Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark yellow, small white head. Nice hop aroma but actually pretty subdued. which doesnít set you up for the coldcock (thanks Billy Dee) of the hop taste that hits you on the first sip and kicks your pathetic little canít handle hop ass all the way to the bottom of the glass. What Iím trying to say is that this is way too one-dimensional. There just isnít the malt background needed (or expected at this alcohol percentage) just balance out these hops. I much preferred the craft of the Smuttynose IPA. Still, interesting and worth a try.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
No head. Aroma of rose hips and some butterscotch in the background. Intense with taste hops. Itís almost like a hop yoghurt or a full bodied hop pudding... Had to order a pint of water on the side. This is massive and filling. Too demanding for me.
ABUSEDGOAT (2554) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Ligher amber with a moderate head, decent lacing. Aroma is the usual... grapefruit, citrus, pine, etc etc. Mouthfeel is fighting a battle with a delicate smoothness and a rough alcoholic finish. In the end itís up in the air. Still a solid IIPA, but nothing really interesting here other than my BAC.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a big thanks to richlikebeer for sending me this brew.the big a poured into my snifter glass a cloudy orange with no head to be seen.the aroma gives me all the traits i like in an i2pa.pine,citurs,and flowers all made up for a nice smell.the flavor was again everything i like in an i2pa.pine,citurs,flowers,and a tiny alcohol kick.you cant really get much better than this for me as far ipaís go.thanks again rich.
omhper (22991) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Pale amber, rich head. Lovely intense roma of grapefruit and lychee. Sweet with soft mouthfeel but clean flavour profile and an excess of sugar and syrup. Plenty of hops, but along with the pepperyalcohol it turns almost inky, and the finish is extremely bitter. Promising aroma, but severely out of balance - I want more malt, less sweetness and certainly less ink.
lamas (1546) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from 2005. A hazy orange pour with tons of little floaties and a thick, bubbly off-white head. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma of course, but also more alcohol showing through than in other I2PAs Iíve tried. This makes the aroma a little sweeter than Iím used to for this style. It leans more toward the oranges than the grapefruits. A good bit of warming alcohol present in the taste shows my nose wasnít wrong. The hops still dominate the flavor though. Smooth, yet lacking the tanginess I prefer with this style. Citrus fruits and rinds with bitterness throughout and a lingering dry, piney finish. Sticky.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange colour, small bubbly head. Hoppy aroma of oranges, nectarines, pines and alcohol. Flavour starts sweet of nectarines but finishes really hoppy of orange-peels and grapefruit.
blankboy (7134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Rerate: Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Bottled in 2005. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold, lots of bubbles, with an average size lasting foamy white head. Decent lacing. Big aroma of citrus, pine and floral hops with some caramel malt to balance things out -- very nice. Flavour follows the aroma and unlike last time I do not find it too hoppy but the bitter alcoholic aftertaste is slightly unbalanced, still a damn tasty beer though. Medium bodied. A great IPA!
Original rating: 22.214.171.124.15: 3.8
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of hops, hops and hops and I loved it! Also some citrus, malt and tea way in the back. The flavour, well, unless youíre a hop-head I wouldnít bother with this one. I am a hop-head, and I really liked it but even I found it a tad too hoppy. Still, it was very enjoyable.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow with a small fluffy white head (3+). Good lacing. Big pine and resin aroma. Interestingly hoppy, wiht lots of leafy resiny hops and trace hints of tea. A touch more malt and balance would ease it closer to perfection. Medium palate. Nice, thanks tupalev.
GregClow (3115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc. Courtesy of tupalev. Clear golden-orange with a wispy head. Big aroma of piney hops and tea. More tea in the flavour, along with resiny hops and fruit (peach, apricot, pineapple). Finish is bitter, with a lingering lemon character. Nice example of the style.