iowaherkeye (2694) - 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 canít 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 wouldnít 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 wouldnít put it at higher than a 5-6 (out of 10) for bitterness, considering the "150 IBUís." 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 didnít 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. Canít 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
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Powerful scents of flowers and pine. Taste also flowery/piney/citrusey. Seems like everyone wants to do Double, Triple, Dodecal IPAs but this one does the double quite nicely.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
holy crap this was unexpected. lots of pine and floral, perfume, and some lemongrass. some tangerine and some raisin grapefruit stuff goin on.
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from HogtownHarry. Thanks Harry! Shared with a fellow Umass grad, Akara, in my apt on 1/10/06. Orangey amber pour with a little white head. Strong floral hop aroma. Low carbonation, the one drawback for me. Sweet malts complete the palate with a little taste of alcohol, but this is still very pleasent. A solid double ipa.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly small sized off white head. Great aroma of floral hops, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is more of the same with a hefty malt backbone. Palate is medium-full, medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, bitter finish, slightly warm. Nice.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 22 oz bottle via adrian910ss. Pours a semi clear amber with a small white head. Nose is very hoppy-lots of pine and grapefruit. Taste is the same with lots of resiny pine in the finish. Bittersweet aftertaste. Hoppy but there is a nice malt backbone here that gives it a full body. Light carbonation. pretty tastey stuff. Alcohol is there in the finish, but there is no burn and it is not overbearing.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome! Such a pleasant aroma: strong spruce, pine, grapefruit, even malt balance. Very sweet but never cloying, this is very potent while remaining as balanced as Iíve encountered in a double ipa. Tastes of floral notes dominate, leading into fruity acidity and drying herbal resin. Carbonation is lower than expected, but I love the feel of an i2pa on cask, and this is verging on those taste sensations. Very, very nice.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber with a small frothy white head. Strong pine and citrus hop aroma. Big, sweet, toffee and caramel malt unexpectedly hit first, then a healthy piney/grapefruit bitterness balances and finishes the flavor. A light and warming hint of alcohol on this medium body makes it feel even bigger. Palate is bitter-sweet with a long finish.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from El Santa. Deep amber colored, near brown and clear. Small and slow to form beigish head fades to a mottled layer and ring, fair lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant, redolent of hops and offering up floral and piney notes to compete with the caramel malt aroma. Medium to full bodied, softer carbonation. Pleasantly malty initially with a nice touch of sweetness. Piney and moderate floral notes poke through the caramel, bitterness is initially pleasant and then becomes nearly harsh. A bit catty in hop flavors at times, lingering bitterness. Overall a pretty decent IIPA.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Bottle. I was amazed to not only find this one recently, but to find it in Connecticut. I had given up on the big Southern Tier beers in CT. In fact, Iíve pretty much given up on all big beers in CT, but thatís another story. After hearing a lot about this one, Iím bit underwhelmed by it. Itís decent, and smells nice enough, but thereís really not much that separates this from other IIPAs. Very hoppy (piney and grassy) to in the nose to begin, but that begins to flatten as it approaches room temp. Rather flat and buttery in the mouth. I mean, thereís a bit of hoppiness in the mouth, but not near where I had expected. A little sharpness at the end, but itís quickly subdued by a malty, caramel sweetness. Maybe it had sat on the shelf for too long.
Edit. Ward, you may have been too rough on the beaver last night. After having the second glass a few days later, I have to rerate, I was a bit rough on it to start.