FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled February 2004
Pours a hazy copper-orange color and is topped by a beige head that is middle of the road in thickness & creaminess. Gawd-damn, intense aromas of citrus fruit waft from my glass. Lychee, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, hop nectar, a sweetness all are here in the nose of this beer. The aroma is just amazing on this beer, I really don't think that the smell could get much better than this. This beer is quite sweet in taste. The lychee taste from the hops is quite intense & very impressive. If there was such thing as honey made from hop nectar this beer is what that would taste like. This beer does not seem nearly as bitter as the Alpha King from 3-Floyds, though this is probably because this beer has the body & malt backbone to back up the intense onslaught of fresh hop flavor & bitterness.
This beer is certainly a sipping beer, the combination of the hop intensity and the body/ mouth feel of this beer require quite contemplation of each sip. The fruitiness in this beer is what really sets it apart. It is so intensely fruity & tropical that it makes me wonder if the fruitiness is not from the hops alone, and is in fact part of the yeast character. In the end I think that 3-Floyds has just packed this puppy with fruity-citrusy hops until it is ready to burst. This is just confirmation that my first opinion of this beer was just.
Sampled August, 2003
Smells strongly fruity, comes at you with a right hook of lychee and grapefruit aromas. Nice amber gold color (with golden highlights). This beer is a very well balanced attack of American hops that hangs on a modest malt backbone. There is lots of hop flavor in this one, with lots of fruity hoppy notes. The taste is lightly sweet as well with a good amount of body to it. Overall this is a very well put together beer with a wonderful balance.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok, this is my very first Double IPA. Orange colour with hints of orange. Big, thick longlasting white head. Heck, what an aroma... Piney, citrousy, sparkling hops. And of course, grapefruit... I am just stunned by this aroma... Taste is just like a hop liquidid and/or light spirit. Very grapefruity and floral flavour. I can barely taste the alcohol. But it is evident in the belly. World-class, of course. This new double IPA style really had a huge impress on me. Sooo. thanks ciderguy for this truly marvelous beer!!
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow the yanks do know how to make beer!!! Sweet hoppy aroma with hints of spearmint bubble gum. Nice orange colour with fluffy white head. Big hoppy flavour. I would compare this to Mac Copperhop in NZ.
A couple of these and you would need a cab to get home. Thanks secret santa.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If I ever get a kegerator, this will be the beer of choice in it. The only drawback is that you can only have a couple pints before you're obliterated. Big hops, big alchohol, aroma to die for. Who would've thought the best IPA would come out of Indiana?
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper colored good head and lacing. Aroma is huge - grapefruit, pine. Flavor is strongly citrus and bitter with caramel mallts peeking through. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. This is what an IPA should taste like.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Okay, first off, I am super thrilled that I got my hands on this one. Darke golden with a thin white buvvly white head. The nose is syrupy hoppy and rustic or copperish. The taste is initially hops and crisp citrusy potent flavor. This hangs around and malts weave in and out. The mouth is full and rewarding.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Pours orange with a medium head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. As for hops, you get a great flavor followed by a heavy bitterness which is balanced by a thick sweetness.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 (Bottle) Pour an orangish amber color with medium-sized white head. Great aroma! Had a smooth hoppy flavor that was absolutely delicious.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, I just love these I2PAs. I would have to do a blind test to see if I like this more than 90 min. Deep orange amber pour with a nice frothy off white head. Aroma is big hops, evergreen and citrus. Huge hop flavors but not overly bitter. Perfect balance, nice malt backbone. Excelent slightly sweet finish that lasts and lasts.
swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
An ale that is heavy in aroma and taste, but the hop character is decidedly sweet instead of bitter. If Stone IPA or Ruination is your first choice, stay away.