jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2016 2005 Bottle.Great smell. Very pleasant with lot?s of hops sensation. A good crisp taste that is very californian(not that it?s bad but meaning this is their style.). Leaves a good taste on the mouth. Can not taste the 9.5 %, in fact if I wouldn?t have known I would have thought that this was just a typical IPA.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head, little lacing. Molasses nose rife with dried fruit. Malt flavor would be downright cocoa/mocha if it werenít for the hop bitterness that mellows it out. There is some kind of burnt flavor in there too. Nose is grassy but less malty than the flavor reflects. Crystal clear copper liquid in the glass as far as appearance goes. Not much in the way of bubbles. Finish is dried fruit and a little astringent from the hops I guess. A very malty IIPA. As a resident of SoCal, this is very different from SoCal IIPAs that I am used to. More like an East Coast interpretation of a San Diego IIPA. Not that SD has the market cornered or anything, but this is not what I usually expect from a CA born-and-bred IIPA.
Bartzilla (608) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoís your daddy? Double Daddy, thatís who. And donít cross him or youíll be stumbling around like you got smacked upside the head with a mummified deer leg. Thick, rich, hop explosion with a shivering malt backbone. This is the kind of beer that I could drink all night... at least until I shot off my mouth and some dude puts me down for the count. Which is likely to happen if I had the opportunity to drink this all night. Iím almost glad I donít have that chance. Well, at that price and itís limited appearances down here in San Diego, I think Iím safe. For now.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle thanks to Tever. Clear amber/orange color with a good sized dense head that left nice lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma with some caramel sweetness. Reading other reviews, many people seem to think the alcohol is well hidden. The first thing I noticed when I took a sip was the alcohol, not that it is a bad thing. Mildly sweet caramel malt flavor along with a bitter hop finish. A bit astringent.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - thanks zug4abby - Aroma of sweet chewy hops with carmel malt backing it up. Pours transparent brown/orange with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Interestingly balanced for 9.5% and that alcohol is hidden very well. Palate is clean and tart. Easy drinking (aka dangerous) high ABV brew and very tasty.
oh6gdx (24903) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. While waiting for the bus I ran back a while to Oliver Twist. Orange, hazy colour with small white head. Aroma is strongly hopped, and slightly acidic. Flavour is hopped (acidic) and also the alcohol shows, but balances the bitterness up a bit. Decent Imperial IPA.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Draught at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel
Pleasant copper-amber liquid with a moderate off-white head. Surprisingly malty aroma. Strong citric and grassy hop aroma. Large hop bitterness with a strong malt counter-balance. Well carbonated.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours bright copper with creamy white head. The aroma has a ton of caramel, pine sap, and wildflowers. There are also wafts of cookie dough and tangerine. The flavor is, well, bitter. But it starts out with tangerine and a little bit of malt before the heavy pinelike hops set in. Then itís piney and citric hops all the way, with just a bit of a sour edge to it. The finish is surprisingly clean, considering, and the bitterness doesnít linger for very long. A smooth quaff.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Riased stakes, well it smells citrus-malty like many "single" ipas, but it does have a lot of flavor. the malt-hop balance is bitter grapefruit most of the way, with a slight hint of tin. Itís a pretty orange amber but loses a point in my book for having no head. the palate is full, andit sticks to the roof of your mouth, has a substantial grapefruit finish. All in all, pretty good stuff, Iíd be happy to have lots of this though I can find a few better ones. The alcohol verges towards the hot on some sips. It is not long before this goes to the head.