Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
100% blind rating.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is murky dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Very left coastish, dull for me.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a clear, orange/gold color with an average-sized, off-white, frothy, quickly diminishing and mostly lasting head. The aroma is malty sweet with moderate notes of toasted grain and cookie; hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit, light notes of apricot; yeasty with light notes of dough. The flavor is heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a longer-than-average, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Nice cedar/redwood retros. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper, white head large bubbles. Aroma is all piney hops, gotta be some Cascade in there. Hop bomb. Taste is a minty, caramel hop. Not overpowering, but very hoppy. I like that there are other flavors in here. Alcohol subdued. Finish is more piney hops, fruitiness creeps in.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark copper color, with a nice white head. Aroma is well, hoppy as one would expect. Overly sweet and sticky, this beer could have tuned down the sweetness and been a better brew. Hop character was light in comparison to the sweet malt profile. Not a favorite, but not a drain pour, either.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have high standards for DIPAs, and I wasn’t really wowed by this one. I wanted more hoppiness and bite, but the ending was sickly sweet. Worth trying, but I probably won’t pick it up again. At least for a while, anyway.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 2006 bomber from Julios, consumed on 4/13/06 with SuIIy
Clear, filtered sunset orange-pink-amber colored beer with a flimsy off-white head that fades quickly to partial cover and ring, with little to no lacing. Surprised the wheat dosent hold the head better.
Nose begins with a dry burst of graham crackers, light honey and a bone-dry grapefruit rind bitterness that is lightly perfumey and steadily builds momentum, adding candied oranges, leafy, hop-bud notes and, on the back-end, dry resin. Flowery, with some light crystal malt paperiness, which seems out of place, perhaps a lightly blanding wheat influence? Caramel seems rather straightforward, garnering only as much interest as any balancing sweet malt. Light pepperiness coming from somewhere, almost like malted rye, though there is none in the beer. Definitely strong in the dry-bitter-perfume category, but as to any playful, juicy, or fruity hops, its only got the cascade citrus notes, which are rather brisk and one-sided (orange zest, candied oranges).
The opening hop notes in the flavor are again heavily citric, with dry, light caramel malts adding a touch of texture, while hop resin begins its ascent. Some pale sugars provide additional balance to the hoppy, clean, more or less, well-executed flavor, but it just fails to provide anything unique, not to mention there is a dullness, almost a husky, papery dryness, perhaps attributed to the wheat used in the grain bill, that works against the brightness and crispness that is so important to this style. Perhaps that’s why wheat isnt used in DIPAs....Hop resin and leafy, green, bitterness trails off, as moderately sweet malts linger lightly. Moderate, somewhat vacuous carbonation, is forced and not tight enough, while there is light wateriness on the end. Alcohol well-concealed for that level, but it could certainly stand to be less.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Shadey. Copper in color with a huge off white head fades rather quickly. Citrus and pine aroma up front with sweet malt background. As it warms caramel takes over. 8 is borderline as I would like a bigger hop presence in aroma. Flavor much the same. Decent citrus and pine up front, but turns to all sweet malt. Smooth/slightly sticky mouthfeel. I enjoy IIPA’s with a good balance of malt sweetness, this almost gets to be too much though. Can’t have your cake and eat it too I guess. Well done, tough to finish a 22 with the sweetness though.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thin lasting frothy head. Beautiful caramel copper coloring. Malty Vanilla grapefruit. Alcohol is imperceptable in flavor. Slightly malty sweet. Hops are present and sting the palate.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle served in my Duvel tulip.
Pours a crystal clear brilliant amber with a dense creamy resinous head. The aroma is a fabulous balance of citrus and earthy hops and sweet malt. The flavor features a dump truck of hops. Damn. Very aggressively bitter. Citrus and earthy notes, just as the aroma. Sweet malts work through, as does the alcohol. At 11% the alcohol is apparent, but not doesn’t come off as hot. Slick over the tongue. A welcome beer in my glass any day.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bomber] Powerful, dopey citrus aroma, with a clear amber color. Mild grapefruit, pine, a touch of sweetness. Alcohol content is very well hidden, making this extremely drinkable. Finishes dry and bitter. A very high quality IIPA.