thoramel (42) - Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at the hops of fun festival in Mackinaw City, MI. Small haed and a smell like fruit, cut hay and pine all in one. The flavor was extemely bittrer with strong citrus and grassy undertones. Finished great and made me immediately want another. Iím a big fan of IPAís and would recommend driving to the brewery for a taste of this one.
awaisanen (1312) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a mostly hazy, caramelly gold color with a thin layer of wispy white head. Huge hop nose, brimming over with pine, white grapefruit, and resiny spruce; I think Iím getting quite a bit of Simcoe in the nose. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors start out with a moderately chewy, fleeting caramel malt sweetness before the crushing citrusy hops kick in. Intense hop flavors that remind me a bit of Pliny, but the body has quite a bit more caramelly malts going on. A bit higher hop resin level too, and although itís a pleasing high alpha pine/citrus punch, I find it gets a bit garlicy in the finish. Still, overall itís a highly pleasing hop bomb.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Tap) Pours an amber/orange color with a slight haze and small head. Moderately hoppy aroma. Tastes much stronger than it smells (pine/grapefruit). Oily mouthfeel. Although itís pretty bitter, it seems rather unbalanced. Nevertheless, itís a pretty decent IPA.
auerbrau (2946) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ashleyís, Ann Arbor. 16 Oz Pour. Aroma loaded with sticky resinous Cascade, Amarillo and other West Coast monsters. A rich, powerful and very fresh quaff. Pours a bit too clouded in bold straw, fresh with a silky rim of white. Flavor is in line with aroma, a rich amalgamation of hop resins, citrus peel, pine and grass. All the lovely aspects of hops and none of the bad ones. A nice thick malt body holds up the hop presentation. No caramels, just a fresh, clean body of paler malt sugars, with bits of lemon and apple juice. Palate is nice, with full body in the middle, but little residual stickiness, instead just a nice heavily dry hop and alcohol smack. A top IPA, Iím really surprised to see this so lowly rated.
1FastSTi (3150) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GTMW 2007. The beer pours to a hazy orange body with a small off-white head. The aroma is straw, grapefruit, lemons, and pineapple. The flavor is straw and lemons with some grapefruits. The palate is medium bodied with a flat oily texture and a medium bitterness hits up front and lingers for quite awhile.
SoylentBlack (110) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Is it possible to overdo it? Yes. But itís still a good thing. Not an ale I want to drink everyday, but fun. This thing is brutal.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Dan Journal #75. Tasted 4/5/2007. 12oz bottle. Hazy and golden honey hued. Spotty layered white head. Bright citrus spicy floral aromas. Good hop nose. Medium bodied. Initially smooth, then an almost immediate spicy woody grassy bitter hop kick. Finish is a touch sticky with a nice grapefruit hop flavor. This was really nice.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4.5 draft at the brewery. Cloudy-dark orange with white head. Aroma is very orange-hop and a little sweetness. Piney bitterness, caramel, unbalanced. Med body with some carb. Overall a little too much piney bitterness even though I normally like hop bombs, needs more malt notes.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 14th brew of the festival.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was disgusted by this beer, and I love IPAs. I thought it was nothing but water and hops, completely unbalanced. The bitterness was there, yes, but there was nothing else. No citrus/grapefruit boquet, or light malts to balance the bitterness. IT was very dry and watery. Gross.