ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
If it’s the only high-profile IPA on tap you are in good shape. Smell is of really unripe orange juice and pith. Tastes of tart malt, fresh hop, slightly grainy. Refreshing overall but the flavors lack unity.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review dated 10/13/08: "Hand drawn pint at D.B.A. Manhattan. Beautiful amber color. Lovely sweet, floral aroma. Subtle and well-executed. Malt heavy, great bittering hops. Honey, bananas (flambe?), brown sugar notes. Mellow, but SOLID. A great session beer, supremely drinkable."
TomDecapolis (4385) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Grey Lodge. Pours a translucent amber with a creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of nice floral and citrusy hops, caramel and nuts. Flavor of the same. REally nice hop flavor and aroma. On the dry side too, which I liked since it really helped bring out the hop flavor! The title on this beer can probably lose the "firkin" since SN kegged up a bunch of this.
drfabulous (3560) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like the Torpedo, I’m not getting huge changes from the regular IPA. Musty. A bit more English style. Caramel. Bitter. But not an imperial - as I understand that "style."
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap at the Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/7/2009. This Imperial IPA pours an orange gold color from the firkin. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with a touch of floral hops. A medium bodied double IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy. Soft carbonation. Nice balance. Nice floral and orange flavors. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
BoozieSusie (15) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of caramel and sweetness. Served warm and slightly undercarbonated. Really bitter but reasonably balanced with the hops. Nice and mildly dark flavor.
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel-y. A mild and somewhat average taste, but perfectly done. Very mild with emphasis on the malt. Not a full on DIPA but since it was made especially for the DIPA fest (apparently) I labeled it as such. Served out of a cask, which highlighted the subtle flavors and let the malt shine. Perfect for what it was trying for.