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 alcohol’s a bit active and the beer’s hot. Additionally, things get a bit sticky in places. But it’s still quite fine (though not on a par with ST’s 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 Monk’s 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 (3361) - Portland, 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 (1051) - 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 (4754) - 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! Don’t 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!
I’ll 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.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lightly cloudy amber with an off-white head. The strong malt flavor came through with an initial sweetness Then the hops came on. The result was a well balanced "Extreme" beer. Boy, was that good!
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 Pours a beautiful golden color with a nice creamy, bubbly head. The smell is extremely hoppy with a nice citrus bite and some great spiciness. A nice lacing sticks to the side of the snifter. The taste has a warming alcohol feel with a hoppy bite and excellent mouthfeel. This beer is a world class IIPA. One of my top ten.