ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light brown in color, with a big hop floral aroma. malty and pretty balance in taste. something ive been wanting to try for a long time, glad i finally got to. these beers are pretty good, hope they eventually make it this far east.
ElGaucho (2222) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful, perfecl balanced, fruity, hoppy aroma. Slightly hazy dark gold in color with an off-white head. Excellent lace. Beautiful, perfect appearance with fine bubble carbonation. Initial mouthfeel is a little unbalanced in favor of bitterness. A little too thin and airy for a IIPA. Could use more malt backbone and a touch more sweetness for balance. Pretty tasty and not "knock you on your ass" bitter as some IIPA’s I’ve had are.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Man,I sure hope that the nose on this is no barometer of what is in store as all I am getting from this is syrupy malts. Maybe it is the bottle as everyone else seems to have had a different opinion. It is plenty bitter and that is good as I was expecting plain malt. Still,for the style I am very disappointed.
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Original Rate, 12/16/05. Copper color with a thin color. Citrus and pine aroma. Taste is a fine hit of pine, but the body is pretty watery and lacks the malt/hops oomph to make it a good IIPA. Still tasty. 7-3-7-3-14 Re-Rate. Thanks to Skyview for bringing this so I could try it again. Much the same, but the taste is much improved. It has the same burst of citrus and pine the aroma suggests and the body doesn’t seem as watery. Two points higher overall.
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear orange with a small diminishing white head. Big aroma of fresh citrus hops followed by malt -- it smells awesome. Flavour is surprisingly smooth, I was expecting a big kick of hops and alcohol but this is scarily drinkable -- hops and malt are perfectly balanced. Medium bodied. A fantastic beer!
Gorbalev (2932) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy. Light orange, small white head. Strong citrus hop aroma - formidable, but no sign of alcohol. Nice balanced taste - not really overpowering hops or alcohol - really balanced and dangerously drinkable. Have they created a new style, the session double IPA? Yikes. Perfect medium body. A stronger, maltier Single Big Daddy. I really enjoyed this.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, purchased in a 4-pack from BevMo. Pours clear light orange with a small off-white head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is dominated by piney and grapefruit hops along with a slightly dusty characteristic. Flavor is also dominated by the hops, again the dusty, grapefruit variety with pine and spruce as well, some malt sweetness is also noticible, but barely, along with a slight alcohol burn. Medium body, gentle smooth carbonation and deceptively easy to drink considering the abv. Good, but somewhat one-dimensional.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles courtesy of Wohlfs and MrDick. Pours copper with little head. Lots of citrus in aroma, but more funky than hoppy if that makes sense. Initial flavor is all caramel malt with some bitter citrus/ grapefruit in the finish. Very astringent/metallic like.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Golden orange beer thick white head. Great fresh hop aroma. Cascades dominate but there’s also some tropical fruit and a touch of pine and spice. Flavour is well-balanced with a spicy and citrusy hop flavour, a bit of grapefruit and light crystal malt sweetness. Tingly hop resins and alcohol give it a cooling feeling in the mouth. Lingering hoppiness keeps it refreshing. Very drinkable.
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with a large off-white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Rich malty flavor with hops and caramel.