VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bomber - pours a slightly hazy glowing red gold with a large off white head that lasts just about forever, and coats the inside of the glass. Really beautiful appearance. Huge aroma of various C-hops - sharp, slightly bitter lemon, grapefruit, just really delicious smelling. Flavour is more citrus, but quite smooth and well-rounded. Faint juniper notes as well - almost a gin-like quality to the beer at the back of the palate. Not overly bitter, though there is certainly some bitterness throughout. Alcohol shows itself a touch near the front of the palate, then warms at the back. Quite complex and well put-together. One of my favourite IIPAs. This is so delicious, itís dangerous (being 11%abv and all....)
Svesse (7683) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Amber colour with brief off-white head. Fruity, very hoppy nose with notes of grapefruit, pine or spruce needles and resin. Fruity, hoppy taste with spruce needles, resin and dried fruit. The malty sweetness balances the impressive amounts of hops in the finish (153 IBU!). Very well balanced. Brilliant beer!
Nephilium (1628) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer starts with the aroma of sugared grapefruit, with a hint of vanilla lurking behind it. It pours a hazy dark amber, with a thin sticky head. The flavor of this beer is amazing, it tastes slightly sweet, with the grapefruit hops helping that along, with a very long bitter finish. It has the wonderful thick oily mouthfeel of a great IIPA. The alcohol is not even noticeable in tasting it. This rates amongst the best IIPAís Iíve ever had, giving even the Ruination a run for its money. The major difference being that I can taste other flavors after having this.
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - 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 (3365) - 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 (1062) - 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.