NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 I got really excited when they switched over the tap at Kumaís in Chicago from Bender to Furious. Distinct C-hop aroma that really carried through into the bitterness of this beer. I knew it was bitter, but never would have guessed around a 100. Deep rich amber color and very nice malt/hop ratio. Very drinkable and nice.
Update - Cask at Map Room. This beer is unreal on cask with an absurd piney hop character and super fresh tasting. Definitely one of the best cask beers Iíve ever had.
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Thanks a ton tytoanderso. Pours a rich ruddy orange amber with a thick two finger creamy light orange head. The aroma was thick citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit, sweet malts, pine, spicy hops. The flavor is full and hoppy, citrusy, waxy, sweet caramel, piney and spicy. The mouthfeel has no carbonation, weird it had plenty in the pour. Waxy finish.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was dark amber/orange. The head was creamy, thick, frothy, off-white, and laced. The aroma was citris, apricot, pine, spicey, and slight aged fruit. The flavor was pice, citris, waxy/bitter, and apricot. The palate was average. The finish was waxy. I was surprised that this was an ipa and not a double. The palate was really the only thing that seemed like a typical ipa characterisitc.
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can via a trade with jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! Luscious, rich hoppy aroma, strong in caramel and a little less muddled than what normally falls into íAmerican Strong Aleí on this site. Big on pine with a little woody citrus. Deep, dirty copper body with a twinge of amber and a huge, lacing, gorgeous rocky beige head. Taste is very dry and deeply bitter - but the kind of bready, redeeming bitterness that keeps me coming back for more, rather than the harsh, aggressive kind. Medium body and, again, full of bread/pine-soaked dryness and a certain earthy, rooty quality. Awesome.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The second i smell or taste this beer i can tell its an IPA (i donít like IPAís). I like hops, but not like this, its just liquid hops. I know there are lots of beer enthusists who love this and can really appreciate the very bitter, dry, piney cleaning product, flowery hop overloaded taste, but not me. I just canít sit back and enjoy it like i want to with a beer. I still will give it good ratings, but not because of my personal tastes, rather i can appreciate what they wanted to do and they succeded. They made a total hop bomb in lquid form. Another critique i have is why only 6.2!, this intense taste could easily hide 10% or more. Will not try again.
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the most overly hopped beers Iíve had. That is, if you can overhop something. pours like a glass of liquid caramel, a tad dark for an ipa. Hops right from the start, the aroma, the taste, the finish, everything. I sure wish they had this around Pittsburgh.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully dark, and excellent breadiness and caramel sweetness mixes perfectly with the super pine and citrus. Excellent body. A melded IPA, very drinkable despite the high IBU. Sesionable even. Thx iahereye.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint can thanks to decaturstevo. Pours a hazy rust orange with lovely ivory head. The aroma is sticky pine, some toast, some orange zest, and a bit of an earthy forest-like note. The flavor is refreshingly bitter with a kick of lemon and pine right off the bat. Hints of toast and honey remind me that there is malt under the hops. The finish is bitter and a little bit herbal, with a hint of raw foliage. The dry aftertaste lasts forever. Quite a tasty one, this.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to franksnbeans. Pours a deep amber color with a thick, light beige head that left good lacing. A lot darker than I was expecting. Hoppy aroma with lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Wow..great, balanced taste. Smooth entry leads into a nice caramel presence right before an explosion of piny, slightly citric hops. Leaves a nice bitter taste on the palate. Smooth and easy to drink. Awesome IPA. Thanks a ton Beans.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
CAN: cold, poured a cloudy brown with an amazingly mysterious head that looked like a loaf of bread and seemed to get more solid the longer it sat, kind of like a root beer float milkshake.. The incredible hops aroma about knocked me over. The flavor was actually very good with a full body and medium length finish. This beer makes me want to lift weights because itís so potent in hops. If you can figure that analagy out Iíll give you $5.