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 (1476) - 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.
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a quickly fading bright white head. aroma is citrusy (grapefruit and orange) and piney. sweet and sticky followed by a strong hop bitterness, not as balanced as it should be. could be more malt assertive. i liked this one though.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another goody for us hop-heads. Is this unfiltered, bottled conditioned, or both? It poured out viscous thick - all sorts of stuff suspended in it's glowing gold body. Hops are chewy pine and grapefruit up front and linger forever with a softly warm bitterness - Not as sharp as Ruination, but about as strong. The one thing they could do would be to add more malt to backup these intense flavors, but I loved it anyway.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 New 2004: A tremendous improvement over last year's recipe. I believe that this is simply a doubled-up version on the IPA--really the same flavor profile, but obviously more intense. Rich thick body and head and a good amoount of hops. The bitter finish cuts the thickness nicely.
Old 2003: Pretty much what you'd expect in a double IPA, but there should be a greater investment in hop flavor than in simple bitterness. Pales in comparison to Rogue and Dreadnaught.
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like bitter grapefruit. If you like astrintent hoppy IPAs, this is your nectar. Finishes even more bitter than the first punch in the palate. Unique in it's over the top hoppiness, though personally I much prefer a 3Floyds Dreadnaught for super hops. As BtownBrewer noted, the 3Floyds is much more balanced - this is quite a bit over hopped for the amount of body.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Holy Citrus Batman! Smells like a grapefruit salad, tastes like a pine forest. Witch hazel isn't this astringent. This stuff had an absolute death grip on my pallate. I couldn't tell you what the finish was like cuz it never ended. I could probably clean engine parts with this, and I won't need mouthwash for another week. The problem here is that nothing was balancing out the hop overload, like in the 3F Dreadnaught (now THAT was good).
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy/hazed dark golden orange color with a nice big head of creamy frothy...well..froth...citrus hop aroma with some creaminess to it..and a little soapiness to it too..big hop bite to the flavor which was pretty resiny too..and chalky at times..with big bitterness...grapefruit rind aftertastes..and some more bitterness.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first thing that surprised about this beer was the thick pour - it looked like hop syrup coming about of the bottle Sharp hoppy nose. A touch of alcohol up front, rich flavor, with a bit of caramel and hops up the yang. Not my favorite, but good.