Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is a bit hoppy and very citrusy with hints of orange. Slightly bitter finish. A nice easy drinking IPA.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown,PA. Very Nice! Strong hops presence with hints of grapefruit and pine. Minimal head with no lacing, but the taste and aroma is top notch. I'll take another.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber hue with orange highlights. Large rocky off-white head and very good lace. Big hoppy aroma (floral as well as grapefruity and piney). Also detected some bubble gum, pepper, meaty yeast, and buttered toast tones on the nose. Big and balanced taste with both large qualities of malt and hops well balanced. Piney and bitter finish, metallic. Medium-bodied with a creamy and lively mouthfeel, slight presence of alcohol. An imperial IPA? Aggressively hopped and very similar to Stone Ruination IPA. Highly recommended.
Lubiere (11588) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love IPAs. This was was a fine example of an American IPA. Hops and citrus (orange) strkes your nose. Hazy mahogany colour with big lumps of yeast. However, the beer is a bit too thin to balance the humongous hop flavour. Tasted with a fine cheddar (clos du Clocher) which was a good match, but divorce was imminent, as the cheese brought about too much of the bitterness, almost to a metallic level.
slushy (28) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange color with an off white head, nice lacing down the glass. Sweet bready malts, and grapefruity hops in the nose. Bread, grapefruit, with a dash of alcohol on the tongue. Subtle bitterness. Nice IPA here. Kind of like an English IPA / West Coast American IPA hybrid. Tasty.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big citric hops aroma with notes of vanilla. Color is an orangeish brown with a medium light brown head. Lots of lacing. Big time bitterness in this one. Some citrusy fruit in the background, could use some more malts for balance, but this still a tasty IPA. I thought this would be in the Imperial IPA category?
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Another brew I've been longing to try, thanks to Slob for the bomber! Slightly hazy golden orangish colored with a lumpy off white head. Big beautiful piney citrusy hop aroma with a hint of nectarine begs me to consume. Full bodied smooth and tingly with its carbonation. Biting bitterness at the end and this is my kind of IPA. Glass is half empty now and peppered with remnants of what was a thick head. Flavor is fantastic, chewy hops with a malt underlining. This is similar to the 2Hearted from Bells but bigger. One agressive IPA and its name suits it well.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 I’m getting Bombered tonight baby!
I have to thank jgb9348 for this 22oz, Jeremy, you are the Man, Cheers!
The body is solid and bronze like a Greek God, the head, tan; its as full and rich as whipped cream.
Big A has a breathtaking aroma, tangerines, guava, grapefruit, caramelized brown sugar, malt, but its hops all the way home. Surprisingly the flavor has all of the same characteristics as the aroma but far mellowed in comparison. I believe that the malt is more pronounced, maybe a bit nutty in some spots, but again the mass of hops bringing this Big A home. Finish is surprisingly dry and tangy; Certainly an IPA that I will endorse!
Thanks again J-Man!
WoW, the last pour has Gigantic Globule chucks....all kinds of insane Shmegma; in which I showed no mercy toward and simply drank the shit out of!! They seem to be in suspension, merrily floating throughout the unreasonably bronzed body!
hopscotch (10265) - 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