Nero55 (376) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Magic City Brewfest. Dark copper with a small head. Strong aroma of citrus hops. Medium body with nice malt backbone balanced by citrus hops and a bitter hop finish.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to Scott! Pours a translucent copper with thin white head that leaves webby lacing. Aroma is heavy on the caramel and booze, then a strong resinous hop, piney and intense. Taste is less intense, more malty than hoppy but the same notes, and a super bitter finish. It’s intense, but not sure how good.
Lupulucid (185) - - JUL 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is balanced on three fronts: rich malt, hops and gravity. The malt does not bring obtrusive sweetness but reigns in the hops a bit. Although hops have much flavor, bitterness is not trivial. I might like this beer’s little brother, Monkeynaut, a bit more when its hops are fresh but this is awesome too.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber Bottle: Pours a mild hazy copper with a thin off-white head. The citrusy hop aroma has hints of orange peel, pine with floral and earthy notes. Malty hop flavor has a bite of pine bitterness with earthy tones and a tongue buckler smooth finish. An enjoyable hop fix!
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, nice head., plus a bonus appearance point for the cool label. Smells like dark fruits like raisin and prune mixed with floral, citrusy hops. Nice dry, hoppy flavors mixed with a robust, earthy malt base. Tasty...
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Clear darkish copper with a small covering of creamy bubbles. Aroma of earthy citrus, sugary molasses and resin. Tastes of sourish orange toffee, tea leaf, molasses, alcohol, and woody resin. Light-medium body is dry, has low-average carbonation, and shows a touch of the abv
jbrana (334) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an outstanding imperial IPA that has a perfect balance of citrus, pine, and resin flavor from thr hops with a nice sweet malt backbone that has flavors of candied orange, golden raisins, and slight caramel. Has overall flavors of pineapple, mango, orange, witj some nice floral notes. Very good.
Itzjerm (989) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 Re rate after a few taste:
It is a bit harsh. But nice and hoppy. Coudl have a bit more volume... only a deduction of -.2 still awesome!
Home run guys an awesome double. Massive hop load with flavor similar to monkey but more intense. Great beer to enjoy. Not for the rookie not for the southern advanced. For the hop head. Not the hop head at heart. It is bitter it is intense. Top notch for sure. Amazing Nice mouth feel and nice head that lingers. I can’t agree it is well balanced, but enjoyable. I think the review below this one hit it on the head.
horto008 (154) - Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rocket City Brewfest 2011. An IPA worthy of the Imperial title. Deep golden color, relatively clear for the style. Hop overload with significant bitterness. Citrus and pine with orange peel in the mix. Don’t think the balance was quite there but as a hopped up beer, it delivered. If you want refined, stick to Monkeynaut. If you want anger in a bottle, Gorillanaut provides it.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at the 2nd Annual Rocket City Brewfest. Amber with an off-white head that settled to a ring. Nice pine and caramel aroma. The flavor found the same pine and caramel with floral and a light roast present. Medium body with a mild bitterness.