joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop hoppity hopage. But gots the malty backbone. Nice thick pallate. Dont be a smacktard?
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hops and high alcohol - what a beautiful combination! This is a very high quality brew. You can definitely taste the sweet malt, but it mixes well with the hoppiness. I look forward to trying some others from three Floyds.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Citrus hops, caramel malt nose with alcohol notes. A FREAKINí DELECTIBLE TREAT. My first rating in six months. THis beer made me want to rate beers again.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 *I obtained a fresher bottle, and as such I am rerating this beer* Thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Slightly hazy orange amber, small white head with little lingering. Sweet fruity hop aroma, something like Cascade or Simcoe. Sweet nose softly melds into a thick malt character with a bittersweet hop backbone. The bitterness is truly actualized in the finish, when the sweet flavors ebb leaving a piney resinous bitterness. This finish bitterness is slightly marred by the presence of diacetyl butter flavors muting the astringency. Mouthfeel is full, and very malty. Appropriate for the style, but too much malt presence. I guess further East they would call this beer balanced, but I felt a lot more of the hop characters, particularly the resinous ones, should have been more in the forefront.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle being enjoyed on my 37th birthday thanks to Maibockaddict. Had numerous samples on tap last year at Brewtopia í04, but was in no shape to rate it then. Clear orange/amber color with a nice off white head. Big hop(amarillo?) aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine. Flavor was more balanced than I expected. Sure there were big hop flavors, but there was also a nice malty backbone. Hardly noticed the 9.5% until the bottle was finished. Must get more of this to keep on hand.
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours orange tinted brown with a thick light tan head that laces. aroma is of pine trees that are growing lemons in a tall aromatic field of grass. taste is very smooth considering all that is going on here. piney taste with vanilla wafers. finish is grassy and citrus. wonderful lingering bitter with sweetness that is like a piece of cheesecake and a cup of coffee without the coffee flavor somehow. thanks bbb63.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice garnet bottle with minimal head. Has flavor notes of lemon, hops, pine, bitterness, citrus, and grapefruit. Nice velvety soft mouthfeel. Very good balance of malt and hops. Overall very mellow and enjoyable. Big thanks to BBB63 via Kevin for this.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy gold. Almost mind-blowing aroma of pine, honey, and a citric burn in the back. Not exactly what I expected from an IIPA, and the flavor was even more surprising. There is a lot of bitterness, but an almost equal amount of sweet honey. Thick, honey coating on the tongue. Maybe too much for a hophead like myself. Hops are obviously in effect in this beer, but donít have a big finish or noticable resin. Both sweet and sour are very big in this beer and balanced for a smooth feel, honey is probably the dominant flavor.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big grapefruit and pine hops to begin with sweet honey malts to follow. This beer is BIG and for an IPA is pretty thick on the palate. This is a lively beer, as carbonation continues to bubble from the glass even as it is almost empty. The hop profile of this beer isnt mouthwateringly complex, but the hop flavors that are present are seriously assertive, if not aggressive. However the malt sweetness backs it up enough to keep it in check. Dont get me wrong , this is a great beer and any serious hophead needs to at least try this. Watch out though, this stuff is smooooth and with the alcohol as well hidden as it is it will creep on you.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 22oz - A sharp sticky hop filled nose. Nice orange color with medium off white head that stuck around for a while, nice lacing. It tastes very earthy. Strong hops that lingers with every sip. I brought this one in my carry-on from indy to San Diego. Iím not sure how old it is, but tastes like the sharp hop is flat from age. I will have a freshy and re-rate. 04/08/05 - 8,4,7,4,16=3.9
Re-Rate on 08/10/05
22oz - Fresh batch - Aroma is pure freshly picked hops. Poured a transparent brownish-orange with a small head and great lacing. Flavor slams with fresh hops then mellows out with a malty chaser. I could try to throw some other flavors in there, but they are getting their butts kicked by the fresh hops. Palate is sticky and tart. Much better fresh in my opinion.