mkobes (2138) - 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 (2357) - 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!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer once unstowed from the bottle pours to a “Sumerian Tranced” orange color, heavily laden with dross, both in suspension and slowly settling to the bottom, head is gargantuan in size, creamy in consistency and the color a toothsome light tan and after transmogrification a thick and sticky sheet of lace forms to obscure the glass from view. Monstrous hop floral nose, citrus crisp, under pinned by the sweet malt, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is thickly malt, lightly sweet and the top middling in feel. “ZAP, ZING, ZOW” hops slap your taste buds to life, massively hopped, delectably bitter to the senses, bleached desert bone dry. Hop spiciness remains till the very end then some, “Awesome” is a word that comes to mind.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head. Nice golden cloudy body. Hops/grass/lemon nose. Very hoppy and very sweet. Better on tap than from a bottle.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Jah "Santa" Noth for this one--
Cloudy copper, with a small white head. Fruity apricot nose with sweet caramel touches. Flavor dominated by citric hoppiness. There's a bit of sweet malts underneath, but not quite enough to effect a total balance.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice cratered head of fine bubbles with decent carbonation. Excellent lacing. Color is a murky orange/amber. Big hops aroma with maybe a hint of orange. Flavor is very smooth and not overwealming with the hops. Very well balanced. Slight alcohol presence. Finish is bitter (grapefruit) with a nice creamy artertaste. A very good quality IPA that is not as harsh as some others.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Husky citrus hops fuel the tastebuds...Pine notes prick the tongue...Very similar to and one-dimensional like Magic Hat's HiPA...Well-made, bitter quaffing...
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Draft. Light orange, fair head, undefined hoppy aroma. Flavor is almost solely of bitter grapefruit. Decent, but needed more malt to balance it out better. RERATE: 6/11/05: Draft at River City Beer festival, thought originally this would be the regular IPA, but was assured this was the Big A. Nice floral aroma, medium orange, good head, floral hop aroma. Flavor matched, floral hops, but with a bit of biscuity malt in the background. Well done.