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.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour dark cloudy orange with very thin white head that diminishes. Holy Hopiness, the aroma is pure hops, citrusy and piney. Tastes like pure hops and very bitter. Finishes the same way hoppy and bitter all the way through. I do detect somewhat of a malt background. This is the best beer Iíve had. Awesome.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not what I was expecting, Delicious yes, one dimensional yes=( but I drank three bottles just the same and loved each and every one of them
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this puppy on tap one lucky day at Harpos in Boulder, Colorado. I will never forget that day. Best beer iíve had yet.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a Fantastic brew!A great hop aroma that you could sniff for days.A wonderful balance of big bold hops and malt.Plain and simple,it dont get any better than this!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 I had a fresh one a month ago, but took no notes, and had an older one last night as part of a big IIPA tasting. Pours reddish orange. Smells honeyish and piney. (The fresh ones aroma was much better, in fact I sat and sniffed it for 5 minutes) Flavor is honey and piney hops. Nice mouthfeel. Will need to do a proper re-rate. RE-RATE 4/27 Fresh? 22oz bottle from a liquor store not too far from 3F. Served at 48į in a Duvel tulip. The beers pours reddish orange with a small, off white head. The aroma is piney, herbal, citrusy, resiny hops with a backing of caramelized turbino sugar. The flavor is citrus and piney hop flavor at first mixed with a sweet, caramelly, malt backing that transitions into a pine forest dripping with sap and fallen pine needles. The bitterness starts midway, but, suprisingly, it is somewhat subdued and the beer is balanced. A very tasty beer for those that love the flavor and aroma of hops, but donít necessarily want to be blown out of the building by bitterness. Score stays the same.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full hoppy nose, with some malt as well, hazy orange, pours a good sized, short lived custard head, leaves some pretty lace. Flavour is quite hoppy to start, lots of orange and pine, nice malt level too. Well balanced. full bodied, zingy from the hops, fairly bitter. Terrific!! Thanks so much wohlfs and qdog.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 definitely not understanding the hug numbers this gets. Clean and defect free, yes. Boring yes.Overly soft and alcohol forward, this is all about the malt. NOT and Imperial IPA. Had this before Pliny the Elder and Drakes Denogonizer good thing beacause it was not noticeable when we went back to it afterwards. This need way more hop bitterness and floral resins. Good decent clean beer that is just plain boring. re-rated and it is even worse than before. Boring with a capital B. Sweet and malt forward with little hop presence. I cannot stand a sweet IPA they need to be dry and much more hop forward and resinous.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Freshest hop aroma I have smelled aside from brew day at my home. Scent of lemon/grapefruit/citrus overlying fruit punch overlying candy sugar, with the faintest hint of pine. Appears a crystal clear light amber with good effervescence of moderately-sized bubbles. Flavor starts sweet, hoppy in the middle, finishes a perfect balance of the two. The sweet flavor component is neither malty nor caramelly but just tastes clean. The hoppy flavor component is fresh, bitter, and just plain yummy. There is also a hint of biscuit as I get further down the glass. Palate is moderately to heavy and appropriate, though it gets a bit slick and syrupy after awhile. Overall, this beer is equal to or greater than the sum of its parts. My thanks to sprinkle for this excellent brew.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to flemdawg for this beer.
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Good IPA aroma of clean hops and a touch of candy with no grass. The taste? Well, this is interesting. This is very, very interesting. Not at all what I expected. The first adjective in the commercial description is the word "massive". But "massive" was not the first adjective that came to mind with the first sip. Instead, something very different surfaced: smooth. Very, very smooth. I taste hops, loads and loads of clean tasty hops with no grassy aftertaste... but I donít get an abrasive bitterness. I taste alcohol, peppery refreshing alcohol, but not an overwhelming dryness. And I taste a malt backbone, sweet and supportive, but no toffee and no stickiness. This is not the most assertive IPA Iíve had thus far. Rather, it is the smoothest. This is an IPA that could introduce people to the IPA. All this coupled with a nice, full body that one would hope from a beer this hyped. This is by all account a sipping beer, but not because itís too harsh to drink in mass quantities. This is a beer to be sipped so as to prolong the experience for as long as possible. Thanks Jim for giving me this opportunity.