1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle I picked up at Samís. The beer pours to an orange copper penny body with an iced tea like head. The aroma is caramel and oranges, lots of floral hops, but theyíre subdued by the malt. The flavor is orange and floral iced tea. The palate is moderately bodied but pretty basic. This is weaker in flavor than the IIPA homebrew we made.
MIBRomeo (2449) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
ok stupid rate beer lost my fricking rating..
Pour is orange w/ a nice off white head nd some lace. Scent is fairly big hints of pine lots of spice touches of dry air. Palate is pretty even fairly avg dry. Flavor is very dry 1 dimensional just pine and blah an off finish I didnít like. The worst IIPA iíve had.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky copper/orange with a white head that is slow to form due to some noticable thickness in body. Big pine in the aroma with a touch of sour milk, floral baby powder and fruity candy notes like a handful of Starburst fruit chews. Caramel sweetness hits me over the head as I sip, overpowering the fruity and piney hops that should be the focus. (I thought letting this mellow for a few months would take off any edges but perhaps I didnít let it sit long enough.) Syrupy body; light burn, tongue & gullet. The finish lingers on as bitter tea with lemon with a sensation that my mouth is coated with sugar. I enjoyed this more than most of the other Ska brews but as far as DIPAs it was middle of the road.
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OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle via trade with Dough77 - Thanks Tim - Pours amber slightly cloudy with a short offwhite head that faded fairly quick. Aroma is strong floral hops over some caramel malts. Also some grapefruit there but it is mild for an IIPA. Flavor is floral, like eating a dandelion to me. There is some caramel malt presence behind it but the floral notes are tough to fight through. A small amount of citrus makes this bearable but this is not a real great IIPA.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Bomber poured a hazy copper with a small, diminishing light amber head. Aromas of citrusy, piney hops and some carmely malt. Palate was medium body and a bit dry. Flavors of grapefruit rind,, a hint of lemon, and some carmel notes with a dry lightly bitter finish.
TURDFERGUSON (3753) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
was excited when i saw this wax topped bottle in Asheville, NC. however, i was a little dissappointed after consuming (most of) it. Pours a translucent orange amber with a thick head that fades over time. nose is lots of caramel sweetness, almost like a hard candy with a hint of hops. this puzzles me. where are the hops? i see the skeleton on the bottle holding them in his mouth. flavor is more of the same--off tasting malty sweetness overpowers this one and leaves a not so pleasent taste on the palate. this beer lacks the balance of the best 2ipaís. Not sure that iíd reccommend this.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. Cloudy dark orange body with a small fluffy white head. Aroma of hops, citrus orange and grapefruit, and a candy sweetness. I was surprised when the flavor lacked that same sweetness. I tasted the hops but not much else. Alcohol is well diguised. Body is a bit thin.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the wax covered bomber bottle. Pours an orange amber with a dense fluffy off-white head. Mild carbonation. Aroma is hop floral and citrusy with a whiff of jellybean candy. Flavor is surprisingly smooth for a 10% beer. Large sweetness; candy sweetness. Big hop tongue and a strong grapefruit mouth feel. Seems a lot lighter in body than is could be, but still a smooth drinking palate that has a little chew to it. If this is 10% abv, then she sure hides it well. The name makes me think that the 10% label is marketing.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Far more caramel-heavy than an IPA should be, I think. Needs a heavier hand on the hop side of the equation. Somewhat thin bodied and flat as well. Many other better choices out there.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured slightly hazy orange/gold with minimal head. Nice hop aroma. Medium hops and bits of citrus. Sticky on the lips. A bit one dimensional but 10% ABV somewhat masked. Decent beer but it starts and finished the same. With some tweaking has great promise. Worth a try.