Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark amber. Woody, oxidized hops in the nose. Big chewy flavour, herbal, minty hop notes. Caramel, lots of alcohol. Quite a bit of bitterness and residual sweetness. A big bag of intense.
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral, pine and citrus in the aroma. Orangy amber color. Very little head, but lots of tiny bubbles. Seems to start with grapefruit, then some malty sweetness, then on to pineness. That evergreen aroma may be a little more cedar than pine. Certainly smells well. The high alcohol tends to dominate the finish. Really excellent.
Tmoney99 (13077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy caramel malt and sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy smooth balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.This is a standout beer.
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 (9/27/06, 22oz bottle) Crystal clear deep amber body topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, herbal, caramel, peach, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, peach syrup, light alcohol, cane sugar. Alcohol is held well by the resiny, sticky full body.
(3/5/08, 22oz bottle) For some reason I saved a bottle, then of course forgot about it. Tonight when I opened it, it was a gusher and a boozy mess. Iím not going to knock my score down, because this isnít something that makes much sense to age. All the same, itís about a 2.4 now, a waste of money to have saved it.
Ratman197 (12686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pourede a clesr coppeer with a lasting amber head. Aromas of earthiness, carmel, pine, grassiness and some herbal notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, pepper, sweet malt, hint of pine and light orange with a warming lingering bitter finish. Alcohol was very obvious. Much, much better than Ruination.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of fresh citrus (orange, pink grapefruit, lemon). Flavor of bready malt, caramel, and hops. Fairly average compared to other IIPAs.
Christian (12554) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a yellowish, off-white head. Grapefruit, peach, apricot and syrup in the aroma. Alcohol is very obvious in the very sweet flavour, much hop flavour and of course, bitterness too. When it comes to sweet peachy IIPAs, I prefer the Maharaja
jcwattsrugger (11902) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap -pours a light tan head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel apple, hint of spice. Taste is medium malt-caramel, apple (25% crystal malt? Or less with the one year of aging), secondary spicy hops. Smooth, mellow.
thewolf (11881) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ tasting at my place.
[thank you, boutip!]
Pours a hazy amber with a medium frothy white head. Aroma is a soapy hops, and lots of flowers, caramel and general freshness. Nice, creaminess to the mouthfeel. Flavour is hoppy with little caramel background but not too much at all. Peach, flowers and hops hops hops. Nice!
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased and consumed at Gunnison Brewery. Pours sparkling amber with a small, rocky, off-white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, toasted grain), heavy hops (perfume, pine), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.