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 Tier’s flagship IPA introduced me to the world of top-notch IPAs in late ’04, 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 brew’s refreshing hop flavor and sturdy malt backbone. Will stand with any West Coast IIPA. Who could ask for more from this style?
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy Hop smell hits me right away. Very Good Smell. It has a nice amber color and rumored to have a nice head in the right glass. I didn’t have the right glass to get head apparently. Another Hoppy success
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: Clear orange with a persistent white foamy head, aroma is pine needles and grapefruit chopped up in a blender, sticky body with hard carbonation, starts bitter and ends sweet, a little too sweet, alcohol is well hidden, but perhaps it would be better with a lower ABV.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cold 22oz bottle: pours a clear medium orange color with a big, fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing as it slowly dissipates. Aroma is predominantly of earthy and floral hops with some rich malts. Taste is of rich malts with smooth bitterness and notes of floral, earth and pine. Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Ending is of bitterness with notes of pine and earth. Alcohol is well hidden!
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orange-ish yellow, white head. Aroma is caramel, honey, hops, citrus, floral. Flavor is citrus, floral, caramel, hops, well balanced. I find that some Imperial IPAs can be too syrupy, this one does not fall into that trap. Good Imperial!
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice offwhite head, aroma is ALL citrus, and hops, but has a huge piney aroma. flavour is very much orange, grapefruit, and lots pine. finish is as expected quite bitter. a nice IIPA, but i’m finding its also kinda sweet, a little too sweet. overall a good IIPA.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 22oz Bottle: Pours a clear deep orange with a light cream colored head. The aroma is extremely appetizing with loads of orangey hops. Leafy and twiggy with bright citrusy notes. Crisp and fresh pineyness with a sweet doughy hint. Leafy chewy cascade flavors hit you immediately. Hoppy-layers unfold with a dry orange-rind bitterness. There’s a sticky sweet maltyness that reminds me of glazed pastries, which backs the hops quite well. The finish is long, smooth and minty with a subtle residual sweetness. Slight alcohol tingle on the palate, but it’s perfect. A pleasantly rich, well-hopped, balanced and highly drinkable Imperial IPA.
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A large hops aroma jumps out from this baby. About as well balanced beer as you could hope for here. The hops and malt just seem to melt into each other this is an excellent example of how an ipa should work out. The palate on this beer is so close to beng perfect just a hint of carbonation overload keeps it from being perfect.. It is not thin nor is it slick. This is a damn fine beer.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden with off-white head. Aroma: Malt and pine. Flavor: Malt, pine, grapefruit. Bitterness dominates finish.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 Rerate. 22oz bomber. Clear orange/light amber with a 1/2 finger off white yellowish head, fading to a film and a ring around the glass after a minute. Some nice caramelly sweetness is overrun by pine, grapefruit, and caramel. I must add that these guys do it well, because the hops come across as sweet, which in reality can’t be the case. After a while (and after some warming), I can pick up on some light earthy bitterness and grain. Flavor has a bit more pine resin and floral hop notes than the aroma did. I also get a little bit of powdered sugar. Some spicy alcohol is present, but I wouldn’t guess this to be a whopping 11% ABV. Dry finish with some light lingering biscuits and a bitterness that hits the back and sides of my tongue, but I wouldn’t put it at higher than a 5-6 (out of 10) for bitterness, considering the "150 IBU’s." Full bodied with moderate smooth carbonation. All in all, a solid beer. Old rating follows.22oz bomber, no date as a bonus from HogTownHarry. Smelled the hops from a foot away as I popped the cap. Pours a clear amber orange with a one finger slowly fading slightly yellow creamy head. Aroma of hops--pineapple, grapefruit, some pine and a bit of earth--and a bit of bready malts. Resiny hops are a bit more at the forefront with some pine, followed by a nice bready malt backbone. Bitterness never does get too huge here. ETOH is noticeable, but I didn’t quite think this would be 11%. Low to moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a full body--not syrupy or anything though. Wish there was a date on this because I think it might be a hair past its peak. Can’t find my notes from the last time I had it (thank you Secret Santa!), but I think it was around a 4.0, and I think the hops were a bit fresher as well. Nonetheless, this is a solid beer. Thank you Harry. 8-4-8-4-15--3.9