MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
NOTHING COMPARES. . . THERE HAVE BEEN FUTILE ATTEMPTS TO CREATE A KNOCK-OFF! THIS IPA IS ONE-OF-A-KIND!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Had on tap. Best IPA out there. Tastes like hopdevil if it were on steroids. Lots more malt and a crap load more american hops. Nice deep orange color with a thin head. Aroma is loaded with a crazy amount of hops- it almost burns the inside of my nose. Taste is rediculously loaded wihthops yet it still had a nice malt backbone from the high alcohol, yet no alcohol is noticed. The mouthfeel is nice and leaves the back of the toungue dried out and puckered up from all the bitterness- it is so cool!! Best IPA ive ever had. Absolutely rediculous.
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazey deep copper color.Not much head but thats to be expected.Received in a grolsch bottle from Belgianhomebrew, Thanks!Raw hop nose,spicey,sweet.Big bodied sumbitch!Large ass hop flavor,chinooks!? Oily slick,citrusy and maybe a little to much grapefruitiness.Sweet up front. All hop in the finish,flavor and bitterness.Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.Not for the faint of hop.Would love to try it on draft.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Grainy aroma, flowery hops. Excellent white head, clear body.Fairly sweet, citrusy middle, seemed creamy throughout. If there was one beer I'd like to have again, this would be it.
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 Hotstuff and I went on a tour of their brewery. For $5 you get a 12oz glass of 3 of their beers. I thought this beer was not one of their better beers. The aroma was nice enough but its taste had an overpowering after bite that I did not like. The head was almost non existent. The color was very amber brown. Hotstuff gave it a 2 rating.
PhillyBeer2112 (2497) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Very attractive copper with fully creamy head and excellent retention. Strong citric grapefruity aroma with pine and butter notes. Rich velvety texture with smoothly presented grapefruity and lemony hop flavors, and full rich balancing caramel malt sweetness. Some lemon zest character is apparent. Warming and bitter in the finish. Beautiful stuff.
Update draft at 3F: Aroma of flowers! Strong resin. Puckeringly bitter. Resiny hop flavors. Hop juice! Blazing. Hop saw head cutting hoppiness. Zzzzz-whop bang zing.
omhper (18969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus!!
Reddish amber with intense grapefruit aroma. Softly malty with an overwhelming soapy, flowery pine needle hop flavour. Grapefruit bitter finish. This is liquid hop juice, well accompanied by a massive body.
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange, Light amber in colour with a nice off-white head. Very piney and strong aroma, also hints of hops. The taste is very strong and powerful with definate full-body. A great combination of malt and hops with a good amount of flavour throughout. A great Imperial IPA.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Piney, citrusy aroma- thick orange appearance, it poured slow-motion into the glass. Tiny bubbles fighting their way to the top. A mouthful feels like something between liquid and jello. First a powerful taste of hops and then sweet maltiness. Pine needle hops splash against the back of the throat. This beer is so good the tongue is insufficient- you have to taste it with your throat! The flavor is simply transporting. Its not a beer, its an experience. Thanks Ed!
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma, Malt Sweetness, HOPS, slight alcohol taste and balanced. Tis beer only gets better as it warms and as the intense flavors diminish over the two or three hours after your last sip. IMHO the standard for the Imperial IPA style.