badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Original Rating Sept 13, 2004: (Thanks to SDbruboy for this!) Dark amber color with a medium head. Sudden onslaught of hops up front in the aroma and taste. Kind of mellows out after that. It tones down into an actually smooth hops taste with a good citrus zing and malt backbone. Not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting. One of the better balanced IIPAs out there. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate July 17, 2008: Man... been ages since I’ve had this. Ages, and lots of beers. Copper color with a large head Strong citrus aroma right off the bat, then it fades into a kind of grassy-ness. Piney taste. Very resinous. Moderate caramel malt, more of the grass flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Oddly, not too bitter at all. I would call this a pretty solid IPA. A double? No way.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Best before 9-04.Aroma is faint at first?(grainy,milky malt,bit of raison once it warms with some juicy piney hops,a little citrus in there as well)Appearance is a nice orange/golden color,with a decent head/lace.The taste is pretty good,resinous and piney,not really the hop monster it claims to be,though donít get me wrong,itís quite hoppy and malty as well.The palate is really nice and oily and pretty full with a nice enjoyable bitterness that shows up most of the time.Overall this IIPA is a bit overated IMHO but..I will seek out some more of these.Nice dry finish with lots of resin on the toungue.Good stuff.Canít wait till this stuff is available in MD! Just wanted to mention this is now available in MD 3 years later... and also I am enjoying this very fresh imperial out of a 12 oz. bottle. Dig these six packs.The aroma is a mighty fine blast of fresh Hops with some caramel malt for balance. This was brought to me from my good friend Greg and purchaced at Liqour Stop, Harford County.14.99 for a sixer.
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 An average hopped aroma and once sniffed hard i also smell a small background of rubbing alcohol. To me this is borderline of being an IPA vs double IPA. Extremely bittering hop action and hanging more towards the metallic side of things. A notice of citrus like grapefruit is noticeable but nothing compared to the other westcoast stuff out there. Somewhat thin of a body and not as memorable on the palate. Golden copper in appearance and has thin head with decent amount of lacing.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pale orange with a medium thin white head. Aroma is very pungent with hops, could smell it from a distance away. Very bitter with plenty of hops, some malt and caramel too hiding under there. Mouthfeel is great and the hoppy aftertaste gently faded away. I love hoppy beers so thought this was phenomenal, an outstanding brew.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle version purchased from Premier in Buffalo NY. Great IPA, not as hoppy as hop devil but extremely smoot and drinkable with citrus overtones.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew is a damn hop explosion. Wow, great bitterness and amazing hop taste, a really impressive IPA that really makes a summer day great.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orange with a white head. Hop aroma all over the place. Taste is bitter hops, citrus and a little earthy. Very long lasting and enjoyable bitter aftertaste. This one is very thick and sticky on the tongue. A great IIPA.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, sweet, sweet and hoppy... Earthy, chocolate aromas. Sure, yeah, itís hoppy, but I didnít expect it to be so sweet... Clear, pale copper coloured with thin, white head that recedes slowly with some sudsy lacing. Up front malty sweetness is overwhelmed by a tidal wave of aggressive bitterness. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and fine carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks Dorwart!
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear straw coloured, white 1cm head is actually larger than on the regular IPA, but is fully diminishing. Aroma surprises for itís not nearly as intense as itís made out to be. Straight hops hit the nostrils, earth like, citrus like and mostly fuelic. In mouth, flavors are intense, but hard to put words on. Itís very perfumey, somehow leathery, acid, fuelic. Generous alcohol vapours come through. Fine body helps the drinkability a lot with its adequate medium carbonation, but if not thin, itís definitely not full. Miles away from a yulesmith or dreadnaughtís flexibility. Mostly pure hoppiness and I found nothing to mention about the malt although thereís a considerable bill felt.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of slightly piney hops with caramel. Strong piney and spicy hops flavor with caramel. Strong bitter finish,medium body. A good assertive beer but not excellent.