Boutip (5689) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a golden amber color ale with a medium foamy head with slightly below average retention. Aroma of bitter and citrus is dominating as expected but is well balance with some sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a nice mix between citrusy bitter malt with a nice backing of caramel malt. Body had an oily texture and was about medium full with some low carbonation. Very good take on the style but probably still notch down from my personal favourite such as Dreadnaught and Smuttynose Big A IPA.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from jah noth. Clear copper body, thick off-white head. Crisp, bright hops aroma delivers abundant citrus and pine notes. Caramely malt notes lurk beneath the hops. Sugared grapefruit adequately captures its complexity. The body is an oily, resinous hops tea, featuring a medley of flavors, including abundant citrus, burnt fall leaves, perfume, flower petals, and pine. Lingering sugary fruit syrup coats the palate at the end of each sip, becoming overbearing after a short period of time. This beer is a lesson in complexity not equaling greatness, as there is simply too much in the way of resiny hops to really enjoy this beer. My verdict is favorable but with the caveat that the parts are greater than the whole in this case.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
220z bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, medium straw colour with very little carbonation or head. Aroma is hoppy, but doesnít seem to be as strong as some of the best of the style. But the taste is very, very nice. Very full taste, chock full of hops and well-rounded. A good balance of bitter and floral hops, just the way I like it. This one is a treat, although I rated it slightly below the Stone Ruination.
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber courtesy of HogTown Harry- canít say enough good things about that beer swilling dude
This is a kick ass beer. Plain and simple. My apologies to Piscator34 for not saving this bottle to taste- its been a long week and I was in desparate need of hops. Sorry man
Poured into a normal pint glass. Quite clear beer- usual IPA color with good head. Aroma is top shelf - a wave of amarillo hops hit me Sweet sweet amarillo hops. This may be the best aroma Iíve ever had the pleasure. Simply outstanding. My taste buds are watering at this point so time to dig in. Taste does not dissapoint. Hops assault my mouth, but in a very good way. Not astringent at all. The bittering hops are there donít get me wrong, but the bitter holds its ground for just the right amount of time and then gives way to a malty sweetness and the aroma hops. If I had to fault this beer, it is on the sweet side, but given the 11%, not a surprise. Not overly sweet, I thought played well with the hops. The centennial and amarillo dry hopping is a nice touch and blend together wonderfully. This beer is all about the hops and hits the mark. Outstanding!
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a Michigan Brewing Company pint glass.
Poured a dark, ruby-brown color with only a slight head.
Beer looks very inviting from the appearance.
Smell is some slight hops. Not incredibly intense.
Taste is where this beer really shines. Very good hop taste and presence. Very bitter hops up front, buy very smooth on the mouth.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but not quite as refreshing as I like.
The label states that this beer is 11%, but it is nowhere to be found in either the taste or being felt.
A very good beer from Southern Tier. Iím still madly in love with their Jah-Va stout, but this is a nice change of pace.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bomber. Clear orange color with a medium head. Spare lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus (grapefruit, mostly), pineapple and other tropical fruit. Taste was nearly the same with just a touch of sugary, malt sweetness. West coast balanced, for sure. (Hop) Oily texture. Maybe the finish could be described at bittersweet, but I definitely wouldnít say bitter. An east coast winner.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a clear, orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís sweet and malty with fruity esters, a bitter, peppery hop note and some pine and grapefruit. Full bodied and warming.
steelers37 (62) - little ferry, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
light orange color with very little head, citrusy sweet aroma. big piney hops with a lemony finish. awsome will definately have again
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, 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.