kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a ruby/amber with lots of carbonation and a smallish head (no lacing). Aroma is floral (not overpowering) and solvent like. Not what you would expect for a beer claiming 95 IBUs on the label. Flavor is sweet caramel malt at first as well as a small amount of some fruity hops but does finish with a more piney bitterness. This is definitely a "malt mouths" IIPA in that it really lacks the hop punch common in the style. Slick texture, medium mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, just not great either.
OldMrCrow (2380) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber purchased in Gunnison.
This one is right up there with the worst IIPAs Iíve had. Best thing about it is the powerful crushed-pine-needle aroma, but itís all downhill from there. Thereís some off stuff in the aroma too, particularly the hot unpleasant fusel alcohols. Medium gold pour with no head. Flavor is grainy and sweet, closer to malt liquor than IIPA in my book. The hops are there if you look, but they certainly donít come looking for you like Iíd expect given the style or the IBUs. The sweetness is not a beautiful burnt caramels that come as the style approaches barleywine territory, but rather just a hot grainy malt liquor sweetness.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Pours a dark golden color with a moderate off-white head that left nice lacing. Sweet, slightly fruity, slightly spicy hops with a bit of pine on the nose. Sweet and malty up front with hints or caramel, the finish is semi-fruity hops, but the malt is still dominant and it lacks the hop hit that Imperial IPAís should have. Not really a horrible beer, but disappointing for an IIPA.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smells soapy, piney. Dark ruby amber in apearance with a nice lacing off-white head. Sweet upfront, not spectacularly bitter, malts seem to dominate. Medium bodied.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz - Aroma of astringent hops, cardboard and sweet caramel. Something there that just isnít sitting right with my nose, maybe rotten grapefruit. Pours transparent brown with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma at first but as it warms, the astringency of the hops mellows out to be more non-rotten citrus hops. Palate is bitter and sticky. Not a drain pour, but nothing I would drink again.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt orange color with almost no head. Deep citrusy hops in the nose. Hints of toasted caramel, pineapple, lemongrass, and pine. Medium to light in body, somewhat thin in the mouth. Finishes somewhat sweet and sour. At times you taste the bitterness, at times you taste the sweetness. A pretty good DIPA.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitter hop finish with plenty of orange and grapefurit hoppy character. Nice citrus hop nose. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy amber ale with a very thin white head. A pleasant mineral floral hops a roma with light biscuitty malts. In mouth, a good malt base with resinous hops, light vanilla points, grapefruit and light alcohol in final. A good IPA but rather thin for a I2PA. Bottle bought at Bevmo, Sacramento, August 2005.
Skyview (5538) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up single 22-oz bomber from Johnís Market Place in Portland, Oregon. Pours a semi-cloudy golden pale brew with a decent off-white head that has some good lacing and retention. Aroma of sweet citrus, some light caramel roasted malt, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Taste is sweetened mildly bitter, morevsweet piney hop flavor than malt. Finish has a lingering mild bitter aftertaste along with a warm alcohol presence.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a murky, deep gold color. Medium sized, off-white head with a decent amount of lacing. Faint aroma of citrus hops with some caramel. Body is mainly sweet malts with minimal hop bitterness. This beer confuses me. For a IIPA, it is so very thin.