hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy aroma with pine, brown sugar, slight catty notes and some orange fruit. Golden-orange in color with a thin, white head. Sweet..super sweet with lots of hop flavor and a fairly bitter finish...the finish smacks of hops. Full bodied, sweet and creamy.
OldGrowth (2730) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet. Pine, grapefruit, orange all in there. Clean brownish orange color, ok head with minor lacing. Bitter flavors, grapefruit mainly. Some of the orange and pine too. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Tasty. After the word tasty I wrote CWC. Can’t figure it out right now. Damn my own shorthand.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 This is pretty damn good...like somebody brewed a beer with all the great qualities of a 90min and a Nug Nectar...and managed to add another 2% alcohol. Pours a nice reddish copper with a perfect fizzy white IIPA head. Aroma is intensely floral and citrusy hops...about as good as it gets for the style. Taste is tons of big fresh hops and lots of creamy citrus...there is also a decent amount of malt profile too. Now this beer isn’t a drop dead hop orgasm...it is actually very manageable and not anything that would even begin to stop my palate in its tracks...it is just pretty damn good. Mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp. Altogether...I think this is my favorite IIPA next to Dread and Yule...it definitely surpasses 90min, Herc, and Younger.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber body. Light aroma - caramel and grapefruit rind. Bitter flavor - starts with bitter citrus leading to caramelized crystal malt. A pretty ordinary IPA.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear, dark bronze pour, small head. Citrus piney aroma, but not overkill on grapefruit, and some orange hops as well as sweet caramel malt. Toasty sweet caramel malt flavors to start with, and lots of fresh citrus, tangerine, and pine hop flavors. A nice smooth bitter finish - not harsh. Good body. Very good iipa.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to DavidP for sharing this one. Pours a slightly murky golden brown color. Almost no head. Aroma is C-hops, kind of one-dimensional. Flavor is astringent sweet hops. Not over the top, To be honest its just not doing it for me. More hops and cowbelll please!
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, big thanks to Shadey: Pours a clear, lightly-effervescent copper orange with a nice, frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Has a very nice, fresh citrus grapefruity hoppy aroma with some piney resin and sweet toasty caramel malt. Body starts with a full sticky sweet and viscous toasty caramel toffee maltiness along with lots of fresh crisp bitterness, citric grapefruit and a slightly earthy, crisp piney finish that hides the alcohol very well. A very enjoyable double IPA that can hold its own with any other example of the style. Drink this one soon for maximum flavor before it loses any of its great hop edge.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light copper, very slight haze, small head, light lace (probably the glass) Subdued aroma of citrus, sugary malt, caramel, light alcohol vapors but that was just at first and cannot smell it anymore, hints of pine and other hop nuances. I am a bit stuffy so there might be more here. Full body, almost creamy, lush feel, smooth. Chewy malt and hop flavors very well integrated. This is real nice, hops dont kill you even with 150 IBU’s, excellent friggin balance and some flavors I cannot discern, I think the goldings. Long bitter finish. Blows my mind this is 11% b/c I do not taste it. One of the best and memorable Imperial IPA’s I have had in a long time. Will revisit when sinuses are clear.
imperialordie (6) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour was thick and amber colored. Aroma was out of this world made my mouth water. Flavor was extremely complex. Orange zest a hint of grapefruit. with a caramel malt background. Heavy heady brew. That is very well balanced.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pour was an oily, medium caramel with only a ring of off-white head headage. Nose, however, was phenominal! High hop concentrations let loose a titanic blast of orange and lemon zest with noticable (but subdued) rich caramel malt behind it... you could smell this from 17 feet away! Not quite as powerful in flavor, but still damn good... citrus and pine stole the show, yet again with the respectable malty balance. Hoppy bitters and alcohol highlights throughout the rather heavy brew. Great stuff!