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 (10077) - 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 (2906) - 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 (1561) - 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.