oh6gdx (25141) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Orange coloured, small white head. Strong black currant in aroma. Hoppy and fruity flavour with hints of berries. Strong black currant and hops in aftertaste.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled@Oliver Twist) Hazy, light whisky-brown color with a small head. Very strong, bitter and wineous ashy aroma of blackcurrant leaves. Dry and bitter, aromatic, stingy flavor with the blackcurrant leaves still present. ABV is quite well hidden with the hops. A bit raw brew, but surely pleases a hop fanatic. Looks an feels a bit like whisky. Seems quite a bit overrated here.
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bomber. A hazy copper/orange pour with a thick and creamy light-tan head that leaves some streaked webbing down the side of my tulip glass. The mouth-watering aroma is just SO thick and pungent. It’s like a freshly sliced grapefruit amid a bed of pine needles. Full, sticky and resiny body. The perfect level of carbonation. BIG on the fresh hops and enough sweet, caramelly malts to keep it from being too one-sided. Tangy grapefruits and orange peels are in abundance throughout. A smooth, malty middle and a piney, sticky, bitter finish that coats the tongue and lingers. This beer manages to be both tingly and smooth at the same time. The alcohol isn’t too noticeable while drinking, but it hit me like a brick after I finished the bottle. Just a damn good beer. One of my favorites so far.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Yellow/Brown Tinted Coloring with Good Head. Big Hop Notes on the Nose, with a Harvest Wheat Aroma As Well. On the Tongue as Expected a Big Beer Hop HIt With Some Swirls of Citrus in the Background. Solidly Great IPA for a Heavy Hitter, but Nothing Uniquely Characteristic About it.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a big Bordeaux Riedel glass. Brilliant orange-amber beer with creamy yellow-beige froth. It has the nose of a hopfield. Its like harvesting fresh hops early September. I have the impression that i’m smelling on a bottle with concentrated hop aroma of Jean Lenoir’s Le Nez du Vin. Hops nothing but hops??? The taste has a little more to offer. It is nutty, malty and has a slight honeyish body with accents of Armagnac, angelroot, fresh chesnuts and buttercakes. Than the hop boosters are taking over again. Vegetal dominace of laurell leaf, sage, and truckloads of hops are bringing the beer a little out of balance. This is the ultimate Hop experiance but a little more beer caracter is welcome. Balance brings harmony. Huge thanks Denton (Jokes) for sending me this beer.
JorisPPattyn (9380) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old gold-orange beer; orange-amber head. Nose is as plucking fresh hopcones from the vine. Pure hops - but what else? At least in the taste, there’s some backing, but only just enough so one gets a fleeting moment of malt sweetness, Armagnac-like, but it’s quickly gone. And nothing else but hops to keep lingering. Medium bodied, dry - even the MF is overwhelmed by the hops onslaught. For the second time I taste this American icon (first time was on cask), I get the same ideas about it: this is one of the most one-dimensional beers I know. I just don’t dig this. One bottle and one has enough.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from OhioDad. Pours a very clean oranage color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is big dank nuggets. Very floral and piney, very oputdoorsy and fresh. Taste is mixed almost perfectly. Big hops, Big malt backbone, excellent hints and burst of caramel here and there. Finishes clean with a nice bitterness. I need another one!
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a start! Pours phenomenally and aroma is top notch. Pine, spice and hops smells come off the beautiful amber body with creamy head. Flavor blends excellently... even though it is heavily hopped it doesn’t come off as overdone. Citrus/grapefruit, evergreen, hops, they’re all in a silky smooth package.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium golden color, actually lighter than I had expected, with a decet-sized off-white head. Even when you pour it into a glass, the hops begin to assault your sense of smell. There are a lot of citrus notes in the aroma, with a touch of spiciness. The flavor is amazing....extremely hoppy and bitter, but no unpleasant aftertaste. Overall, delicious....I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this one for a while. Thanks, Drafting Room!
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
No doubt an imperial IPA - lots of hops that leap from the glass to the nose — fresh grapefruit and pine. But then there is all the rest that sits on top an undercurrent of sweet malts. The flavor is filled with citrus, both the fruit and the bitter peel. Grapefruit, orange, lemon. The bitterness fills the mouth, but unlike an imperial IPA like Ruination, the malt balance reins in the hops. Great balance. One of my favorite beers to date.