nimbleprop (5577) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear orangy copper from the bomber with a very thick, white lacing head. A nice earthy, no pun intended, hoppy smell, slightly piney. Sticky, syrupy and slightly acidic in the mouth. Can’t taste anything but the hops here, citrus, pine, flower, soap. The very heavy alcohol is well hidden making this beer enjoyable.
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours an orange amber color with an enormous creamy beige head. Aroma is extremely hoppy with that famous west coast piney IPA scent. Taste is very hoppy with loads and loads of pine flavor and plenty of tangerine citrus as well. Alcohol is hidden very well. Hard to believe this is 11 %. Excellent !! One of the best east coast Imperial IPA’S out there.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a good Imperial IPA but almost went overboard. The flavors were very very intense and if you are not a hophead, this is not your beer.
thehinge (283) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best IIPA’s I’ve had. Not that there’s a lot to hate about any of the style. Southern Tier hit it on the nose with this one. Aroma has sweet and piney elements to it. Orange-amber poor with an almost non-existent head. Should someone care about this? I don’t think so. It coats the palate very well with it’s caramel and citrus flavors. Well balanced hops throughout it. Excellent.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap @ Red Bones. Pours a clear amber/orange with foamy off-white head. Aroma is semi-sweet floral hops. Taste is very balanced. Sweet citrus and candy sugar with piney hops. This is 11%?? Wow, the alcohol is hidden very well.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a very big hop explosion. hops at the begining, hops at the finish, hops in the middle. clear copper color, with a resiny, almost too resiny mouthfeel. nicely balanced with a big malt backbone. huge hop finish, for the hophead in all of us.
hophead75 (2012) - 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 (3243) - 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 (6155) - 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!