ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 XBF05 draught. Vibrant yellow, with some light orange tints, big white head and a fruity, leafy, and slightly earthy aroma of pine, citrus, and alcohol esters. Very bitter immediately, but has a very good body on it, which helps add texture and some soft, fruity, almost creamy honey notes. But the powerful hops take over and bite at the palate towards the end, cautioning you for the swallow. And as I swallow, there is a burning sensation and huge bitterness. Another unbalanced Double IPA, though this one has plenty of malt and a good body, just way too much hops. I guess thatís the style though. What ever happened to brewing a beer like Yulesmith or 90 minute? Those are wonderfully balanced Double IPAs (at least 90 minute used to be). Oh well. Full body, engaging mouthfeel, almost like it is from a cask. Stoudtís does a great job brewing a high quality beer, this one just isnt my thing.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a cleat coppery color. Aroma of cascade hops with resinous hops. Great flavor of cascade hops with resinous hops, caramel and a lasting bitter finish. Light to medium body, liquorous texture.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a really bitter IPA. I have never been a fan of IPAs, but I enjoy tasting different beers. The alcohol was very present and the flavor was beyond bitter. The aroma was also very hoppy.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of over-ripe fruit, bananas in particular, citrusy hops, pale malt, and potent (almost burning) alcohol. Golden-orangish color, wispy white head. Very nice fruity hop flavor, notes of orange peel and pale malt, peppery alcohol flavor is noticeable but subdued, solid bitterness. Medium-full body, very slight alcohol warming in the chest. Great hop flavor, good balance, I would never guess this was 10% ABV. Not the best of the style, but very well done.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
XBF05: Clear orange with a huge creamy white head, big pine and citrus aroma, full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel, starts and ends very bitter with a burning ending.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Extreme beer fest. Good nose. Citrusy, vanilla, ABV. Clean copper color. Bitter flavors, grapefruit/pinneapple. vanilla, like the kind for cooking. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel. Brash bitter finsh. Abv makes it harsh and loses a point or two for it. Very enjoyable otherwise. Like to revisit someday.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange gold color. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is pineapple, apricots and piney hops. A medium to full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity (Apricots, pineapple and orange) and sweet. Hops are floral and grapefruity. A big hoppy and malty imperial IPA. Nicely balanced beer, It has a substantial alcohol presence. Nice beer, perhaps a little sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks DocLock for this one. Pours very very cloudy dark golden with a thin off-white head and a ton of floating, swirling chunks. Aroma is fresh and hoppy with a touch of sweet carame maltsl. Flavor is juicy hops and resiny flavored. Body has a nice sweet balance to it. The finish is nice and dry, piney and sticky without much of the nearly 11% alcohol detectable. Very nice!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a thick light khaki head and good lacing. Very hoppy and sweet aroma with hints of honey, vanilla and alcohol. Intense hoppy flavor but there was plenty of malt to balance it pretty well. More sweetness than I expected with more honey appearing at the back of the toungue. Alcohol not all that well hidden but not unpleasantlt powerful either. Finish was very long and satisfying with obvious dry hop bitterness. May seem odd, but at times I felt as though I was drinking a cross between a good IPA and a barley wine. Thankfully Stoudtís is is a local brew so I can count on getting plenty more.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Immediate aroma of pine trees! ( hops). The bottle can from Richlikebeer. Thanxs a ton! Poured Dark cloudy amber, nice big head with plenty of fizz. This IS smooth and fragrant IPA. There is a nice citris/grapefruit back bone to this. For an IPA, this is smooth and easy, quenching, refreshing, and to my liking. I owe Rich for the first IPA (double even) That I really enjoy!