Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a hazy golden with a creamy off white head. Head fades but produces some quality lacing. Has a great hoppy aroma of citrus and spruce. A nice medium body with good carbination. Has a slick texture. A big duration with a great finish.This is a solid beer. Very hoppy and robust. Really sits on the tastebuds for some time. Has a strong bitterness that starts slow and revs up to a wonderful ending. This is real good stuff, I wouldnít recommend a 12 oz bottle, youíll just want more.
waldowin (6) - Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice hazy gold color, white heads forms quickly and thickly, but fades almost as fast.
Smells amazing. Only slightly like I expected a double IPA this big to smell, mostly sweet honey and floral hops.
And it tastes fantastic! Sweet, mellow, and slick, with just a *hint* of a citrusy hop tang at the finish. Hop flavors are present throughout, with grapefruits, pine sap, and floral tastes all the way through. However, itís very subtle, and definitely compliments the malt, instead of dominating it. Stone breweries could learn a thing or two from this one.
Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and full. Almost a chewy IPA, not at all like I expected a beer this light in color to feel. Leaves a very mildly bitter aftertaste, that gives way to a sweet honey/hops combination.
This stuff is scarily drinkable for its style, easily as drinkable as a hef or a lager. Just watch that ABV, it sneaks up on you.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is a beast!
It pours a beautiful flax/gold with an off-white head that leads to solid lacing.
The smell is huge hops. and laying in waiting...hops again. Citrus tones ride the hops and green it out a bit. Like Hop Wallop on "roids, and thats saying something! The taste is as expected, heavy and bodied hops supported by a warming malt backbone. This beer is an aniNimal. As it warms it just get more drinkable, and less raw. I love tasting itís changes.
A MUST HAVE FOR ANY HOP HEAD!
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this beer, all the way through, sometimes its nice to get a little roughed up by your beer.
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 800th rating! Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry -- Thanks Harry! Pours a slightly hazy sparkling orange with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma is HOPS, HOPS, HOPS! -- lots of citrus and pine. Thereís also a really nice fruity sweetness there to balance it out making for one damn fine aroma -- I couldnít wait to taste it. The flavour, which does not dissapoint, is also really hoppy yet sooo easy to drink. A wonderful medley of juicy hops nicely balanced with sweet malt and a pleasant long bitter finish. Practically no sign of that 9.5% alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied. I wish I had more to write for this stunning beer, itís simply one kick-ass IPA and I hope to enjoy many more in the future.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Citrus! Pine! Citrus! Pine!" This is is immediately shouted from the bottle the second the cap is popped off. Pours a deep surprisingly clear copper with lacy white head that slowly succombs to gravity and leaves nice spots of lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is big-time citrus, pine and floral hops with enough malt to let one know this is not just concetrated hop juice. Intensely bitter piney hop notes hit first in the flavor, then comes the orange-grapefruit flavors, then the sugary malt, and it all comes full-circle with the hop bitterness. Said bitterness never becomes acrid or overwhelming, thanks to the solid malt backbone. Full-bodied, thick mouthfeel with slightly resiny, tacky palate. Yep, this is a benchmark IIPA, in my opinion bested only by Stoudtís Double IPA.
MMMMMBEER (2) - East Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 24, 2006 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite deceiving. Fruity taste, shared with brother in law. Had fun describing beer together but a little estranged as to why beer which smelled so fruity had such a rough and/or uneasy taste going down. Glad to have tried it, I have had better experiences.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Shared with eagle, thanks. His taste buds must have been off. Aroma was of major grapefruits not a lot of pineyness to it, resions hops and other citrus. Flavor was much the same. Mouthfeel was a little syrupy. Solid beer"
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:pineapple hopy nose,fruity...
chicagobears (436) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 Wow, this will clear your sinuses. Pine needles, citrus, dry-ice, I love the smokey piney maple taste of this. Not much of a stickiness, but is buttery. The bitterness is grapefruit, if not numbing. This is almost a woodsman type pine, as if I were eating pine-needles right off the tree. Itíll highten your senses. Stellar!