shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. The top pops with only a small hiss. The pour is gentle, but unnecessarily, this beer doesn’t want to produce anything beyond a small head of bright white. The appearance is surprising, but only until I read the label again. This is an Imperial EXTRA pale ale. The beer is a light yellow color, even pilsener-ish in color. The first sniff however, convinces me this in not going to be a beer light on flavor. The aroma is strong pine needles. Fresh in in-your-face. The flavor is crisp, clean, hoppy and refreshing. This doesn’t have the caramel that I associate with an IIPA. I can’t smell or taste any significant alcohol despite what the bottle says. The palate is clean, and dry. This is in a category to itself. It is in-fact an Imperial Extra Pale Ale.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Advertised as a well balanced extra pale ale, this brew is overly hopped, not at all well balanced, and fairly boozy. Its also very syrupy. I like a lot of the beers from this brewery, but this was disappointing.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Cole’s. Clear gold, thin white head. Nose is lemony citrus hops, light toasted malt presence, some light caramel notes. Seems extremely fresh. Flavor is fruity hop, very tingly carbonation, light lemon piney finish. The finish lasts forever, getting sweeter as time goes on. A bit like a bigger Alesmith X. This is going to be a big one.
doobahstop (2) - USA - MAR 31, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle poured a beautiful pale orange color. The alcohol is very subdued for 10%... you wont know its strong till after. The hops are very citrusy. Smooth bitterness slides into a very tangerine/orange flavor. Lots of late hop additions it seems like here. It is cool to see ST put out another IIPA.
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Can’t believe that this is a 10% beer. Extremely smooth & well balanced. I believe that it is 10% now, the day after. Pours a copper color with a small head. Hops not overbearing but present. Well done