BennyTicklez (621) - USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I wasnít expecting this beer to live up to the hype, but it did. Pours golden/amber with a small off-white head. I walked about 10 feet to the trash can to toss the cap away, and I could smell the hops from there. It was unbelievable. Taste is citrus and a ton of hops. I couldnít detect the alcohol flavor as much as other IIPAs eitiher. Very bitter and smooth. This beer leaves a sticky feel in your mouth after a couple of sips. Excellent.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One hell of an IPA. Pours an amazing clear beautiful shade of Gold, almost like a jewel. Head is full, thick and leads to great lacing. Tons of hops, fruitness, some citrus. Bite is bitter and clean, very refreshing on the palatte. Finish is perfected, balanced and leaves you ready for another mouthful.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrusy, piney, honeydew mellon, carmel, and toffee nose. Glowing reddish orange body with a fluffy tan head. Big bitter hoppieness, carmel covered orange rind, pine, sharp fresh hops. Carmel and toffee flavors back this up and sofen the edges a bit. Finnishes with big NW hop bitterness and tons of caramel and grapfuit/orange rind.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 7/28/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Samís Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL 5/21/04. Pours a bright orange amber with fluffy, shimmering, crystalline off-white head (slightly orange-pink in hue) that lingers moderately with interesting patterns of lacing. Nice substantial appearance wtith some heft and a stately glow. Love the hops on this beast. Wonderful aroma, floral and hoppy as hell. Taste is a medley of citrus fruits, mostly orange and grapefruit, but with a unique stone fruit flavor linking the two. Also some resin and sweetly succulent malts. Very nice balance. Slick, full body with a stinging dirty bitter hop bite in the finish, piney with overripe orange and grapefruit pith, and somewhat dry. Extremely smooth mouthfeel and transition from the initial taste to the finish. Wonderfully drinkable. Very sticky on the lips, adding to the suggestions of resin. I have to say, it reminds me a whole lot of the other Three Floyds beers (and that ainít a bad thing), just ramped up to 11. Iíll take it.
celluloiddroid (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sweet merciful crap! Iíll just describe it the way I was feeling as I drank it.
Ooh, hops, malt, crisp, ooh, hops, beautiful, more hops and malt, why is the bottle empty?
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thank you Three Floyds for making this fantastic beer. I donít know where to start, the grapefruit aroma that makes the mouth water, or the beautiful white head and the lace it leaves. The body is just rich enough to allow the malt to come through and balance the intense hop character, without being overwhelming. Perfection in a bottle.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
How can it get any better? Deep hazy orange, creamy white head. I could smell this beer all night. Nose is chock full of sticky sweet pine, grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, with a hint of apricot. Flavor is an intense hoppy bitterness with a sweet rich malty backbone for balance. Just awesome. Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth, bitter-sweet, mojave dry finish. Glad I can find this any day, any time. Believe the hype and find yourself some ASAP!
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Very coppery foggy orange feel to it with a decent white head. Smells much like alcohol, and much more of that, with some huge burnt sugar tones, Actually smells like a barleywine. Extremelty smooth with so many evolving flavors that i cannot describe. So damn smooth with such a bold sugary carmely taste, god damn is this a smooth blend of sweetness.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is pretty hoppy. I love the palate, which sticks in your mouth for a long time. Great IPA and not as alcoholic as many other imperial IPAís
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh my God the hops. More orangey than piney. Golden orange with diminishing head. Big malt hit up front, like orangey-honey marmalade, good sour note in the middle, then extremely dry citric/floral hops in the finish. Not complex, still tasty though. But not for me.