DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper orange with a relatively small 1cm white head which dissipates at a decent rate. Nose is very hoppy--I can smell this stuff a mile away. Citrus orange aroma in there too. Smells yummy. Well, if you're a hophead, then this is a good brew. Hoppy throughout with a pungent bitterness to finish. A very nice IPA.
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber/orange color with a frothy white head. Floral aroma, with some citrus and lovely, earthly hops. Good smooth flavor. Hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel. Some caramel as well. A very well done Double IPA!!
SpringsLicker (3454) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is right on. If there isn't balance in an IPA it's just hop juice. Big Al comes into the ring with a big, long lasting head. After checkin' out the beautiful hazy amber color, Al moves on to the citrusy aroma before delivering a perfectly balanced punch of malt and hops. The long finish was the declaring factor in this match. Big Al a Winner.
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured hazy gold with a big white head and particles floating around. Left some lace on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, and grass. Sweet slightly hoppy, malty with a fairly unbalanced alcohol taste. I would not have guessed this to be an IIPA, more like an alcoholic APA. Thanks for sharing BrianO!
argo0 (13231) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium beige head atop a very cloudy amber body. Aroma is floral, orange and some grapefruit, not especially bitter (as I expected given the beer's name). Taste is mild floral up top, before adding orange midbody, and finishing with moderate grapefruit-orange hops bite in the swallow. Medium full body. A very nice beer, but with the name and style, I expected more oomph.
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good stuff for the hops lover. Big floral and citris aromas with very assertive hops up front punched down by full bodied malt, earthy towards the finish. Does not leave overly lingering bitterness. Hazy, yellow-orange, big head - appetizing!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hoppy Ipa. Really good. Pours yellow in color. Cloudy. Well balanced. Smooth tasting beer. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2004 2004: Cask at Andy's. Slightly cloudy yellow with floaties. Massive hops in the aroma. So much so, that the scent seems to morph into whatever you want to make it. Sneekers, old socks, grass, pine forest, grapefruit, and the list goes on. Aggressive palate stomping flavor. Bitterness. Hop flavor. Big malt sweetness. And being warm off of a hand pump, way way too dangerously drinkable and smooth. Would like to challenge this with the DFH 90 min side by side.
2003:Yellow orange with a white head. Cloudy with lots of floaties. Floral aroma with alcohol notes. Smooth malty beer with a big hoppy flavor and gentle bitterness. Slight alcohol burn in the background. Interesting and decent. 3.3 rating for this version
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost too heavy snd syrupy of a body - beautiful color, tons of yeast. Very spicy yeasty, very sweet fruity hop, very sticky sweet malt (toffee X 10) - gets some iron and earth bitterness late in finish when warm - good but not my fave kind of IPA.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (thanks to The_Beer_God for the trade). Poured cloudy orange amber with minimal head and a trace of lacing. The aroma is heavily hoppy - citrus and pine - with a nice carmel sweetness and cloves. Flavor is well balanced, wonderful toasty malts upfront with the hops slamming in with a nice bite and puckering finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and full with light carbonation. Overall a really nice brew - well up there on my list of Imperial IPA's. Yum!