jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber with a small frothy white head. Strong pine and citrus hop aroma. Big, sweet, toffee and caramel malt unexpectedly hit first, then a healthy piney/grapefruit bitterness balances and finishes the flavor. A light and warming hint of alcohol on this medium body makes it feel even bigger. Palate is bitter-sweet with a long finish.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from El Santa. Deep amber colored, near brown and clear. Small and slow to form beigish head fades to a mottled layer and ring, fair lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant, redolent of hops and offering up floral and piney notes to compete with the caramel malt aroma. Medium to full bodied, softer carbonation. Pleasantly malty initially with a nice touch of sweetness. Piney and moderate floral notes poke through the caramel, bitterness is initially pleasant and then becomes nearly harsh. A bit catty in hop flavors at times, lingering bitterness. Overall a pretty decent IIPA.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Bottle. I was amazed to not only find this one recently, but to find it in Connecticut. I had given up on the big Southern Tier beers in CT. In fact, Iíve pretty much given up on all big beers in CT, but thatís another story. After hearing a lot about this one, Iím bit underwhelmed by it. Itís decent, and smells nice enough, but thereís really not much that separates this from other IIPAs. Very hoppy (piney and grassy) to in the nose to begin, but that begins to flatten as it approaches room temp. Rather flat and buttery in the mouth. I mean, thereís a bit of hoppiness in the mouth, but not near where I had expected. A little sharpness at the end, but itís quickly subdued by a malty, caramel sweetness. Maybe it had sat on the shelf for too long.
Edit. Ward, you may have been too rough on the beaver last night. After having the second glass a few days later, I have to rerate, I was a bit rough on it to start.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep glowing amber beer with rigid white cap. The floral aroma is something marked by citrus and piney hops. Listed at 153 IBUs(!) I was expecting a little more of a harsh bite, maybe even some hop burn. But it wasnít a massive assault on my palate, which may be a testament to balance. I could also be that I have developed a tolerance to high IBU beers (considering how much I drink, thatís probably it). Sometimes it seems that I enjoy smelling a DIPA moreso than drinking, but on this one the taste matched well with the aroma. No let-down here. A good time and clearly the best beer of the night. Thanks Santa!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY (October 2006) consumed from a Chouffe tulip just below cellar temperature. Remarkably enduring moderate frothy off-white head tops the lightly yeast-flecked oily copper body, leaving large speckles of lacing.....alcohol rather prominent in the nose but doesnít overawe the fresh juicy apricots, almonds and slight touches of vanilla-oakiness....body is quite syrupy and thick, verging on cloying, with significant booziness throughout growing to a somewhat medicinal harshness at the finish....flavorwise, itís quite fruity with a light buttery-oily texture, like baked peaches and apricots drizzled with butter and bourbon.....touches of coconut enter at midpalate, and the agressive hoppiness is felt in both the fruity acidity and strong dry, bitter herbal tones (oregano, sage)....carbonation is low, perhaps a bit too low, and this really becomes hard for me to drink as it warms.....on the whole Iím underwhelmed though thereís some quality work here; just seems too thick and alcoholic and lacking in finesse, bludgeoning rather than caressing the palate.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 (Bottle) Pours clear amber. Pine, citrus and pineapple aroma with some other fruits. Honey-ish, caramelly, sticky malt. Earthy undertones with hints of roses and maybe orange. Sweet and grapefruity, rasiny bitter flavour with grassy tones. A bit minty with light notes of vanilla. Good balance, but not perfect. Heavy afterbitterness.
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Monkís Cafe. A great IPA. Heavy on the citrus and hops with a wonderfully rounded palate.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and toffee. Flavor of breadiness, caramel malt, and hops with a somewhat dry finish.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Paul (blankboy) Thanks! Upon opening the box I knew what I saw when I saw this one. It took me about half a second to decide this was going to get consumed almost immediately. Pours out a brownish red color with a yellow colored head. Smell is hops and malts and a little more hops. The smell is quite a let down for what you have to be in store for with the taste. Simply a hop bomb with tons of hops and a nice balance to help with the somewhat overpowering hops. If this beer smelled as good as it tasted, it would be a top rank for me. Very very good stuff, glad I got to drink this one. Thanks Paul!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep copper pour supporting a fluffy off-white head with thick curtains of lacing. Aroma of pine resin, fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Flavors follow the aroma but the citrus notes arenít as prominent. Rich malt backbone and strong but balanced hop bitterness. Texture just a tad thin for an IIPA but the finish is clean, hoppy and refreshing. A good IIPA and very well balanced but not as aggressive as a Stone Ruiniation or Avery Maharaja.