kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is interesting, but well overhopped. It promptly blew out any other tastes I might experience over the next week or two. In order to pack these kinds of IBUs (over 150 i believe the bottle says), a great deal more malt is required. Even double IPAs with much lower IBUs are generally softened more gently with some malts. Itís worth trying a bottle for the novelty if the price is right--150 IBUs and few malts--but just doesnít stand up well compared to a stong category.
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear red-orange color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of citrus fruits and huge hops with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts out with citrus and finishes off with a huge hop flavor. Hops linger in your mouth for awhile. When I look for bitter beers this is a good example of what Iím looking for. One of my favorite Imperial IPAís.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of shadey. Awesome hop aroma. One of the best smelling beers Iíve had. Chewy hop flavor. Top five IIPA IMHO.
Sregnar35 (944) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer. Color is amazing red-orange, with a very sticky but small white head. Aroma is HUGE hops, very cool. Flavor is quite balanced for a dipa, but the hops do shine, piney mostly. Palate is extremely thick and chewy, bravo southern tier.....again.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Iíve really been in the mood for this style as of late , so letís see what this one has to offer. Pours a transparent amber-copper color with a creamy, very light tan head. The aroma is both citrusy, piney and grassy...not a whole lot more coming out and the pine seems to be dominant. The flvor also holds similar qualities, a strong grapefruit/pine flavor dominates although I can definetly sense the sticky caramel malt in there and it soes help balance this one out. Very malty on the tounge with a small bitter kick in the finish. The alcohol seems pretty well hidden, though there is a slight burn in the finish. The body is sticky, and a bit chewy, though the beer is fairly easy to drink. Very nice imperial IPA/
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at Mugís Ale House. Golden pour with a thick white head. Good head retention. Aroma had citrus, graitfruit, caramel and pine. Taste was smooth for the strength and was more malty then hoppy. There was a bit of a yogurt taste throughout. Citrus and graitfruit were dominant on the palate. Very smooth.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Copper color, not much in the way of head. Big bold citrusy floral hop aroma. Slightly sweet up front with a building hop finish, that really sticks around for a while. Alcohol really doesnít come through at all, I didnít even check the bottle to see what the ABV was. Very enjoyable.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright reddish amber color with a moderate cream colored head, no haze. Bigger aroma, lots of hops, citrusy and a little piney, offset by some melony notes. Similar flavor starts out lightly fruity, bigger hops on the backside, resinous. Medium to full bodied, light dryness, very good masking of the alcohol. Solid beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright copper color. Fresh hop aroma, lots of grapefruit, some light notes of pine, melon and peaches also. Big citrusy hops, followed up by some lightly sweet caramel-like malts. Big hop bitterness accompanied by some pine and apricot notes. Very nice.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Ruby Red color, but on the lighter side... Thin white swirls on the surface. Huge aroma of fresh piney hops. There is also a solid vein of sweet malts. You would never know this beer was a monsterous 11%. Itís delicous. Resinous fresh grapefruity hops and sweet malts. The body is a little lighter than I expected from the big alcohol, but thats really the only thing I can find wrong. 8/4/8/4/18
RERATE: 1 year old. Pour is still a nice clear mellon with a ring of white cream. Aroma is still hoppy but definitely subdued and spicy. Flavor of the malt has definitely come to the foreground, sweet but clean and delicious. This IPA ages quite gracefully. My score is the same for one year old. 8/4/8/4/18