jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, wow, and more wow just hops galore with this one, slightly heavy mouthfeel due to immense amount of hops, nice and bitter, definitely feel the 11% immediately..you can taste the malt but the hops are very present, no surprises there... delicious.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body is a bright copper with a tinge of orange and it’s capped by a large off-white head that does some substantial lacing. Great aroma - tart tangerine, grapefruit, pine, grasses - and, oh yeah, some sweet caramel beneath it all. The flavor surprized me with its balance, having expected more of a hop bomb. The hoppy bitterness wins out in the end and well into the finish, but the malt remained a solid presence throughout. I honestly didn’t notice the strong ABV until the alcohol worked its way into my system. Quite nice.
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RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is ridiculous. Explosion of floral hops. Good mouthfeel and a smoothness to the acerbic hops.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amazing strong tropical fruity hops aroma with reddish golden color. Flavor is as expected: pleasantly sweet fruity hops with a touch of roasted malt. Finish is crisp but a bit bitter for my tastes. This is a respectable effort, although there are better IIPAs out there.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a medium-large foamy head. Aroma is a clean and strong presentation of floral-grassy hops with some pine. Taste is nice and hop-forward with some tart lemon-grapefruit essence. A bit of alcohol thrown in and just a hint of orange-sugarish malts. Nice DIPA, but this one could really do a better job of masking the alcohol. Nice brew.
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 nice amber ipa color, decnt white foamy head, very citrus with some peach on the nose, juicy hops with some caamel malts. Medium body
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, it’s dangerous (being 11%abv and all....)
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, 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 (1680) - 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 IIPA’s I’ve 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 (2751) - 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 I’d 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.