Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a thick murky hop aroma. Strong hop flavour, and bitter but not that bitter. Thereís better flavour in their regular IPA.
OldMrCrow (2102) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 From a 22oz bottle.
Pours an almost-clear golden amber with a generous head. This beer has a great big hop-and-grapefruit nose that already starts to bite even before the first sip. The palate is rich and even a bit sticky --- but no way offensively so. The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops with pine resin and citrus peel. The finish is a long and lovely bitter that keeps the mouth watering for more.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 Bottle - GBBF 2005. A golden coloured beer which pours with a floaty white head. The aroma was good piney hops but not the extreme grapefruit character Iím looking for. The taste and the body are good with nice chewy sticky hops. Slightly on the sweet side. Nowhere near as hoppy as I expected, think it needed chilling a bit more, but a really good (just not outstanding) beer. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 4.1 Average becomes 3.9
harrisoni (14710) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Bottle at GBBF
Thanks to maeib for this. Amber colour. White chocolate flavours, lovely hops, superb balance, good flavour, hoppy finish. Excellent. Just so full of flavour balance and quality. This stayed on the table for some time and I kept tasting it just to make sure I wasnít dreaming. 4.4/5.0
Re-rate Cask gravity at GBBF 2007. OK, so in the bottle 2 years ago I loved it. In cask? Aroma is terrific, itís got the body to carry it and then this mouth ripping hop on finish. For a hophead itís brilliant. Still a good beer. Yeah.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderfully different aroma of cut grasses and sour grapefruit. Nice head for an IPA. It is definitely very, very hoppy and very bitter. Even though it has such a high rating it definitely can be an acquired taste. Little bit of a sour aftertaste. Personally, I prefer Russian Riverís Pliny The Elder double IPA to this one. But if you love hops, this is like having an entire glass-ful!
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was a bronzed amber with some wisps of off-white head. Fantastic nose... especially as it warmed... chock fulla grapefruit & citrus hops, as well as an nice sweet caramelly malt factor. Body was not as heavy as I anticipated... but thatís all good. Flavor was dominated by hoppy bitterness, with a respectable amount of malty goodness to back it up. Slightly sticky on the long-lasting grapefruity finish. Mmm mmm good!
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle at Great British Beer Festival] Bam! A huge hit of citrusy hops as soon as your nose gets within about a foot of the glass - definitely an indicator of things to come! Pours a clear amber-gold with a loose white head.
When it touches your tongue, youíre blasted with hops and citrus, which gives way to a lingering sweet, tangy hoppiness. Needless to say, there is a *long* dry aftertaste waiting for you.
The words "import", "UK" and "right now" spring to mind. Are you listening, Sainsburys?
Beaver (1413) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange with a huge fluffy head that sticks around.
The aroma is flowery, grassy hops with some citrus, pepper, banana, cloves and a little toasted malt.
The flavor is citrus and pepper followed quickly by a big floral hop bitterness that lingers long and strong in the sticky aftertaste. Itís medium bodied and kind of light on the carbonation.
A good DIPA, but pretty one-dimensional. It has some of the most extreme hop bitterness Iíve had in a beer. It tames some as it warms.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Usually I describe the color of the beer in the beginning, which I usually note first when taking notes. However, this guy was different. It was such a hop blast from the bottle, that I noted the aroma first. Huge insane citrusy hop aroma. Also noted that it was a sort of orange amber color. Somehwat malty, but nearly enough to balance the hops, which is the point. But instead of just being a one-dimensional hop-juice, the hops have enough malt backing to make it crazy overboard without being undrinkable. Some alcohol burn present. Insane bitter finish, and it lingers. Kinda unfair to call this an IIPA - it doesnít really compare to other IIPAs in style which typically have a more malty feel. Itís more in a category by itself, seems to me.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lighter golden orange with an average off white head that slightly laces the glass. Lightly citrus aroma, picked up some alcohol also. This is very heavy on the hops as expected. Somewhat smooth up front with lots of pine at hte end. Another solid imperial IPA, maybe not as well balanced as some of the others Iíve had, but still great.