TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Picked this up at Ortinos Northside, they just got it, but unfortunetly they were selling it for $13.50 a bottle. Pours a translucent light orange amber with a small off white head. The aroma is strong. Almost hard to really describe. Picking up orange peel or orange candy almost with some pine. The flavor is citrus with some alcohol in the tail. Hops for sure, but again hard to put into words...just good. this one felt great on the palate, creamy for an IPA.
Re-rate. I figured I would re-rate since the first bottle I had was shared and was served a bit on the cold side. My description above stays pretty much the same. This 2nd time around the aroma just blew me away.
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber color, not much head. Very strong aroma of blackcurrant leaves. Medium to full bodied. Aggressive sweet honeyish hoppyness, some blackcurrant also in the flavor. Unbalanced, not my cup of tea.
oh6gdx (25327) - 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 (1551) - 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. Itís 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 isnít 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 iím smelling on a bottle with concentrated hop aroma of Jean Lenoirís 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 (9468) - 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, thereís some backing, but only just enough so one gets a fleeting moment of malt sweetness, Armagnac-like, but itís 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 donít 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 (2736) - 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 doesnít come off as overdone. Citrus/grapefruit, evergreen, hops, theyíre all in a silky smooth package.