chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the cask at Night of the Living Ales in Chicago under the name Tea-bagged Furious. Orange/cooper color. Aroma is strong with pine, grapefruit, and a bunch of citrus. Actually had some sweet malt in there to try to balance with the bitterness from the hops. Hops win, which is the way I like it. Very good beer.
GMCC2181 (1509) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Tyler! Big Head! Frosty white, three fingers worth. Beautiful dark red/amber color. Good lacing. Smell of citrus hops! Also the smell of malt. Taste is nice bitterness right off the bat. Yet it has a hidden sweetness and a smooth after taste. Taste is all HOPS. Tyler said it was the best beer/IPA out of a can and he was right. Really good IPA!!! Thanks TY for a great beer!
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[tap @ Sheffieldís Chicago] Red amber color, very minimal foam. Piney, citrus aroma. Resinous. Dense, bitter hop flavors... loads of oily pine, grapefruit. Moderately sweet malt base. Huge lingering bitterness.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Kramer. Burgundy pour, small white head. Aroma is grapefruit and floral. Flavor is grapefruit, floral, with a bready pine finish and a resiny aftertaste. There is a big bitterness to this that makes it not a thirst quencher. Big maltiness with a subtly sweet touch of caramel and biscuit and bready notes pretty domainant but the grapefruit and resin rule this beer. Just too much bitterness, itís all resin. Probably past itís prime.
papat444 (22) - Mercier, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to oakbluff for this one.
Paired with Garlic Chicken.
Poured from a 16oz. can.
Aroma: Hops & malty aspect come to mind right away.
Appearance: Copper color with a thick head (3 fingers) & lots of carbonation.
Flavor: Wow, bitterness of hops hits you & also taste of pine & spices float around in there. What i like is that even though there is a powerful hop presence, itís very well balanced with the different flavors in it.
Palate: Heavy on the palate but as it warms, the pine & citrus are more dominant. Very pleasant bitterness that lasts well after the sip.
Overall: I love hoppy beers & usually have no problem with them, but as i was finishing it, the bitterness was almost too much for me. A very good, well constructed beer with a powerful hop wallop. Flavors abound from all over & are very pleasant. I would like to revisit though as maybe i was tired or something because the hoppiness really got to me near the end. A must for hopheads!
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 Re-rate coming soon. This is an extremely good beer. Hereís my old rating until I find my notes:
Itís really hard to reconcile the intense deliciousness of the beer with the punishment in the accumulating bitterness on the tongue. The deliciousness always wins, and you take another swig.
Itís a good beer to acclimatise oneself to superhopped American beer. I wish I could get this in Halifax.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at clark street alehouse. this was a breath of fresh air last night. the only good beer in a sea of... i dont know, something. anyways. orange/copper color with a nice off white head. intense aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops. taste is decently balanced, pretty damned bitter back end. no doubt itís an IPA, and a massively hoppy one at that. why it was $6 for a snifter i donít know. iím pretty much just rating it so i donít have zero ratings for february 2008
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Stine for this one. Pours out cloudy orange/copper color with a nice off white head. Intense aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops. Taste is well balanced with a nice citrus hop smack right in the face with some other citrus and light floral hops on the taste. Nice sweet malts in there for some balance, just the right amount as it allows the hops to be the feature in this beer. This is a very solid IPA, I need to find me some more of this.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours burnt amber with a nearly non-existent off white head. Nose is filled with caramelized sugars, sweet malts, with spicy, floral grapefruit hops dominating. Taste is a blast of astringent hops, so spicy, with an amazing malt character. Sweet, just enough to balance out the bitterness, mixed with some grains, and caramel that bring up the rear. This sports a full bodied and creamy palate that leaves your mouth a bit sticky and dry. While this is plenty complex and rich, it is still fully sessionable and goes down easy. With this IPA, its not so much the hops, as it is the malts. Two thumbs up!
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar in Villa Park. Clear light amber pour, frothy off-white head, lacing. Lots of grapefruit in the nose. A variety of hops in the mouth, decent mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit too hoppy for my personal tastes, but my buddy who loves IPAs loved it. Definitely worthwhile.