beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, after searching for this brew throughout the universe, thanks a ton to batkins for this amazing brew. This brew is all that its cracked up to be, really impressive. And I thought my homebrew clone was good, well this thing blows it out of the water. This thing has a ton of sweet citrus hops, very crisp smelling. Taste starts with a buttery smooth sweetness, fading nicely to balance it all out with a beautiful display of hoppiness. Crisp citrus hops, not overly bitter, but just right, very even tasting brew.
shadey (1980) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Orange color with a thin head. Plenty of hop aroma. Balanced flavor with some pretty decent alcohol heat. I am not going crazy over this stuff, but its very easy drinking for an imperial. 6/3/7/3/15
RERATE: 6 Month Old Bottle. Pour is mellon colored, clear and with no head. Aroma is rich citrus and pine. Complex and attractive. The flavor is fresh on the tongue, citrus, grapefruit, pine, and a touch of sugary sweetness. Body is crisp, clean and refreshing for a beer of this strength. Much better than I remembered. 9/3/9/5/18
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Had this again with the regular crew and my numbers came out exactly the same. It was interesting trying it again, after having a ton of beers in the style in the mean time, and to see that this one still holds up very well. In fact, I found it a little bit less in your face like Hercules and ridiculously easy to drink. Man, I love this stuff...numbers stay the same...
Dark Orange pour. Small white head. Lovely, inviting balanced dose of fresh hops in aroma - canít describe how much this aroma made me want to try this beer. Very hoppy malty brew - again, incredibly well balanced for this much going on. The hops were citrusy and prominent, but not overpowering (or obvious - I couldnít pick out the type). Just a solid beer. Thanks for sharing jercraigs.
shrubber85 (8787) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Flowery, citrusy hops aroma. LIght tan - slightly cloudy with little head. Strong hops flavor up front with a sweet melon finish. Very nice.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 2009-09-26. No notes. Sample on tap at the brewpub was a pretty solid IPA but does not quite live up to my memory of trying it in bottles in the past. Will see if my bottles from the brewery will live up to the previous experiences. On tap at Three Floydís, Munster.
July 2006. Bottle. Big citrus aroma with sweet orange and grapefruit that reminds me at times of a vidal icewine, muted malt but enough to be supportive, light spruce/pine branches. Fair bit of hoppy bitterness, light resin, sweet malty base. Medium to full body is just about perfect for the beer. Now I will stop writing and just enjoy this. Thanks very much for sharing guys! 9/4/9/4+/20 - 4.6 (Bumped a bit to offset the previous under rating!)
July 2004. Orange body, smallish but nice off white head. Big hoppy aroma, some orangey citrus. Vaguest hint of alcohol and some resin. Flavour is similarly very hoppy with plenty of hoppy bitterness as well. Dangerously quaffable, showing only a glimpse of the alcohol present. Very smooth, medium to full bodied palate. Leaves the tongue ravaged and spent in an oh so pleasant manner. Extremely good, to the point where I didnít take notes equal to the beer because I was busy enjoying it. Thanks for this bottle Gunny. 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Santa! Body is gorgeous like a nice female, color is a foggy amber, and glows in the light. Head is thick and lasting. I almost catch a whiff of chocolate, with the aroma, hop aroma seems to be on the backburner, and honey really jumps out at me the most. The aroma is pretty subtle in this brew. Taste isnít like anything I expected. Plenty of alcohol sweetness, and malts that almost counteract the hops. Taste is very sweet, fruity, a hint of caramel. If I would not have know this was a IIPA then I would have that it was an American Strong Ale, just because the hops are so drowned out by the alcohol. Very interesting brew.
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange hazy ale with little head. Sweet vanilla fudge aroma with pungeant hops and alcohol warmt. Sweet malt and wonderful pinhey hops, pineau de charente qualities, and burned nuts. Complex hops in mouth. Rich bodied. Bottle sampled with TiggMtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. From hopscotch...thanks my friend!
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Feb, 2004: Bottle Conditioned. This is the last beer of a massive evening with Spiesy. We warmed up with some lesser beers before finishing with the two big beers of the night, this and Hop Rod Rye Ale. Sadly not impressed with either. Appearance of this is a slightly cloudy lightish amber with a very slight foam on top, slightly below average. The aroma is of an American Pale Ale - the sticky malt and the orange and grapefruit hinted hops rise in a pleasant, though not astounding manner. Nothing impressive so far. Mouthfeel is tingly and medium bodied - not quite as stickly as expected, though it has a tackiness that clings slightly to the mouth. Acceptable. The alcohol is well used to bring flavour and warmth. Flavour is orange flowers with a smearing of honey. There is a wow! intensity about this, and that seems the biggest asset. Impact. The flavours donít move much from front to finish, though it does linger pleasantly, shifting as it fades in the mouth - but here I am struggling to find good things about this, the 5th best beer in the world. Itís nice. Itís big. It has impact. It lingers nicely in the mouth. Itís really not that great. MRomero again sorted this one.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Thanks to Wohlfs for the tasting. dark copper with average whitehead. Big citrus hop aroma, carribean fruit galore. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. Nice caramel malt background. Huge caramel malt up front, turns to blend of citrus hops, mandarin orange or tangerine. Flavor bounces between malt sweetness and citrus hop bitters. Very well balanced for such an over the top brew, tons of residuel sweetness though. Great oily smooth mouthfeel. Another beer where my review does no justice.
Pailhead (5449) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: Second time Iíve had this but first time Iíve rated it. Better than I remeber. Strong citrus grapefruit aroma. Malty up front with a fantastic hop finish. Nice citrus presence with some orange. Finishes hoppy with a nice sweet balance. Very smooth. Excellent beer and a second thanks to Wolhfs for another tasting.