MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BAM finally get to try this bad boy, and it was worth the wait. First of all Iíll thank BUNKYPOP for sending me this all the way from Illinois! Pours a dark gold body, with some cloudy orange properties. Head is just off-white, short lived and medium sized. In the end the head just sorta sat around the edge of the glass. Aromas are a huge blast of hops, citrus (lemon and orange), sweet malty candies, and some grassy notes too. Complex! Taste is like a hops train coming straight for your mouth, and it explodes in your mouth. HUGE HOPS, bitterness, orange peel, candied malts, grainy and grassy, and a slight boozey warmth. Finish is boozey and warming, huge bite in the mouth. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Suprisingly smooth and enjoyable for the alcohol content. Awesome and prime example of the style. Well done Three Floyds!
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Again, big ups to qwak for this one. Someday I will bathe in this stuff. Hops garden and sweet malt nose. This is truly the ultimate IIPA. You could never confuse it with a barleywine like some other IIPAs (Great Divide comes to mind here) Huge grapefruit/citrus hops, cotton candy malt, perfect freakin finish. Reaffirms my love of the style.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottled, courtesy of footbalm. glowing copper orange, with more malt in the aroma than i expected. however, a biting bitterness hits your tongue before anything else, and the radioactive color becomes a radioactive flavor--my tongue is glowing, coated with hops. this is clearly alpha kingís bigger, badder, bitterer brother. damn good beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
my 300th review had to be something special. I couldnít have made a better choice.Impossible to find in Wisconsin, it was stumbled upon in Chicago. 10 bucks for a 22er, but with the rave reviews it had gotten, why not? WOW, the most powerfulfull blast hop aroma I have ever experienced, short of sticking my nose into a bag of hops. Lots of malt in the taste to counterbalance these hops, not quite as much as Dogfishhead 120,leading to a full rich hopaccented taste. That wonderful aroma was there the entire glass, like your drinking it in a hop field. For a hophead like me, it was the most pleasant drinking experience Iíve had in years. Lucky I bought 2 bottles. Iím deeply saddened at the same time that this is so inaccesible to me. I believe this is only my third perfect score.I would like to know how long this stuff keeps, so next time I can score I can buy a trailerload to store.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Increadible. One of the finest beers ever. Pours a cloudy red with a surprisingly small head. The looks is lighter then I would have expected. The aroma is really amazing with malts, apricot, graitfruit, caramel, citrus, hops, pine, hay, orange, pineapple. The taste has all of this in it as well and the alcohol is balanced perfectly. The palate is sex and that is all there is too it. Take all the flavors and put wine in to it. That is how I would describe the mouthfeel. This beer defies description. I saw this at the Foodery in Philadelphia. If you like Double IPAs, this is one is pretty hard to top. Three Floyds really layers this beer extremely well. This is amazing stuff. I just compared this to the Hercules Double IPA. They are very different so I will call it a tie.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 An Amazing IPA all the way !! Pours a dark copper color with a rich pine, floral, grapefruity scent to it. The taste gets better with every sip. Three Floyds keeps putting out world class beers.
Pours a cloudy orange copery color with a small white head. Faint aroma of what once was a tremendous amount of piney hops and mango. Where did this wonderful aroma go ? I used to crave this beer just for the aroma. Taste is hoppy, but nowhere near the hoppiness that this beer once had. Faint pine flavor with hints of mango and peach and caramel malt. This beer used to be near perfect and now is a shade of what it once was. What has happened here ?
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 2003 bottle by way of temporrari.poured into a snifter to recieve a beautiful golden brown with a white head that simmered quickly.i lifted the dread to my nose and gathered some pine,citurs,floral,caramel,and forest type aromas.the flavor was nice and complex.pine,caramel,earth,flowers,citurs,and hay all blended well onto my tounge.it also had a nice thick mouthfeel with a bit of a bite right inthe middle.this is yet another outstanding brew by the floydís brothers.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 One of the top three IIPAs Iíve ever had. Great grapefruit and citrus floral aroma whets the appetite. Great cloudy brooding color, seems to be roiling and churning in the glass. Tastes of intense hops (citrus and pine) with a sweet malty undertone. Great bitter finish, but never out of control or over the top. These guys know what theyíre doing. (Sampled fresh at the brewery tasting room.)
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Iíve been waiting for this to come around for some time. I will take into account the price tag ($9/750ml) when rating. The pour is perfect, copper in color with a heavy off white head. The hop aroma is dominating - juicy grapefuit and orange mixed with fresh floral. It goes a little deeper and actually smells somewhat like the hopís cooler, older brother, Cannabis. (Not that I would know though.)
This is the hop-daddy. The little bit of sweet malt presence in the start is instantly swept away in a waterwall of hop flavor that just doesnít stop. The finish is nicely balanced with strong notes of pine and just enough bitterness to leave you wanting more. This is alot of excitement for the taste buds all at once and probably should be enjoyed in moderation. At $9 a bottle, this brew is still rated Excellent.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 Poured a golden orange color with a small white head. Aroma is big grapefruit, pine, and sweet caramel. Flavor continues with the hoppy grapefruit, cirtus, and pine. A big malt backing gives this beer a great balance with the hops and alcohol. Medium to full bodied with a nice finish. </br> </br> Cask @ DL06 on 4/29/06 Nice big hoppy gapefruit aroma (not as big as the Khan had just before). Huge hop flavor and sugary sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus flavors. Full bodied. 9/4/9/5/18 While this would go up to a 4.5 I will leave it as is since it isnít bottled and I probably wont be getting it again. :(