hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, orange ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Good retention. Tons of stuff going on in the aroma; tropical and citrus fruit... Hawiian Punch. Toffee, caramel and black tea. 153 IBUs, but enough malt to balance it out. Tea grapefruit and caramel in the flavor as well. Full-bodied and fatty with medium carbonation. Finishes malty, then dry with a pinch of salt. World class! Thanks go out to growler for sharing this bottle!
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours to a clear amber body with a medium eggshell head. The aroma is fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus, apricot, citrus, light malt. Taste is grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit rind, bitter apricot, pine, pineapple, mild grains, and some light pale malts. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, hides the 11% very well.
argo0 (11868) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Clear amber body topped by a small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, floral/orange, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, candi sugar, some caramel, light orange. Alcohol dry finish. Medium-full body, chewy. Not bad, but lacks distinguishing features.
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is sweet citrus with light apricot and grapefruit hoppiness. Pours a bright transparent orangish-amber with a small off-white head. Lots of sweet citrus up front with light apricot and hints of pineapple. Big grapefruit hoppy finish that really lingers in the aftertaste. 11% is hidden extremely well. A well done and well balanced IIPA.
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, pale mahogany. This thing has a great hoppy aroma with pineapple and pine trees. Itís got a slight bit of caramel malt to back up the hoppiness.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Pours an orange/gold color with a small head. Big time hops on the nose. Hops dominate on the palate, but not enough malt to provide the balance that I look for in a 2IPA. I thought this was a hopped up IPA, fruity, hop tingle, and bitter.
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into Westmalle Goblet. Pours copper, very translucent but cannot see through the beer. Aroma is all hops, pine and soapy grapefruit. Taste is strong, all hoppy. Similar taste, with lots of piney biterness at the end. An aftertaste of tea. Good hiding of the alcohol.
pineypower (2636) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy hops. Huge hop aroma on the pour with a nice orange color. Decent sized head. Taste is good with notes of citrus and some floral hops, malt back bone was there, but I found myself wanting a bit more, None the less a very solid brew
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After the 12% ABV mess that was Java I was really scared to try an 11% ABV IIPA. Anyway...clear amber body with a moderate head, average lacing. Aroma is a blast of hops.. go figure. Got the usual stuff like grapefruit and citrus as well as some other fruits, but also vanilla. Slighty soapy taste that I canít quite target. After looking at the ingrediants on the bottle Iím guessing red wheat but I have no idea... whatever it is... I donít like it. I think the problem on top of that is that without that flavor, this would be a fairly bland (bland still scores well for IIPAs) example and also a bit too sweet. I dunno, I was hoping for something more bitter when I saw 153 IBUs.
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - bright orange color with smallish ring of off-white lace - quite a sweet, orange aroma, with highly resinous hops, and an almost maple syrup stickiness to it - a bit of a phenolic smell hiding back there - a bit sweet at first, especially when cold, but, counterintuitively, this sweetness actually mellows as the beer warms - the hops are extremely bitter, without being abrassive, which is quite an accomplishment in and of itself - well-masked alcohol, but a little thin in the middle - sticky, syrupy sweetness comes back in the finish, along with more piney hop character, making me feel like Iím sucking maple syrup directly out of a tree - I would say aging would help this, but it will probably just get even more sweet as the hops mellow - not bad, but the cloying sweetness at the end kind of kills it - needs a bit of tweeking.