HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The nose on this beer reminds of pineapple and orange zest sprinkled with pine bark. The head and lace are lasting and very visually appealing. The palate is full and silky with a wonderful intense flavor of hops. The beer is very tropical in flavor, tastes a lot like exotic fruit juices blended with Pacific Northwest hops. I find the beer to perilously drinkable for its gravity and high hopping rates. The finish maybe my favorite part of the beer, the finish lasts for a good fifteen minutes leaving me with a malty sweet citrus hop bonanza. Overall, I really like this beer because its not just straight forward hop bitterness. This has some finesse for a big beer.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As hoppy as this was, it didn't destroy my palette. It also seemed like the bottle would NEVER END!!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colour. What an aroma this beer has, so intense! Flowery, perfumy, citrussy hops mixed with a hint of icing sugar. Really hoppy flavor but still so full. Bitter orange zest syrup. Yummy!
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 orange, copper. looks thick. tiny bubbles battle their way to the head. it smells wonderful - fresh spring, pine trees. The sparkly and frothy just off-white head diminishes at an entertaining speed into a nice ring around the glass. it tastes rich, smooth, fruity, and full. Has those nice and little creamy caramel/toffee flavors to aid that lovely and hoppy citrus idea. leafy, minty, so fresh and so clean. bitter? It’s not what the dictionary describes it to be, wow. The aftertaste is absolutely wonderful as it is clean. It’s with a high alcohol level as well, which is something nice of course. It can be sipped if you want. it can be absolutely quaffed. fantastic. UPDATE 7/1/04: downrated appearance; the appearance is no longer up to my standards for perfection. however, it’s good that the f
*ing fantastic! UPDATE 7/13/04: f*ing fantastic! UPDATE 10/15/04: salty. i want pork feast! (this was drunk out of a bomber with a couple friends out in the cold. note is insignificant and score is not manipulated.) UPDATE 3/21/05: old bottle, possibly from 2003? hazy, and worn. downrated. i have not YET yet tried the 2005 bottles--grr.
EKGoldings (611) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with thick frothy head. Aroma is hops with hops and more hops. Taste is fruity with malt and hops. Fruity flavors tend towards apricot. An amazing beer that hides the 9.5% abv well. Can I have another?
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jsquire for letting me finally taste this wonderful brew that I can't get in Washington state! Beautiful orange color, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice head. Definite aroma of hops. Citrusy, hoppy flavor dominates, but certainly not overpowering. Compared to Ruination IPA, seems a bit more malty. Overall, a top-notch IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Contrary to the masses I do not like this beer aged past about a 3 months. I have had 6 bottles that have aged in the range of 15 to 9 months. Aroma is plastic and light band-aids. All pleasant hop aroma is gone. The flavor is much the same. The bitter hops are still here in spades but there is no fruitiness to balance things out. Alcohol is unpleasantly harsh. Maybe ever bottle that I have ever bought has something that prevents it from aging well, but I find that unlikely. Aged Rating (3 5 4 4 8 – 2.4)
I am convinced that a 5.0 beer is a rare find; I also think that the basis of a perfect score is based 90% on the merit of the beer and 10% on pure emotion. The first time I had this beer it was a beautiful September day, I jut finished a hard day of yard work, I had been waiting to try this beer for 2+ months. Just earlier that day I had finally gotten some of this nectar that was so highly touted on this very site. I knew from those first looks, sniffs, sips, and swallows that this was a perfect beer. Since this day I have had this beer many times and I feel that it is time to re-rate it.
Re-Rate 1/21/2004 – Hazy orange body. The head is mostly white and hangs on for the long-haul. The lacing is excellent. The aroma is pure and simple hop nirvana, grapefruit and citrus, there is a slight sweet malt backing, but mostly hops. The flavor is big piney hops with a very nice malt backing. The bitterness is big but this is an IIPA after all. The body is medium full and slightly syrupy. The finish is very nice, with lots of sweetness balanced by the hops. Did I mention that there are some hops in this beer? Overall it is an excellent example of the style.
(Old Rating 9/6/2003 10/5/10/5/20 5.0)WOW!! This is the best beer I have yet had. Beautiful frothy tight off-white head with excellent lacing. Orange-copper color. Intense floral citrus-grapefruit aroma. Major hop flavors but the big malty body balances things out. Alcohol is masked. This is one intense hoppy beer. The finish is major hops but the thick body sticks to your teeth. Hunt this one down and try it. If you do not like hops you will not like this beer.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Pours out w a nice thick(quickly dissapating)head.Great lacing.Has that wonderful deep orange/copper/hazy color.Nice taste/more balanced than the alpha king.I was expecting an assault of hoppage(it was a perfect blend of sweet malt and great hops)Very smooth on the tongue.Nice dry finish.Hard to find & expensive but well worth the expirience.Yummy heady hops w/ the perfect malt complement.Time has told me(Nick Drake)this is my favorite beverage labele beer.Nothing like being there(Coventry)w/ a Dreadnaught in hand.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This time, Joe, my thanks is sincere, I'm glad to have had the chance to try this fine brew. It pours with a crystal clear amber body topped by a thick off-white lasting head with good lacing. Sweet and grapefruity hop aroma with strong piney notes and a subtle maltiness. Slightly sweet but bitter and very hoppy flavor with grapefruit and pine notes and a touch of maltiness. A big hoppy beer for the hop head. The finish is bitter and piney. Full bodied and smooth with a warmth deep down.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for this Joe! Looked interesting for an IPA....much more orange in color than most. Aroma of honey and alcohol. Sweet malts, and west coast hops came together well in this beer. I had always heard this beer had more bwine characteristics than IPA characteristics....I got more IPA than BWine, but the malty sweetness made this beer very unique and a step above the rest.