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.
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.
Ughsmash (7181) - 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!
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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Translucent amber bronze in color with some wisps on top serving as a minor head. Holy hop brigade! Whew. Here we go... Sweet nectarine, apricot and a grapefruit-mango sock-‘em-dead punch line the nose. Of course it’s hops forward, but the sweet sugary wafts emanating from it tear at the heartstrings. Oily intuition promotes a challenging, boisterous flavor. Mango fruit salad, nectarine and orange rind are absolutely authoritative. Bitter brigade professes the very definition of an imperial IPA. Orange powder, grapefruit rind and smooth butterscotch. Titillating, oozy palate transcendence takes hold and presses its eccentricity upon any taste bud up for the challenge. Quite an arid, cleanly, painstakingly bitter performance, reaffirmed once more in the finish. What a treat!
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.
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!
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma jumps out of the glass. Sweet juicy clementine oranges. Pineapple, peaches, awesome. The beer is copper colored. The flavor is juicy, mouth watering hops. Citrusy and hoppy. Light chalky palate due to the extreme amount of hops.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, this is juicy for sure, busting with grapefruit and oily pine sap goodness. Countered (but not seamlessly at all) with a great sugary malt dose. Heavy. Feels the ABV soon, if you get my drift. I like the hop component but was left wanting a bit more grasssy touch, and the malt was clingy even while a long bitter finish was wonderful. So I’m ambivalent a bit about this one. Like gravy to potatoes, Luke to Darth Vader, I’m a suped-up suckah and I’ll see you all later.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Fiery amber, large soft light beige head, long lasting, enjoyable lacing, light carbonation. Sweet pine like aroma, slight citrus rind, otherwise definitely not hoppy like other examples. It even seems a bit candyish in its sweetness. Sweet malty goodness to start, bitterness is there but it is quite low. Citrus and pine like sweetness hold this one together very nicely. Smooth... amazingly smooth on the tongue. Clean, I should also mention that this sucker has no residuals that linger. This is a good example of why I love this style! 11% ABV?!?! You gotta be kidding me. Deceptively dangerous in its abilities. Coaxes you to drink more and more. Amazingly well balanced and juicy. Body and mouthfeel are as well rounded and full as they come. Viscous, coating the tongue well. While the aroma is fairly simple, the flavor and palate of this beer are much more complex. Amazingly easy to drink, with only a light hop bitterness that lingers long after the finish. This beer is deserving of being in the Top 50 as far as I am concerned. A HUGE thanks to my main man Dan for sending me a couple bottles of this. The guys at Hard Liver 2006 really really enjoyed this one. When that crowd actually likes a beer, its deserving of a crown. WOW!!!