PhillyBeer2112 (2540) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmm, a pretty mellow IIPA. Restrained hoppy aroma was straighforwardly citric, without much malt, but Iíd call it bready and perhaps honeyish. Flavor is well rounded with a bready honey malt, some citrus resiny hops, and not very bitter. Malts rounded out the palate, although simply so. Dark golden-amber color with medium head.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bomber - pours clear amber/gold with a puffy and bubbly bone head. Aroma is very hoppy, with a strong caramel malt background. Lots of citrus and pine as well and everything else you expect from an IIPA. Flavour is very much the same: the hops come forward at first before it smooths out in the middle before a nice bitter finish. Suprisingly, I found this much more balanced than I was expecting it to be. The finish wasnít overwhelmingly bitter by any means. Perhaps it settled down a bit, as Iíve had my bottle for a few months. I donít know, but my experience seems to match a number of other reviewers. In any case, it was very smooth and drinkable with the alcohol quite well hidden considering the ABV. Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Great beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz from MaxxDaddy - thanks, Max! While not as bubbly and lively as some IIPAs on the initial pour, the nose makes up for it with a hop explosion. Super bitter with a piney finish, just the way I like it. But the alcoholís a bit active and the beerís hot. Additionally, things get a bit sticky in places. But itís still quite fine (though not on a par with STís finest, the Jah-va!).
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle at Monkís Cafe in Philadelphia. Pour was a nice amber color with a light colored head. Smell is very hoppy and citrusy grapefruit, very nice. Flavor was much the same of hoppy grapefruit with a lot of a sweet malt backbone to balance out the hops. Overall this was a pretty balaced DIPA and I liked it.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber via trade with bgburdman9. Thanks Brian. Shared with my buddy Kensy after seeing the Arcade Fire, damn they can really put on one hell of a show. Anyway onto the beer, had to try this as it was a big recommendation from Bartzilla a hop head indeed. Pours Amber with a thin tan head. Dry hoppyness on the nose, not in your face. The taste is sharp and potent with a big round hoppy feel in the mouth with just the right amount of bitterness. Woody pine comes through as well as very light citrus hints. This is really a damn good beer in a nice looking bottle. Cheers to Southern Tier.
AskForJenny (1024) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz- Nice color, nice lace on pour. Hops on nose. Plate fades from light malt to heavy perfumy flavor (perhaps the wheat) to grapefruit. A different take on pale ale, but not for me.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very full taste, piney. Lots of hops and rebirths of flavor all the way through. Tad bit bitter.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled. Pours slight hazy orange/amber with a large off-white head. Aroma of citrusy pine hops and caramel malts. The flavor is slightly sweet upfront, caramel, citrus, pines and finishes bitter and dry.
cheap (4198) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the Bocktown. Fruity berry aroma with a little floral hops. For some reason while looking at the tap, I was expecting an impy stout, oh well. Instead I am presented with a double IPA. It has the ubiquitous colors of any other IIPA, a clear darker yellow color. Hops, hops and more hops greet the taste buds. This is followed by a berry or fruit background just like the aroma suggests. This stuff really mows over my girlie taste buds. Although this style is not up my alley, I must say it is what I would expect from a major IPA. This is the kind of bitter hoppiness almost makes my gag reflexes kick in! Donít care for that, I always thought beer was to be enjoyed. However, I respect the fact that many of us ratebeerians love this attribute. This beer is quite puckering. Finish is lasting and bitter linger. Acrid back of the throat conditions. Please, somebody give me a Weyerbacher Old Heathen for a chaser!
Iíll probably be slammed for this rating but I am not experienced enough yet to rate within a style.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: pours a cloudy orange blossom honey colour with an off white head. the aroma is of citrus hops with a nice balance of sweet malts. also some added spice and earthyness. the flavour is starts sweet and is smooth and thick over the palate with a great bitter hop finish. a great balanced big beer.