5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a fairly hazy amber with grapefruit highlights, small frothy off-white head, good carbonation, with so-so lacing. † Hops, caramel, and sweetened grapefruit on the nose. † Hop bitterness, slight pine, definite citrus flair, with strong notes of grapefruit on the tongue. † Good body and mouthfeel. † Finishes with floral notes and that mouth puckering hop bitterness. † This is fairly tasty! † Thanks goes out to slob for the trade!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, golden color, nearing on peach, slightly hazy, with an attractive , frothy head, milk white, lace leaving.
Vibrant aroma, showing pine, and citrus notes, a little bitter, but, terribly inviting.
Mmmmm! Big, bristling hop dance...a tongue delighter for sure...yaaahh! This just floods the whole mouth with full-on hoppitude, no holds barred! Nice, candyish, sweet flavor meets bitterness, plus an adequate malt backbone, bready and, well, damn, the hops dominate and never quite quit! This is a hopheadís dream, just spills all over the palate and makes the mouth a buzzing playground of hoppitude. Damn, this is pretty right on! Just the stuff I like!
crazyvin (1836) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! This beer was near perfect, pouring a hazy orange color. A frothy head which was ever so slightly off white almost a very pale yelllow. Aroma was really sweet with hop notes and some pine notes. Taste was really smooth although mostly hoppy, the inital taste had some sweet notes to it, not to sweet but just enough to take from the extreme hoppy edge
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09.07.04 22oz bomber. Hazed, orange-amber pour with glowing highlights. Massive yellowish white head. Ridiculous lacing. Aromas are big, thick, sweet, and inviting - cotton candy, grapefruit pith, pine forest. Very complex nose for an IIPA. Active eff that dances around the brew with each sip, each hoist of the glass. Palate is thick, coating, and sugary/malty - but the balancing hoppiness is sharp and dry; the relatively tame alchohol does more than you could ask presenting itself on the palate and incorporating in the flavors. Hops dominate the tongue. This beer reminds me more and more of grapefruit juice each time I try it. The malts seem to be in place almost solely in effort to counter and balance the hoppiness. Truly, this is an outstanding beer. So good that I have bought two cases of the stuff, the type of purchase Iíve made only once before.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber with a thick, foamy, off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, florals, sweet malt, and alcohol. Flavor of hops, caramel, and alcohol. Would have guessed this one had more alcohol than 7%.
1more4dessert (324) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate- wow. I felt compelled based on the over the top comparison to DFH 90 just below, to rerate. Nice floral impact on opening which is always a plus for me in IPAs. Orange with floaties and with a head that never gives up the ghost. Now it is not quite DFH90 with 2% ledd EtOH and a tad less malt body but damn it comes close. Extremely fresh. I have been consistently impressed by this brewers big beers, no hints of off flavores, staleness or Pasteurization. They should be mentioned right along with Victory (more styles done consistently well) and DFH (very adventurous and sometimes spectacular) as the best the mideast/northeast has to offer. it has a higher sp. gravity than I like in my ipas. It is a big IPA akin to 3F Dreadnaught. The hops are there but it is sweet. This one is better on the cold side.
rajendra82 (930) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange amber body was slightly cloudy, and was topped with a two inch tall foamy head that was well retained and left a ton of lace. The carbonation was medium, and the slow upward ascent of the bubbles gave a good idea as to the thickness of the body. The aroma was zesty and piney hops that were backed by some fruity malt with apricot, and apple fragrance. The taste was quite soft up front, and the malt was much more evident here in a caramel texture. There was a fair bit of diacetyl, but it was appropriate for the style, and served more as an enhancement, than a flaw. The hops hit mid palette en force with a citric tanginess, until the malt made a brief sweet reappearance. The hops took over once again in the lingering peppery aftertaste. The alcohol was only an afterthought in the flavor department. Thanks ppoitras of beeradvocate for this grand bomber from the granite state.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this out of a 22 oz bottle. The smell is extremely aromatic. Hops are extremely evident in the smell. The beer is thick like a barley wine and has a good texture. The taste is of a nice malt followed by nice powerful hops. Second best IIPA I have had. The best being 3 floyds dreadnaught.
wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fat Heads. Delicious. I thought it was only an IPA, not a 2X IPA. Had a slight smoky taste that I have not noticed with other 2IPAs. Excellent, spicy hop bouquet.
ClarkVV (3753) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 2004 bomber. Pours a golden-orange with light yellow-red tinges on the edges. Big light yellow-tinged white head. Aroma has notes of sweet oranges, sweet grapefruits, lots of sweet caramel and soft moderately earthy hops. Flavor is big, with plenty of hops but tons of caramel malt. The hops are bitter, but highly flavorful and the balance does justice to the style, making it very drinkable. The hop flavor itself seems similar to that of DFH 90 minute, though without the extreme pininess and acidic notes. Finishes mellow yet hoppy, with the body fully integrated between caramel and red grapefruit. Mouthfeel is definitely rich, lasting flavors, with a full body and soft but ample carbonation. I really loved it, but I just couldnt get the notion out of my head that this was a rip-off of DFH 90. I guess imitation is the best form of flattery, and DFH 90 deserves plenty flattery, IMHO. Anyways, Iím more than likely wrong, but thatís how it tasted to me. Iím going for another bomber of this to further refine my thoughts. It looks like itís going to be a DFH 90 vs. Big A taste-off. 8/4/8/5/17
2006 version Fruity and juicy and citric in the nose, itís got a lot going on, hop-wise. Malts are sweet, rather sugary and quite apparent as well. Still a bright, varied, rounded hop nose, quite strong, without much of the killer pine-resin/acidity that can ruin this style, IMHO. Flavor seems a bit sharp, however, with an alcoholic edge on it and some biting acidity coming on the finish. Still quite fruity and freshly/well-hopped, but candyish malts are perhaps, a bit less dry than I would hope for. Strong carbonation, but behind this, an almost borderline syrupiness lies in the shadows. Though it certainly is a supportive texture for all of this hoppiness. 8/4/7/3/13