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. Itís 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 wasnít bad. Which means it wasnít really good either. I was expecting serious hops for a IIPA but it didnít deliver. I think a revisit might be in order in a few months to get a better opinion of what this is about.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium (see through) amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and caramel. Tastes of initially caramel that gives way to the hops (citrus and a little spiciness). Alcohol content hidden.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed peachy orange, lasting creamy white head. Intense hoppy nose of apricot, mango, evergreen, and tangerine, with faint floral, toffee, and caramel notes. Razor sharp bitterness up front with a citric green hop charge, some earthy notes throughout, and a very soft sweet malt backbone. Scales tip to the hop side no doubt. Full bodied, soft carbonation, very dry, bitter finish. If you dig the hops, find this brew now. Very nice...
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Orange with a small white head. Poor aroma for a IIPA. Not enough malt. Kinda watery. Hides the alcohol well.
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle - really really good. Crisp with a bright and full aftertaste. At 9.5% this stuff will kick ya in the shorts! Not as hoppy/bitter as a few others I have sampled. Seems the more IPA I have I want them more and more hoppy/bitter.
chimaylover (4) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of "THE" best IPAís that iíve had in a long time. I normally get burned out on an ipa that i like, the taste is usually hit/miss. But not this! Itís hard to come by and available only in 4 packs. If you come upon it, buy it!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Bockeyhorsy. For once, a CA IIPA that is not in a fricking bomber! Yes, I am a fan of 12oz bottles, because I like to drink during the week, and sample more than 1 beer in a sitting. Pours orange, with little head and light carbonation. Nice aroma of floral hops (pine) and caramel. Flavor is hoppy with not much malt to balance it out. But the hop profile does not bite, or feel too resiny, so I donít really donít think it needs more of a malt profile. Texture is a tad watery. Finish is dry, grassy, and bitter. Bitterness lingers nicely. Very interesting IIPA. Sort of like the texture of an english bitter zapped with an american west coast hop profile.