sickboy79 (66) - USA - APR 29, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an awesome Imperial Double IPA! Iím a hop head and have sampled my share of IPAs. This one might take the cake. Iím also a huge fan of the 3F Dreadnaught but, this seems to be just a step above for my tastes. Wonderful hoppy/floral aroma. First sip hits you with BIG hop flavor and a nice ABV content (stiff beer!) but, itís not over powering or two sweet like some Imperial IPAs can be. Just a big Hop note. Finish has a nice citrus bitter tone that I really dig. Leaves you wanting more! HIGHLY recommended! One of the best, from one of the best brewers in the business, IMO.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bang! It pours as bright yellow with notes of citrus hops right off the bat. The medium body drives the heavy abv as well as some long and lingering hopped notes of burnt orange peel and pepper spices.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, put up against the dreadnaught and it seems to be more hopped and less balanced. Great nose with huge pine and citrus coming through. Fantastic lacing. Hops lingers and lingers. Big yet easy drinking. Great beer
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with white head and little lacing. Aromas of citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemons. Taste of sourness with heavy bitterness. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Palate is medium bodied with some lively carbonation leaving a dry, long, bitter finish. Overall, this one is right up my alley for DIPAís using golden malts and hops galore.
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Sean for the bottle! Pours a cloudy, glowing honey amber, with a smallish head. Grass, wheat, and a ton of citrus on the nose, with some butterscotch behind. Citrus comes to the forefront in the flavor. This one is certainly hop-forward, with a sharply bitter aftertaste Ė but thereís a point in the middle of the flavor progression that steers a bit maltier. Almost toffee-like. Definitely tasty, but that grassy note is pulling it back for me.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of mowz. First time I got a bottle that wasnít faded. Pours a a very clean light, golden orange with a small head. This beer has quite a simple, yet elegant aroma of equally balanced grapefruit, orange rind, and pine. This beer is dangerous. The flavor starts off with bright, fruit/juicy hops and flows into a slightly sweet, balanced caramel malt, rounding out with some earthy, piney bitterness. At 100 ibus, this beer surprisingly drinks like a regular IPA. The hop profile isnít very oily or resinous, nor is it very bitter, which only adds to how easy this goes down. The 9% of alcohol is completely masked here. Definitely a step in the right direction. Now I just need someone to send me a fresh bottle of Dreadnaught.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle via trade (thanks JB84). Pours a medium gold with thin ring of off white head. Aroma is pungent and Christmas tree like, resinous to boot. Mild sweetness there as well. Flavour is powerful spruce hops, some mild malt there but really buried under the hop attack. Thick mouth feel and yet the alcohol is well masked. Potent and yet not overpowering..but perhaps a tad too hop forward without a counter balance. Some citrus in the finish. Overall itís solid but not mind blowing.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #221. Light color, kind of a golden/orange and very clear with a nice bubbly white head. Light aroma, not getting a whole lot actually, a bit of pine, but thatís it. Easy on the tongue as well, light citrus and very easy to drink, maybe the Liberator I had beforehand overwhelmed it. (1592)
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft - Pours hazy copper with a small, lasting head. The very nice aroma is full of pine along with floral notes. It has a big, bitter hop flavor with the aforementioned pine and floral character coming through well. A load of malts lend a full body and support the crisp hop explosion of this excellent brew.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Chef Keenan - thanks! Pours tangerine in color with a trim beige head. Smells of hops and shoe polish. Tastes of chewy caramel and bitters hops and buttered popcorn.