Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good, not over the top IIPA. Good piney aroma that will open sinuses. Taste is full with alcolhol, grapefruit, and big time west coast hops.
omhper (20750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Hazy amber, small head. Grapefruity nose with notes of peach. Sweetish with bold, rounded mouthfeel. Aromawise it os rather restrained, but the bitterness is powerful.
Arayaga2 (1880) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Good aroma, slightly above average coppery color, and reasonable flavor for an IPA. For an IPA, not a double IPA, in which case, it’s average, and lacking in the genre’s intensity. $3/12oz
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Tropical fruits and newly cut grass in aroma. A bit lactic taste, but not too much. Big refreshing bitterness.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This double IPA was very smooth. It was very enjoyable, the high abv level was faint, hard to believe it’s 9.5%. Cirtus aromas, this beer is loaded with hops. Overall delicious. Instant hop fix.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden yellow pour with decent lacing head. Large grapefruit rind and citrus aroma, with some amounts of sweet caramel. More huge hop flavors - grapefruit rindy, decently balanced with sweet caramel hops. Alcohol was decently hidden and the beer was warming.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent and magnifying copper orange in color with an admirable, super creamy, mossy white head and resplendent snow blasted lacing. Aroma could go either way. Grapefruit skin, orange rind, pineapple laden fruit salad, orange toffee and some husky qualities. Tasty, yet seemingly easy going flavor profile. Hop bitterness resounds most in its wake, along with a signal to its alcohol presence. Spicy orange zest and caramel concoction. Palate pinching, as papaya and grapefruit - both freshly squeezed - seep into the flavor realm. Spritsy, and mildly oily and bitter on the backend. Sweetness is conspicuous early on, but levels out mid-sip and gains momentum. Very clean chafe in the finish, pulling out papaya and orange pulp amidst toffee buttercream. Thanks for the bottle, Styles!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs with a clear, deep golden body, topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s full of hops with notes of pine and grapefruit as well as an underlying malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Full bodied and smooth.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Light golden color with a fine, creamy head. Begins with vibrant fresh hops in the aroma then follows with notes of fruit, earth, citrus and pine bark which round out an overall darker hops profile. Less hops flavor than I expected from the aroma and for a double IPA. Has some firm bitterness but is not much hoppier than a standard CA IPA. Light mouthfeel with well-balanced alcohol. Quite a good beer but not an extreme double IPA.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While the beer had oxidized somewhat, it still wasn’t bad. Which means it wasn’t really good either. I was expecting serious hops for a IIPA but it didn’t deliver. I think a revisit might be in order in a few months to get a better opinion of what this is about.