after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz., 2006. Thanks, um, either Boboski or FranksnBeans! I think. One of the all-time great labels. Pours opaque dark mahogany brown with a big, thick, sudsy off-white head that falls quickly to not much. Big cobwebs of lace in the corners of the glass. Ultra sweet, brown sugary, caramelly, bready nose. Not so monstrously hoppy, olfactorily speaking. Body’s on the high side of medium, not much carb. Thick, oozing sweetness all over the mid-palate: caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread again. Thick, sticky sugar on the finish. Not really what they’re aiming for here, but if it’s too sweet for *me*, it’s too sweet for almost anybody.
deyholla (5851) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Dan! Poured a hazy amber red with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice pine hop note with a slight backing citrus note and a hint of darker sweet grain. Flavor had strong pine throughout but was balanced by the presence of a grain note.
Svesse (5816) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 31 March 2010) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, citrus, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Fruity, hoppy taste with pine needles, black-currant and caramel. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Generous piney bitterness. Well balanced with alcohol well hidden. Very nice one.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of ross. Pours a hazy dark ruby-copper with an average size diminishing tan head. Fantastic aroma of piney and citrus hops along with caramel malt and brown sugar -- simple but it smells great. Delicious flavour of caramel malt and fruit followed by a nice amount of those aforementioned hops and though there’s some alcohol, for the most part it’s very well hidden. Nice full body, creamy mouthfeel -- man, this goes down easy and so smooth. This is a damn good IIPA, I’d have this on-hand all the time if it were available locally.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, bottles provided by Tom the Cougar, much thanks!
Ruby hued with a nice tan frothy head and outstanding lacing. The nose displayed a big juicy and fresh hop character with pineapple and starfruit, a little pepper and clove and a carmel bready malt vapor, very inviting indeed! The taste is surprisingly nicely balanced with those big hops playing well with the crystal malting. Snappy but never out of hand, finished with a spice kick in the buds. Sharp and biting but once again, never came off overpowering, the alcohol is well hidden behind that hop character. WOW, one most excellent brew, I enjoyed this more than half of the top 10 IIPA on the site. GET YA SOME!
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is big an piney, citrus wioth underyling lychee note. Taste is similar with tangarine being key.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with herbal, earthy, and piney notes, as well as some sweet crystal malts. the flavor is well balanced, with sweet crystal malt and citric and earthy hops. Pretty good.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, big thanks Doodler for just handing me the bottle! Pour was very dark hazy reddish with a nice half finger of creamy slightly tan head from 12 oz. Aroma brings big notes of pine, resin, and grass, some nice citrusy grapefruit sneaks in there with a rich toffee and caramel backbone, hints of spice in there as well. Taste is is a nice blend of quick bitter grass and pine, goes into very nice citrus with tangerine, some tropical fruit notes with mango, pineapple, and even more mango in there as well, hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit notes, goes into hints of spice, finishes nice and bitter but has some slight dryness in there too. Wow, delicious, delicious stuff.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with great lacing and a nice head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of toffee, caramel, fruit, candied sugars, and a touch of earthy hops. Not overly bitter, the flavor is close to the malty nose with a touch of spicy hops in the finish. Big bodied. Too malty for an IIPA. Not a bad beer by any means, but just not what I look for in an IIPA.
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 bouteilles de 12 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de caramel avec une pointe de résineux. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2397)