FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to rateyourpoison for sharing! Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a small creamy white head. Aroma is extremely fresh citric fruits, mango, tangerine stinky fresh hops, oily. Really pungent with some nice caramel and vanilla. Flavor is much the same, fresh citrus, very dank hops, juicy oils, juicy fruit, the caramel malt and sweet cereal flavors remain throughout and the finish nice, sweet creamy and just a nice smooth bitterness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Delicious beer, really reminiscent of Drednaught only less delicate, a bit more assertive.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
# 1750. 22 oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy orange yellow gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of intense hops, pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Taste of grapefruit, bitter hops, pine and hints of tropical fruit. Slight perfumy aftertaste.
Narnad (1373) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very hazy yellow with modest sized yeast chunks in suspension topped with a dense, creamy white head that really sticks around. Aroma is fantastic and fills the room that your drinking! Strong orange and lemon citrus notes, modest notes of toffee and caramel, very low vanilla similar to that found in an orange dreamcicle mix and a very solid hop leaf bitterness with mild pine notes late. Flavor begins with a very strong citrus hop punch with mostly orange first and then a lemon bite that helps to lighten and round the flavor. Once the citrus fades down a very smooth bitter hops bite comes through and melds with a solid sweet grainy backbone from which the dextrose really does sweeten the flavor. Body is heavy with a very sugary texture and a modest amount of carbonation. Overall the hops found in this brew is very well balanced with the malt and dextrose sweetness. As it warms, the dextrose comes out a bit more and really helps to round out the strong hops bitterness. Great brew and well worth a pick up again.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from whole Foods Lincoln Park. Hazy gold appearance (well, to be fair, it got a little shaken up on the way home from the store) with a medium white head. Big pine/peach/mango/grape hop aroma that also has a bit of muddled mint. Just a huge raw, green hoppiness. The flavor is on the dry side but has a slight sweetness that enhances the juicey fruitiness of the hops. The malt is light and slightly nutty but is definitely barely a stool for the hops to stand on. Medium bodied with tight, medium carbonation. A hugely hoppy, nicely dry and smooth IIPA.
Slipstream (1863) - USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 2010: A big thank you to Adrian for getting one of these and sharing it. The label is interesting, and looks almost hand-drawn. Cloudy pour with a light head. Sweet aroma with a lot of herby hops and a little toast. It tasted a little like a cross between an IPA and a barleywine. And was this made with a Belgian yeast? As usual for 3F, there are lots of fresh, moist, resiny, grassy hops. This also has lots of sweet, juicy malt too. Arctic Panzer Wolf (wonder where they came up with that name) is a very interesting IPA, and another classic from the Floyds.
Rerated in 2011, with thanks to another cousin - aroma is better - rich and floral, altho the flavor is down a bit. Lots of dry, English-tasting hops - pine, fresh grains, lingering bitterness. This wolf has a fine, hoppy bite and yelp.
cgarvieuk (12181) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
at musa ... pale yellow ... creamy white head ... big pine hop ... bitter front but touch of sweetness .... huge dry linger ... veryorange ... touch lemon ... big big citrus ...
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy copper with a rich off-white head that doesnít last long, and a toffee aroma. There is a very bitter and syrupy flavor with rich caramel malt. Leaves an alcohol taste on the palate.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks ridglens on this one, had plenty of FFF, and once again, they are the goods. Interesting pour, lighter than I was expecting, but really, who cares. This is a big citrus hop bomb as usual, and i love it. Smooth, easy to drink, but to compare this with the sister, or brother Dreadnaught, this is much easier to drink but Dreadnaught is more distinctive, maybe itís the honey flavors in the dread that I like more. This is still a very good beer, a must have, pretty smooth for 9%.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light color, thick (sticky) white head, big floral and pine notes on the nose. Flavor has mostly a citrus quality to it which is surprising since it lacks that in the nose, then some pine backs it up. Light caramel creeps in at the end, for 9% the malt is low. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a deep amber gold with a subsided white film of a head.
Aroma: Mango, pine apple, apricot and powdered sugar.
Taste: Dry, bitter, danky mango. Finishes very bitter.
Mouthfeel: Astringent, juicy. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great Imperial IPA, great dry malt bill to back up that bombardment of hops.