krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a cloudy pour with a lot of froth, like machine-washing a bushel of peaches-- itís a thick fruity compote with enough suds to bathe a buffalo. there are dramatic slashes of lace sagging downward across the glass like the aftermath of a great dog fight between the luftwaffe and royal air force. aroma features both the coarse notes of cardboard and the delicate floral notes of basmati rice-- along with soap, wet lumber and pineapple husk. to my senses there is little discernable alcohol to tempt or taunt, but a strong bitterness permeates the simple malts, with a creamy feel and brisk carbonation. some orange sherbert sweetness confers diplomatically with lemon-bar, tea-like bitterness.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I preferred Big Daddy to Double Daddy. Malty aroma with lots of hops. Doesnít jump out as a Double. Dark amber. Thin head. Tastes like a well balanced dry hopped IPA. Canít believe the alcohol percentage. Long lite hop finish is surprising in its long duration. A gentle giant.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden color with a faint head. Light carbonation. Very light lacing. Nice citrus, floral hop aroma. Flavor has a lot of hops with some light, sweet malt background. Very smooth finish. No alcohol warming. Medium body. A very nice beer.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím surprised by the 9.5% abv. Itís really well hidden. Pouring a pale copper body with a slender white head, This has a sweet caramel aroma neatly hopped up with grapefruit, pine, and grassy scents. Itís somewhat light-bodied for the style, but this hopheadís not complaining. The sturdy caramel backbone nearly breaks under the strain of supporting a hefty NW hop bitterness. Not overwhelming, but pleasingly bitter for someone who doesnít mind having his lips peel off when drinking ale. If it wasnít for the alcohol content, this would make a good sessionable IIPA.
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harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a rocking IIPA! What else is there to say? Lighter and not as complex as others, but you could easily sit around and drink this one all night, and not feel overwhelmed on the palate. Just the right amount of spicy piney hops, with a honey sweet malt character. Tasty
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 (Bottle, Oliver twist - Stockholm, may 2006)
Pale beer with a light, quickly decreasing head.
Aroma of hops and sweet, crushed tomatoes. Malty and a bit stale. Lack of freshness, yeasty.
The flavour is bitter and flowery, a not so complex american DIPA. Medium body.
Nice bottle, though.
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled) Slightly hazy golden color with a smallish, foamy head. Very lemony-grassy-hoppy, barley-wineous aroma with a Belgian strong ale feel. Grainy-malty, nicely grassy-hoppy flavor. Hides the ABV completely, very easy to drink. Medium to full-bodied, slicky and slightly astringent palate with quite low carbonation. A very enjoyable and balanced double IPA. Not extremely hoppy for the style, but balance is the key here.
BeerandBlues2 (11674) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz bottle courtesy of Naven. Pours bronze, gold with a small white head that goes edgy. Aroma is fruity hops, malt (meal, straw), yeast (mold) and grassy, sour notes. Not near as aromatic as other Imperial IPAs I have had. Moderately bitter, medium acidity, creamy, buttery bready malt flavor, dry finish, slight indication of alcohol presence. Full bodied, warm, slightly dry palate but yet creamy overall.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold appearance - nose slightly hoppy, chocolate, and mint- nice hops, bitter, grassy, and chalky taste Ė medium body- bitter aftertastes
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had this in 12 oz bottles, as well as on tap at the Toronado: Both times, I have enjoyed this beer, but was not overwhelmed. Despite the name, and all the warnings on the label, this one is not as hoppy as one would think. I guess thats where my disappointment lies. Itís like getting into a fight with the biggest bully in school.......youíre crapping your pants.....only to find out heís a big ol pansy.
Not bad, just a little off.