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 wasn’t 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 didn’t 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!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at O’Briens - yahoo!. Clear amber color with a small off-white head that diminished to a ring of bubbles. Sweet malty aroma with grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor is rich and mellow in the malts with lots of asseritve and grapefruit hops. Yum! Thick full body with a round mouthfeel and easy carbonation.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
05 Boulder Strong Ale Festival: Slightly cloudy & golden; very frothy, lasting head. Creamy-smooth, weighty and velvety, with a tingly carbonation. Malt notes of light chocolate, toffee, light toast. Fruity: orange, lemon. Sweet: hint of honey. Other elements of spices, flowers, herbs and a tea-like lemon grass note. Some pine and a nip of cleaner. Dryish, bitter finish. Nice balance. Good stuff.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Draught, Falling Rock. Head is white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Have had this two or three times and just don’t get the appeal of it...it’s got very little of interest in the aroma, and although is pretty well-balanced for the style, it’s nothing special for me overall.
Kevin (2102) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours golden with a whitish head. aroma is grass clippings and citrus. syrupy mouthfeel and very bitter. so much hop to this it hurts a little. caramel peaks through the mass of hop flavor. there is a candy corn like finish with more hops to boot.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 On Tap. Pours yellow/orange with a whispy white head. Aroma is all hops. Pine, oranges, maybe some grapefruit and grassy. Flavor is shockingly sweet. Followed up by the hop assault I had originally expected.
Cask- Absolute brilliant beer! Big hoppy aromas still but the up-front sweetness is somewhat subdued now. Just a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Over-the-top in just about every category. I couldn’t drink this beer daily but as an occasional treat it’s great.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! A big hop aroma: pine, grapefruit, and a slight hemp note. The flavor was full of oranges and flowers, w/ a hint of sweetness on the back of the tongue. The beer poured a golden orange w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro 2XIPA Fest. Medium orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is big piney hops, grapefruity juicy hops and citrusy. A full-bodied “Tripel IPA”. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are everywhere is this beer, citrus, grapefruit, floral, earthy and pine all blend into a very pleasant hop onslaught. It bitter, without being too biter. LOTS of fruit flavors as well. No alcohol bite at 11%. This beer will assault you with flavors, yet it still nicely balanced and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet there is some residual sweetness as well.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
IT has a typical color with some autumn colors, like a leaf. Basically the flava and aroma are straight hops n pine forest. It is too much, i think i could dust my house with this stuff.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light amber. Aroma of citrus, piney hops, along with some fruit. Flavor is a piney citrus hops with smooth malt backing.