Brigadier (3010) - 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?
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 didnít 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 (3127) - 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 iím 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. Thereís 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 itís perfect. A pleasantly rich, well-hopped, balanced and highly drinkable Imperial IPA.