JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Deep amber with a moderate beige head. Aah Christmas, the aroma of a fresh cut fir and sweet grapefruit, with a backdrop of sweet malt. Wonderful caramel and toffee start the journey, with each step going deeper into the pine forest. Clothed in warming silk, with out a bristle to snag as the flavors unravel. The sweetness travels well and helps cut through the twines of hops. Half way through the bottle and the aroma and alcohol are calling me to lie down for a rest on the hopsack pillows. Drunken apricots and plums swerve through the sky impaling themselves on the Christmas tree as decorations. What fun!
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Re-rate 5-21- lots of fruit in aroma, not so much pine, very tasty, with a great mouthfeel. Different batches, different ratings, some are better than others. It is still hard not to avoid the price increase this beer goes through each year, $4.99 in 03 to the present $11 in 06, is GWB associated with 3F?
Re-rate revisited: This beer has been more astrigent in the bottle and tap the last year(03) than should be expected(every other sample). None has matched, and been below, the second bottle from original purchase. Not worth the $8/bottle.
Bottle. A clear orange color with a medium creamy white head. Aroma of pine is big upon opening the bottle with the typical 3F citrus hops aroma coming out when poured into the glass. Extremely green, harsh, and raw. It is like chewing on a pine sprig with the harshness of the hops it feels like the pine needles sticking the inside of your mouth. A thick mouthfeel which you would expect from a 10% beer. A bitter and overpowering aftertaste that lasted through toothpaste and mouthwash until the next morning with peanut butter being the only way to get rid of it, disgusting. I always considered beer drinking to be an enjoyable event, you should not have to grimace and gag with every sip of beer. This makes Rogues Old Crustacean seem like a session beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Draft: Yellow color, bubbly and clear, with a medium sized white head. Aroma is certaintly hoppy, but grapefruit, lemon, and malt intermingle with some sweetness and an overall floral character. The flavor is hoppy throughout, with a rather bitter finish, but wonderfully balanced, with a good dose of creamy malt and moderate sweetness in the mid-section of the flavor. A elegantly balanced IPA overall, and a damn good brew.
re-rate: 22 oz bomber - Light amber color with very tiny pure white head. Aroma has lots of crisp hoppiness, mostly herbal, touch of grapefruit. Flavor is pretty hoppy, very herbal, hint of mint, bit of caramel. Finish has a significant bitterness, but very smooth.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(0.5l draught) Shimmering, iridescent head, lovely light golden liquid. The scent is bitter honey-clover, intoxicating. So hoppy there is just the barest hint of alcohol, but halfway down the glass it starts to make it's presence felt. Smooth sweetness balances the onrush of fragrant hops. Utterly wonderful in every sense of the word!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Now this is a great beer! On draught. Strongly hoppy and aromatic. Many spring flowers and no alcohol burn whatsoever. Rich dark golden color and a nicely frilly head, although it doesn’t last too long, it does linger on the top for awhile.
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2006 [re-rate - original 4.5 - the newer bottled versions are still good, but not really worthy of top 50 status] [draught] @#$%, this is great stuff! Everything an imperial IPA should be - huge hops presence - thick, very citrusy, with a mild sweetness that lingers on the tongue - like a doubly strong and doubly tasty version of alpha king.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
HUGE. Nice tight head, great glowing dark color. Nice floral hoppiness up front balanced by big maltiness throughout. The finish is lingering and sweet.Absolutely outstanding and a worthy big brother to Alpha King if you can imagine that.
This is an extreme beer. Slow down and enjoy it. Cellar some when it comes out in bottles.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty strong alcohol burn but it's sort of concealed. Anyway, it's a helluva hoppy IPA that's just not really something I'd enjoy drinking on a regular basis. Surprisingly found on tap in NYC (Blind Tiger). Copper-colored in the glass and ordinary to look at. What's the fuss.
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My last half-pint of a business trip to Chicago...save the best for last? It keeps a nice creamy head on a standard amber body. What is notable here is the balance that is achieved, floral and hoppy but not sharply bitter or overwhelmingly fragrant. Still, a little too sticky and the alcohol is too noticeable. When I drink this kind of stuff, I can be appreciative but I still wonder what the fascinating of American beer drinkers is with the IPA. For my money, not as good as the Bells Two Hearted. (on tap, Piece Pizzeria, Chicago, IL)
BeerMonkey (11) - Lansing, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great beer. I love the coppery appearance and love the taste- the higher alcohol helps to make it a smoother drinking beer. But at nine and a half percent drink with caution!