unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an amazing orange color that just screams "Drink Me!". Very nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is very piney but not without a fair share malt. Smells very balanced. Taste is piney, floral, and fruity and even detect some nice roasted malt. Decent body and mouthfeel. No doubt a top Imperial IPA but is a close second to Stone Ruination.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 What else can really be said about this beer. The one thing I noticed was how creamy the finish was. Just like a creamed soda. Loved it! Oh by the way, great balance of hops to malt. I had this again at the Map room in Chicago on draft. Hops are what I love, and this thing rocked it to the core!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: nice blend of malt and hops. Cloudy orange. Big and bitter - hides the alcohol well. Excellent brew.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! I think this is the best Imperial IPA ever! Great pour with a frothy white head. Cloudy amber/orange color with a very strong hoppy, flora aroma. Strong hop presence with a spice to the flavor and wheat maybe??? Pretty smooth. Reminds me of a Harvest Ale. Definitely the #1 Imperial IPA!!!
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Saved this one for my 100th rated beer. These are my thoughts: Picture perfect pour. Billoughy eggshell white head little lacing. First taste: Grapefruit/floral/Sweet/powerful - initial bombardment of my tongue. Very Interesting they master that initial kickoff everytime. I definitely like this beer better than the Alpha King. After the initial bombardment nice smooth underflavor to invite you to consume the rest. Very potent elixir too. Stronger grapefruit presense as you work your way further into the bottle. Much more prevalent and with a little bitter kick. This is the best IPA I can say I've ever had. Still like the APA's too. The only reason I'm not giving the 5.0 to this one is because Three Floyds pimped me earlier this year with running out of T-shirts and I ordered two. If you hadn't sent my check back and sent me my shirts you would gotten a 5.0 rating.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured with a nice head. Good lacing all around the glass. Dark orange/yellow in color. Wonderful aroma but lacking just a little something. Definitely hoppy with some malt flavors that try to mellow it out. Too bitter for a great IPA.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany with nice head full of small bubbles and nice lacing. MMM, hops, hops and more hops in the nose. Malt and some citrus accompany that. Yummy. Creamy body with a nice balance of hops, small fruit, and malt. It finishes nice, dry and bitter. Woo! Great IIPA!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great IPA. Hoppy, malty, fruity, lots of flavor. Finish is bittersweet, smooth, clean, and dry.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely balanced, not overly bitter or herbal malty sweetness with a citrus tang. A little syrupy / thick mouthfeel.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, hoppy, and citric aroma. Copper colored with a creamy, medium sized head. Big malts, and big hops that blend nicely. Some lemony citrus notes come through. Lingering cascade like bitterness. Although this is a big beer, it is very drinkable and not over the top.