jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 A fantastic selection. One of the best IPAs I have had in a very long time! Hazy appearance, great aroma and flavor specific to the best IPAs. Just great!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Dark orange color. Puffy white head that takes its time falling. Nose full of sweet malt and citrusy hops. Super full bodied. Like fermented hop oil. Sticky and rich. Loads carmel maltiness surrounded by resiny, oily, bitter hops. Long finish. Never overwhelming, but bordering right on the fine line.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Right on par with many SN offerings. Citrusy and caramelly. Very dry. Wonderful texture. Again - many thanks to matta for sharing his great acquisitions and providing endless entertainment...all at his expense ;)
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful pour and a nice fruity aroma. Initial hoppiness followed by a fruity taste. I can see why this is one of the top beers on here. Way too good to be drinking this beer with my brats. I'll go get a POint to finish the brats, then enjoy this masterpiece.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle pours a golden color with a nice white head and good lace. The aroma is of fresh hops. The flavor is of a strong sweet malt backbone and very good hops to drive it all home. The body is thick and holds up well. Overall, this is a very good I2PA.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 WOW!! I had read the reviews on this and it totally blew me away. An amazing double IPA with tons of hops, fruitiness, bitterness and great taste. A great one not to be missed. Wish I had more of these. The balance in this brew is just amazing
PorterPounder (5879) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent! The aroma of spruce hits you the moment you open the bottle. The pour is dark golden with a sticky white head and heavy lacing. Flavor is somewhat sweet and at the same time sour. Heavy Cascade hops presence, but dovetailed nicely in with the malts. Luxuriant mouthfeel, does not leave the tongue numb like some high IBU beers, coats it well. Spruce, grapefruit and mint finish it off nicely. An excellent Double IPA. Fishinses extraordinarily strong. A winner.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like an old homebrewing cascade hop sock stuffed with oranges. Very, very citrusy, muted toffee, hop bittering isn't overdone. A bit like a Valencia screwdriver with a rosemary twist. ABV is pretty subdued. Very good mouth and body, the quit is medium-long, but not too tart. Edgy hop finish on the sides of the tongue. Very good beer, but it ain't 100 percentile.
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The first '20' I've given in the overall impression category, many many thanks to EddieG for hooking me up with this brew, what an experience, orange in color, great soft & fluffy white head, good lacing around the glass, huge hoppy & citrusy nose, very bitter flavors, spicy, dry, awesome malt profile which leads to outstanding balance in this beer, both a sweet & spicy finish, very smooth & drinkable, certainly is as hoppy as other IIPA's but this seems a little less intense, it's more mellow, it's a bit better for overall mouthfeel & drinkablility, an absoutely outstanding beer, I need to have more!!!
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 After much searching for a trading partner to get this elusive brew, we finally meet. The beer leaves the 22 oz. brown bomber (with a really funky label I might add) and finds itself in my imperial pint glass. The appearance is clear orange amber color with a nice white head, both pretty standard for a good IPA. The head leaves a lot quicker than a single IPA which is likely due to the high strength of the brew. Carbonation is also low and is gone rather quickly. The aroma is surprisingly mild for an imperial IPA. It is clearly hoppy, but the aroma does not hit you across the room like a Ruination or a Celebration. There are strong notes of alcohol and caramel malts on the nose as well. The taste is quite sweet with a strong peppery kick due to the hops. Smooth silky mouthfeel with a syrupy thick consistency. Strong alcohol burn detracts somewhat from drinkability. Overall I think this brew is very close to being on the fence to being a barley wine, not that there is anything wrong with that. I will try to eventually get some more to cellar to see if it ages well like a real barley wine. Too bad, it will take a quite a while to get some more in.