excellent cup of lacey, snow -white froth on top. Very attractive IPA, so far.
Nose is all pine, hints of pineapple and other tropical fruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, banana, lemon...braces of bitterness, but all of it pleasing to the hophead. Just heavenly!
Taste: all those good things and more, the tropical and citric fruit blaze over the palate, bright and luscious, hoppy, bitter, but overwhelmingly pleasant and tasty...the extra liquor doesnít click in right away, but makes itself felt eventually...11%?? Hooo, daddy!
Thereís enough malt here that itís not a raw hop blitzkrieg overpowering anything else in the brew, but hops are king here, as if there were ever an
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at OíBriens in San Diego. Quite a piney-bitter hop aroma in the nose. Smells like a christmas tree lot. Transparent light golden color with small whitish head. Could certainly be darker and more amber/copper-like. Wow, sweet orangey-peppery spicy start turning more sweet in the middle with some alcohol burn. Finishes bitter with grapefruit. An aggressive beer that teeters on the edge of being too much, but there is enough maltiness to make this enjoyable.
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprise, surprise, surprise - tart, bitter, some floral-like hops at the front and a nice slope of coriander, cardamom, and maybe apricot or star fruit (just kidding about the star fruit) at the finish. I had a dinky little glass of this one and next time I will tip the bartender into tossing over a full pint.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest 05, Rating #11: Beer pours dark golden with a dissipating egg white head. Aroma is BIG hops with some hairspray and alcohol. Flavor is Big hops, sweet and resiny. This is good Big beer. Yum!!
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on-tap @ Toronado. beer is a bright gold with a nice white head that retains well and leaves lots of sticky lace. aroma is amazing-every charecter you would associate with American hops (at full volume)-pine, citrus, floral, along with a mild maltiness, and a well restrained alcohol note. very harmonious. flavor is amazing, with a balance (dry body, lots of hops) that makes this beer still an IPA, not a barleywine. mouthfeel a little fuzzy (not that Iím sure you can help it with a beer this big...). amazing drinkability for a beer of its size. best double (Vinnie calls it triple) IPA Iíve ever had. It really throws down the gauntlet to other brewers.
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 On Tap @ Russian River
What a pleasant surprise! There wasnít supposed to be any more of this until August. 1st day on tap @ the brewery. Better than I remember. Incredible, intense hop aroma, lots of pine note from the generous doses of Simcoe hops. I almost didnít want to drink it it smelled so good! Amber color, small whitish head. Intense complex hop flavors, (5 different hops) A veritable explosion of flavor. Hides the alcohol well. full bodied malt character. Great finish, wonderful hoppy aftertaste. All Hail Vinny!