JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Average-large white head, gold/amber body. Head is there for a while. Strong flowery aroma with pine and grapefruit, something I’d like put into air freshener. Taste is strong with hops, a little off balance with malt. Some grapefruit, sweet caramel, and a bitter finish that fades into a grapefruit rind taste. I detected some kind of stale bitterness in it, but it may have been the bittering hops. Very creamy texture. Overall, I love this beer. I need to do some tests with this... fresh versus "aged" a few months. I almost think I like it better with toned down hops, though, it does lose a bit in the aroma dept I believe.
(9 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17)
Update 3/7/2006 - Fresh batch, I presume. This beer has lost its edge. After I had it the first time, I thought it was just a touch overrated.... but still remember it as being huge. Now, its just a big IPA. Not huge, not phenomenal, just there.
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange, big sloppy white head. Citrusy sweet aroma - grapefruit and pine intermixed. Nice thick, almost viscous mouthfeel. Sharp grapefruit and pine hops are paired with woodsy, thick malt flavors to balance and support the bitterness. As the beer warms, sweeter flavor slowly emerge - honeydew, perhaps - but never over power the hops. Really intense, but really easy to drink. Thanks to Aracauna for this one!
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a orang/yellow hue. Smell is a coppery tinnish smell. I get a decent head that dissipates to a small white head as the brew settles in. First taste is hit with the usual I.P.A bitterness. Sweet at the start like a grapefruit that has suger on it, then bam it hits you with a kick. Over all it is a darn good beer.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper amber body, tight white head. Sweet lace! Citrucy, dry and alcoholic. floral and citrucy with berry undertones. Biting and piney as well. Sweet, fruity and floral, then bitter and strong. Tasty and effervescent. some stickiness hold chocolatey and woody notes on the palate for a bit. Complex and intricate, full bodied, cleans up well leaving a long, warm, complex finish. This is a really well made beer.
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow/ orange with a small compact head. Aroma of drying alfalfa hay, and with a very citrus tinge to the flavor. Not as balanced as the Bell's Imperial (my only other IIPA so far), with the alcohol and bitterness noticable, although it seemed to be lacking something. Overall, a nice beer but I hope they keep tinkering with it, as it could stand a little improvement.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Murky orange amber coloured beer that is bursting with complex hop aroma. Flavour is something similar to liquid hop-juice with a grapefruit bitter finish. Thick, viscous, cloying texture that can not be rushed. Drunk head to head with the Bear Republic – Hop Rod Rye, it was a battle royal. The longer we (SilkT) and I compared them the more they warmed and the more they impressed with complexity fullness. All that praise said, the beer and indeed the style could do with some finessing and style. Bigger, richer, fuller, doesn’t necessarily mean better. This is an IPA on steroids. MRomero again sorted this one.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a nice golden yellow with a slight white head. Aroma of Cascade hops, MAJOR aroma should I say. Initial taste is hopppy, yet smooth. While bitter up front, its quite smooth on the finish. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is well rounded. Finish is lovely, not overly bitter. This one is a very drinkable IIPA, probably one of the better ones I have had to date. Highly recommended.   Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade!
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An exceptional brew. those ahops are form the pacific northwest i believe. very floral with a hint of bitterness. interesting color and lace that sticks. this one is worth trying if you find it. btw it will get ya pretty hammered.
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 An good beer to be sure, but not quite what I was hoping for. Missing the balance that you find in the Dogfish Head’ 90 min IPA. Very strong. Don’t drink this too cold.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If there are any flaws in this beer, it's the strong aroma and the alcohol taste. There's a nasty pinge in the aroma, probably from the hops, but more tart than bitter. The taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. One of the best beers brewed on this earth.