sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
220z bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, medium straw colour with very little carbonation or head. Aroma is hoppy, but doesnít seem to be as strong as some of the best of the style. But the taste is very, very nice. Very full taste, chock full of hops and well-rounded. A good balance of bitter and floral hops, just the way I like it. This one is a treat, although I rated it slightly below the Stone Ruination.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber courtesy of HogTown Harry- canít say enough good things about that beer swilling dude
This is a kick ass beer. Plain and simple. My apologies to Piscator34 for not saving this bottle to taste- its been a long week and I was in desparate need of hops. Sorry man
Poured into a normal pint glass. Quite clear beer- usual IPA color with good head. Aroma is top shelf - a wave of amarillo hops hit me Sweet sweet amarillo hops. This may be the best aroma Iíve ever had the pleasure. Simply outstanding. My taste buds are watering at this point so time to dig in. Taste does not dissapoint. Hops assault my mouth, but in a very good way. Not astringent at all. The bittering hops are there donít get me wrong, but the bitter holds its ground for just the right amount of time and then gives way to a malty sweetness and the aroma hops. If I had to fault this beer, it is on the sweet side, but given the 11%, not a surprise. Not overly sweet, I thought played well with the hops. The centennial and amarillo dry hopping is a nice touch and blend together wonderfully. This beer is all about the hops and hits the mark. Outstanding!
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a Michigan Brewing Company pint glass.
Poured a dark, ruby-brown color with only a slight head.
Beer looks very inviting from the appearance.
Smell is some slight hops. Not incredibly intense.
Taste is where this beer really shines. Very good hop taste and presence. Very bitter hops up front, buy very smooth on the mouth.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but not quite as refreshing as I like.
The label states that this beer is 11%, but it is nowhere to be found in either the taste or being felt.
A very good beer from Southern Tier. Iím still madly in love with their Jah-Va stout, but this is a nice change of pace.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bomber. Clear orange color with a medium head. Spare lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus (grapefruit, mostly), pineapple and other tropical fruit. Taste was nearly the same with just a touch of sugary, malt sweetness. West coast balanced, for sure. (Hop) Oily texture. Maybe the finish could be described at bittersweet, but I definitely wouldnít say bitter. An east coast winner.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a clear, orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís sweet and malty with fruity esters, a bitter, peppery hop note and some pine and grapefruit. Full bodied and warming.
steelers37 (62) - little ferry, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
light orange color with very little head, citrusy sweet aroma. big piney hops with a lemony finish. awsome will definately have again
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle
Thanks to whoever sent this in a trade a few months ago. I lost track of which one it was but Iím glad to have tried it. Southern Tier seems to produce a number of excellent high gravity beers. This one is one of the best double IPAs I have tried - the balance of hops and malts does not kill the palate like some over the top IIPAs.
Aroma / Appearance - Caramel, rose petals and lemons form a first impression that is backed by the sensation of fresh Mandarin oranges dipped in Belgian chocolate. The tropical feel reminds me of Dreadnaught with the citrus and floral notes describing a warm southern garden. The one finger eggshell colored head protectsa caramel colored body.
Flavor / Palate - A strong bitterness overwhelms the senses before fading into caramel, oranges, grapefruit and shaved chocolate. The bitterness does not fade completely for quite a while, acting as a foundation on which the other flavors play out. Citrus and grapefruit create a finish that remind one that this is a strong IPA. The alcohol is well hidden. Though it takes a while to finish the bottle, the 11% ABV is not obvious until the last sip. Instead a pleasing full mouthfeel warms the mouth. This has become one of my favorite IIPAs.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an awesome IPA. Very citrusy flavor. Balanced by bitterness and the alchol is almost absent on the flavor.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 22oz bomber, bottle has been aged for 1 year. poured clear amber with thin white head. nose still has retained lots of PNW hop fruityness but lots some of itís luster. the age has brought out some bw-esque flavors like chocolate, caramel, and more toasted biscuit, and the bitterness has faded quite a bit, although, still pretty bitter. the carbination is low-medium and alcohol is very well hidden. a joy to drink. again, i liked this better fresh and i doubt this will mature into a nice barleywine like beer since itís not bottle conditioned. 7/3/7/4/14 = 3.5
5/3/07. 22oz bottle. age unknown but word has itís rather fresh. thanks to eljefe for this. pours clear amber with white head. nose isnít that hoppy, some citrus hops with mango and orange, along with toasted biscuit and slight alcohol. flavor isnít that bitter either, more of a sweet orange, biscuit, and alcohol. iíd be surprised if this was a fresh bottle. 7/4/7/4/12 = 3.4.
9/18/07 my impressions are similar to the notes of previous 5/3/07 but this seems a little fresher. yet still not as bitter and fresh as i first tried it a few years ago. if i had to guess this is bottle is probably about 3-6months old. and so i continue to find out how crucial it is to get a i/iipa within the first 2 months of bottling/taping (unless youíre looking to age it out a few years like some do). these high alpha acid hops fade so fast.
9/27/07, sample from 18-24months aged bottle. still quite hoppy but more nicely aged malt notes coming through. some nice plums, tar, and nutty flavor with crisp hop citrus notes. still pretty bitter. aging pretty well. still hoppy somehow with the benefits of aged malts. i bet it could go 3-4 years. but if you have a few bottles past their prime iíd age íem out a few years. score kept from this aged rating, 8/4/8/4//15=3.9
6/9/08, on tap. pours clear golden with creamy white head. aroma is loaded with amarillo and other PNW hops. flavors are the same, rather filtered and the hop flavor makes this seem a tad plasticy. otherwise this is pretty good stuff.3.8.
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Feb. 23, 2007; 22 oz. "bomber." This is a GREAT brewery. Southern Tierís flagship IPA introduced me to the world of top-notch IPAs in late í04, and this Imperial version bumps it up a notch. Appetizingly-deep amber with moderate lacing. No "rocky" head here (just a finger). Incredibly well-balanced in both aroma and flavor. Not over-the-top in any respect; not too sweet, nor grimacingly-hoppy. Signature piney notes. Rich, without being oily. The whopping 11% ABV is subsumed within this brewís refreshing hop flavor and sturdy malt backbone. Will stand with any West Coast IIPA. Who could ask for more from this style?