ClarkVV (5867) - Boston, 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
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big citrus hop nose, amber body, and thick white lasting head. Plenty of hop flavor, but equally sweet and malty, much more than I expected. Finishes bitter and a tad spicy. Smooth rich mouthfeel.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber in color,small white head that had a nice long hangtime then slowly faded to a small lace.malty aroma with a decent amount of hops,grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine coming through as well.The flavor was pretty decent malty upfront then a blast of hops and grapefruit with a bitter side that comes on towards the middle and lasts and mellows until the end.Very nice brew that is easy to drink and keeps the alcohol well hidden.
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I already like this beer. The Killer Kielbasa". We need to have this beer at Miller Park! Lightly hazed copper color with a abundant lasting beige head. Light pine, mild citrus, rye bread and a touch of celery in the aroma. Pine trees and barley battle for space. Alcohol present to sooth any wounds and later to sting and burn as the grapefruit roll through. Lots of conflicts in this one. This maybe one of those brews that really should set in the glass for a half hour to let all the battle play out. Thanks to Falconseye for this intriguing brew.
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Dark orange, almost ruby red in color. Mild nose of mellow sugars, bread, not much hop sweetness though. Strong and heavy flavor of very acidic hops, some cream in the finish.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured amber orange color and had an amazing smell to it. It was like citric all over. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits. Tasted more like grapefruit. Was nice and bitter, but done well. I donít like this type much , but it was pretty good even to me.
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deeper hazy orange color with a large of white head. Large particles. Aromas and tastes of pines, grapefruits, and some flowers. Starts off sweet tasting with a nice, big bitter bite (nicely balanced). Very good beer - I liked this one!
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Half-Time. Good medium amber appearance with a large beige head. Nice hoppy, floral aroma, slight alcohol tint. Extremely hoppy flavor at first sip. I realized half-way through the this had to be an Imperial IPA. Doesnít finish so strong, good citrus, fruity flavor. I was blown away at first, but ended being pleased.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Pours a beautiful clear amber with a VOLCANIC off-white head. Aroma is straight hops and mango fruitiness - very pungent and welcome to these nostrils. Taste is extremely hoppy, floral and grapefruit/citrusy with a heavy dose of pine and some spice. Has a ton of malt to back up the hops. Taste is very sweet with a tart bitter aftertaste that lingers for awhile. Leaves a slight alcohol burn on the back end. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Great head retention. Excellent imperial IPA.
Second try. This time the is clear golden with a thick, off-white head.
VAYankee (346) - Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery brown body with a thick beige head. Aroma is mostly hoppy(pine) and a little earthy. Starts hoppy, a little malty and slightly grapefruity. Finishes dry and modestly bitter, with a bit of alcoholic bite on the tip of the tongue.