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 (4795) - 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 (3666) - 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!
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yummah. A tad syrupy in consistency with very little head. Beautiful balance of flavors, including a strong alcohol punch and some hop and fruit notes.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange amber hue. Big herbal, grapefruit, hop nose. Rocky off white head leaving some fine lookin lace. Big and chewy on the palate. Sweet toffee/caramel malts. Herbal, mint, grapefruit, tons of hops on a fairly full bodied brew. Spicey and pungent, alcohol is hidden very well. Im impressed, very well balanced for such a big friggin beer...Ive been looking forward to this one for awhile, but it was most definately worth the wait...Get yourself some dreadnaught, u wont regret. I wish I had some more growlers!
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 (5077) - 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.