hopscotch (10003) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 Bottle...This beer rocks!... It pours the color of sunshine. Lightly hazy with a large, frothy, ivory head (lasting).
The nose is of black pepper, dried flowers, butterscotch and apricot.
The flavor is Hearty! Rich! Bitter! Grapefruit rind in a bottle. Full-bodied and fatty with fizzy carbonation. Crisp, bitter, dry finish. A very big beer! How many times have I walked passed this beer in D.C.? Shame on me!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an amber orange body topped by a thick off white head with some lacing left on the glass. Sweet yet slightly sour grapefruity hop aroma with slight piney notes and a subtle maltiness. Sweet yet bitter hop flavor wtih a mix of grapefruit and pine
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange/amber color with a small white head. The heavy pine,resin, citrus hop aroma hits you like a punch from Stash Wojciechowski. Initially a heavy resin taste with a light body. The perfume hops aroma and taste seem to die out as this warms so that the body remains the same but the taste turns thick and cloying, very resiny. A distinctive IPA that overstayed its welcome.
OldGrowth (2868) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Citrus/mainly grapefruit though I get a little earthy/yeasty also. Light amber color, little head, big sediment, clear otherwise. Pucker up flavor. Roasty & bitter. Kinda creamy linguring bitter finish. Thought I had rated last years, but I see I didn't. Quite a change. It's good, but been done before.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orange body with slight sediment haze, medium dense white head, PNW hops in nose. Some sweetness in the malt; hoppy but well-balanced with a bitter finish.
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant barley malt, hoppy aroma. Unfiltered amber appearance. Small head with some lacing. Great bite in the taste from the pronounced hop presence. Dry, citrusy finish. Very enjoyable.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden orange color, yeast chunks present. Very hoppy, a citrus piney hop. Lingering bitter finish.
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a quickly fading bright white head. aroma is citrusy (grapefruit and orange) and piney. sweet and sticky followed by a strong hop bitterness, not as balanced as it should be. could be more malt assertive. i liked this one though.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another goody for us hop-heads. Is this unfiltered, bottled conditioned, or both? It poured out viscous thick - all sorts of stuff suspended in it's glowing gold body. Hops are chewy pine and grapefruit up front and linger forever with a softly warm bitterness - Not as sharp as Ruination, but about as strong. The one thing they could do would be to add more malt to backup these intense flavors, but I loved it anyway.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 New 2004: A tremendous improvement over last year's recipe. I believe that this is simply a doubled-up version on the IPA--really the same flavor profile, but obviously more intense. Rich thick body and head and a good amoount of hops. The bitter finish cuts the thickness nicely.
Old 2003: Pretty much what you'd expect in a double IPA, but there should be a greater investment in hop flavor than in simple bitterness. Pales in comparison to Rogue and Dreadnaught.