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 I’m 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
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 I tasted this alongside their regular IPA and to be fair I really can’t see a great deal of difference between the brews. Similar orange coloured beer with a white head. Aroma shows pine, grapefruit, other citrus, caramel and cookie dough malts. A bit more bitterness than the IPA but not as much as I expected. Some alcohol starts to sneak in at the end of this one. Less balanced than the IPA.
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden brown with a big off-white head. Aromas are fairly light malts with earthy dry pine and petrol fume-like alcohol vapours. Flavours are fruity with caramel. Very prickly hops, dry, bitter and mouth numbing in its alcohol. Too strong to drink too many for sure. Almost overbearing.
Meilby (8514) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
[Thanks to yngwie] Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of barley, caramel and hops. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
crossovert (8467) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle has a nice biography of the beer and some nice artwork, says 100+ IBU’s, oh boy, here we go.
Poured from a bomber into an oversize wine glass. Nice darkish amber color, its a really clear brew, not many bubbles.
Scent of piney, citrusey hops, the smell is all about the hops, its rather refreshing too.
"The moment after the first swallow, all other food and drink items become substantially more bland than they were just seconds before." Not really but thsi brew has a great taste, the bitterness is up there but beyond it its hop bliss. Not alot of malt here. Just sucking on that bottle with a little beer in the bottom gives you the full hop flavor.
This stuff goes down like candy water though, i think i could easily down a 6pack of bombers. Overall not the beas DIPA but a highly, highly worthy one.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 so it is brutish, western, astringent, tea-like, rough and husky, sweet. scrolling.
shrubber85 (8301) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Bottle. Pineapple orange aroma primarily. Amber with small head. Sweet pineapple juice flavor initiallly that is quickly overwhelmed by piney hops flavor. Sweet, fruity and hoppy
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 I tried a new dentist the other day...Highly recommended by hopsrus...With his translucent bronze syringe, he gently novocained my lips with a new conifer honey syrup solution mixed with some kind of alcohol...A numbing dry sand feel also lingered behind the huge citrusy pine trees as my fears went aloft...I like this new technology...
DocLock (8239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Gorgeous, embossed bottle with a gargoyle on the front. Pours deep straw yellow, with medium head. Aroma is very strong hops and citrus. First taste is SUPER hoppy. Finish is smooth and somewhat tart, with hops and lemon all the way down. Great beer. The bottle states "By the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews". I agree. Stone makes innovative, strong beers. If I may use Stone-type language, "This beer will tie your hands behind your back, and forcible pound tons of hops down your palate, and then it will defile your girlfriend!". A wonderful beer. Hopheads rejoice, all others need not apply.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 2008-09-05. Hazy dark orange body with a small white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, resin and citrus, lemon and orange. Flavour is quite bitter, resin and orange hops, but mostly bitterness. Average plus palate suits the beer nicely. (3+) Solid but a bit rough at times. 8/3+/8/3+/16 - 3.8 Bottle from Skagway Liquor Store.
July 2004. Golden amber bodied with a small fluffy white head. MASSIVE hop aroma with notes of green hop pellets and some more subtle notes of pine. Flavour builds in intensity as the hops wear down your palate. This is all about the hoppy bitterness and it lingers on the tongue for a goodly long time. Surprisingly pleasant kick in the pants. A bit one dimensional but that is sort of the point here. Callie brought this back for me from Cali. Hehe. 9/3/8/3/15 - 3.9