FlacoAlto (3506) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a hazy orange copper color, and is topped by a thin Thick aromas of malt and alcohol waft from my glass as I pour this beer. The color is reddish copper and it is topped by a thin, wan, tan head. The aroma has a sort of aged malt and hop note to it. There are notes of earthy pine-like hops and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is a sharp, prickly, refreshing blast of hoppy bitterness, right from the get go. This beer has lots of notes of pine, which compliments the sharp biting nature of this beer. There is also some malty balance here; the beer has a light malty sweetness that reminds me of caramel, and toasted fresh bread crust. This beer starts to pick up a bit of sweetness to it, as it warms up, that seems to accentuate and actually bring out some of the citrusy notes from the hops. This definitely leans more towards the sharp, bitter, astringent side of the double IPA spectrum, it is quite tasty in its abrasiveness, but is missing a lot of flavor and finesse found in the better versions of the style.
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HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pow! This beer uses your nose as a punching bag; it is screaming with hops. It pours a brilliant orange color with a small lacing white head and a few small bubbles coming to the surface. Lots of citusy hops in the nose. Flavor is all sweet malt up front with a citrus/wood hop flavor after awhile. Backend bitterness is tame but present. This beer reminds me of a 3F product.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich amber color with a medium white head and nice lacing. Smells hoppy and malty with pine and honey smells to it. Not nearly as hoppy as most Imperial IPAs but very VERY smooth for how much alcohol it has in it. Taste is just like it smells and not terribly strong tasting but very nice.
fly (1370) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Num, yum, umhum and then some. This beast is IT. MrDick say he likes it better on tap than in bottle, but what the hell would I know as this was sampled with him at Toronado. An absolute delight.
Odeed (1752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
so i picked this up today when i ran over to the coast to get some papers signed for work.i figure the speakeasy guys could make a tasty i2pa.well,here goes the rating.pours a semi-murky orange with a nice 1/4 white head.my nose picked up perfume,oranges,and loads of "hop bite".in fact i got a little tickle with the first wiff.first sip was a mix of flowers,citrus,earth,and carbonation.its very tastey but missing a bit of body and a little watery in the aftertaste deparment.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Rose and Raindrop. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma of light grapefruit and some grass. Flavor is mostly grapefruit/citrus and some pine too. It’s missing something...could use more malt character. Bitter finish. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation - a bit thinner than I was expecting.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out a very clear amber color with a somewhat fleeting off-white head that fades to a ring. Nice aroma of floral and citric hops mixed nicely with some sweet caramel. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Hop bitterness coats the tongue and palate but is balanced well against the malt bill. Alcohol is hidden nicely. LIngering bitterness refuses to fade. Nicely done.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another big thank you to beerguy101 for supplying a break away from the Swill Fest on an otherwise uneventful beer night. This beer pours a clear ambery color with relatively no head and little lacing. The aroma is orangey, HEAVILY piney, citrusy, malty and predominantly grassy. The mouthfeel is full and seriously tangy with definite alcohol tinglies throughout. Despite being 9.5% though, I will admit they hid it exceptionally well. Mildly carbonated beer with some mid-sip citrusyness folowed by a dry tangy finish, with an alcoholic bite. Another relatively simple beer but nonetheless solid.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap this pours a clear orange with a smooth white head. Very floral citrus hop aroma, pine and grapefruit are there. This was a lighter bodied IIPA withought a lot of sweetness up front, more focused on a big floral hop finish with lots of bitterness. I wish this had a bit more sweetness up front to cut some of the bitterness in the finish.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Had on tap at the Toronado. Overall, a good attempt at the Double IPA style, but Hercules and 90 Minute are well ahead of this one. Pours a light yellow-orange with a mostly whitish head. The "I’m-sticking-my-head-into-a-bag-of-fresh-hop aroma is simply not there. The taste is very good and well-rounded and finshes smooth with no undue bitterness. Mouthfeel is good as well. Overall, a good beer (and a very good brewery), but not in the upper eschelons of the style.