hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled from bomber. Pours a nice deep amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is a huge amount of fresh citrus and piney hops, resinous aroma with a decent amount of caramel malt also. Taste is sweet caramel, huge citrus up front, with a slight bitterness that lasts throughout the sweet, malty middle and finish. Hops lightly linger on the palate. For a beer this size, extremely well balanced with hops. Light alcohol warm in the finish. damn, this is good.
GRM (2969) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Bottle, 650 ml eye: amber, no effervescence, beige head nose: hops, citrus, sweet, fresh mouth : sweet, fresh and pleasant bitterness, tea, finale in bitterness where the caramel eventually takes over, quite bitter, surprisingly sweet, medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation
Bouteille, 650 ml oeil : ambré, pas d’effervescence, mousse beige nez : houblon, citron, sucré, frais bouche : amertume sucrée fraîche et plaisante, thé, finale en amertume où le caramel vient qu’à prendre le dessus, assez amère, surprenamment sucrée, corps moyen, texture crémeuse, bien carbonatée
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber, quickly diminishing off-white cover. Loses lots of points for its rather mediocre palate, both syrupy and slick, yet hugely loose and lacking any tightness or finesse that brings the flavours together. It just throws its residual sugars left and right while offering barely any carbonation to clean the bittering hops onslaught. So…very bitter, very sweet and quite aggressive globally. You know from those sticky malts that they are aiming for some sense of balance here, but it misses the meeting as far as I’m concerned. Its huge ABV manages to be concealed rather genuinely, but the heat still strikes the gong through bare unadulterated medicinal sugars which are, if anything, aggressed by a wide range of hop aromas, ranging from the piney, green, flowery hops to the really resinous and oily sticky gumminess.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber courtesy of Styles. aaahhhhhh... a delicious brew to drink in prepartion of the Bears vs. Seahawks game. a nice blend of grapefruit, apricot and some pine aroma on the nose. flavor is more of the same with a sticky sweet caramel backbone. very smooth and the 11% abv will creep up and bite you before you know it! one of the better IIPA’s I’ve had. Now I need another bottle for a side by side with Yulesmith, Dreadnaught, GD Hercules and this. Thanks Styles, I enjoyed it!
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Shoreline. Drank on 8/17/06. Very clear, copper. 1" creamy off-white head. Drops slowly to a nice, thick layer of foam that sticks around. Fairly nice lacing. Aroma - big, fruity - apricot, resiny hop aroma. Very sweet also. Flavor - fairly high up front bitterness that remains through the swallow. Very sweet with a fruity hop flavor. Somewhat dry finish. Palate - solid medium with good carb. for the style. Overall - pretty good IIPA. Not quite as bitter as "Jim the beer dude" at Shoreline described. Good bitterness for me. If anything it’s too sweet and fruity for me. Good IIPA though. Hides 11% very well.
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Bot6tle from The_Epeeist; Thanks Chris; Nose of hops, hops, and mo hops (citrusy); Light copper color with a very small white head; flavor of hoppiness, a little cherry, and some caramel; totally hoppy with no bitterness!
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(many thanks to irishboy 4 sharing this)clear copper body with not much head to speak of.aroma is loaded with pine and citrus hops.juicy fruit gum (i.e. pine hops,caramel malts,and some fruit)dominate this beer.you get the hopped up flavor withoout all the bitterness with this one.palate goes on for days....
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 My time as a polymer chemist is really bringing down my opinion of these IIPA’s, with any overtones of plastic. Clear reddish amber color with minimal head. Huge cascade ( grapefruit) aroma, sweet and sticky, gets a high mark. Upon tasting, plastic. I’ve worked with enough chemicals to get a poly- aroma and taste and this does it for me.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam settles atop the copper orange gown.
-Resinous, wooden, earthy hops coalesce in the muscular perfume, blooming through a luxurious honeyed maltiness.
-The unified flavors of honeyed pine resins warm the soul and soothe the mind.
-The heaviness of the syrupy, slick maltiness is alleviated but sparse but fierce bubbling.
What if you dig deeper?
-Alcohol is very well concealed within the resinous hop bitterness.
-With its stern, bold, and intelligent flavor organization, this beer reminds me of Stone’s strong ale successes.
-It wouldn’t take much of a change in the grain bill to make this very competent strong IPA an impressive barley wine.
Bottle; no date.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
looks like a dark tea with a white soapy head. Smells of caramels and sweet pines, florals. This one is Hoppy as all heck. Medium body. Changes a bit in consumption going down. Bitter at the end. Surprised the alcohol content is as high as it is.