heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very piney taste and smell. has ALOT of hops. I will definatly need to try this again.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottling, just released! 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass
A: A wonderfully rich-looking dark amber color flows forth from the bottle, loads of variously-sized carbonated bottles floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. Awesome to look at, and the lovely creamy head doesn’t change that.
S: Wow, just wow. Can you say, "hops?" I thought you could. This will NOT disappoint. The Warrior & Tomahawk hops really overwhelm the senses here...and just the right touch of malted backbone round out the smell here. Exceptional.
T/M: Fear not worrying that this beer won’t taste as good as it smells; it does all that & then some. A tasty, bready malt teases the tongue to begin, and then the hops & body kick in, pulverizing your palate with wave upon wave of resinous, hoppy goodness. An exceptionally balanced level of carbonation simply beckons each additional sip. Just about damned near perfect.
D: At "only" 7.5%, drinking several of these won’t kill you. And as good as it is, you WILL want several of these. Like, several dozen perhaps. Another HUGE winner for Troegs. Highly, highly recommended.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice orange color pour with a nice white fluffy head. Great hop aroma with huge pine and citrus notes. Nice initial hop bitterness with a malty body and bitterness at the end. The aroma and flavor hops blend nicely. Yum. Would like some more.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Santa. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a thin layer of off-white head. Great aroma of freshly-cut grapefruit rind, crushed flowers, and pepper. An inital taste gives a blast of bitter grapefruit and some backgound sweetness, with the finish having a smooth floral character. Great aroma on this one - would love to try on tap.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber orange with a finger of head that dies down pretty quick. Nice lacing and looks like a delicious amber/red ale.
Smells of citrus, malt, pine, rind and HOPS. Wow, this is an amber/red right? Nothing pleases me more than to smell intense hops, regardless of the style. I have been instantly seduced. First taste is beautiful. The smell was not decieving, hops are there front and center but followed by the citrus and a sweet finish balancing it all perfectly. Tons of flavors, not just a hop bomb, but I do love these hops. Zero alcohol present. This is a delicious beverage. Finishes a little dry and bitter but its balaced out extremely nice. A 6 pack of this is trouble and would be a delight, a 12 would be my demise though I would not rule it out with the right circumstances. Overall an absolute must try.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/07 KC tasting. Thanks Tim! Piney, caramel, vanilla aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, pine and citrus. Nice.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a slightly darker amber color. It has a white head that falls quickly. The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy grapefruit. A very American hoppy aroma overall. The flavor is surprisingly smooth. There is very little hop bitterness compared to the aroma but a bunch of hop flavor mostly consisting of grapefruit flavors. The background is very smooth and the beer is very balanced overall.
On a side note, how does get classified as an Imperial Amber instead of an Imperial IPA? I realize that it’s an amber, but I would easily fit into the Imperial IPA category.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma....just sniffing you can tell this is going to be one hop-filled beer. Mouthfeel is average, but taste is wonderful. Very strong citrus/pine flavor....whoever said Christmas Trees is spot on. Balanced well, not too over-the-top and at 7.5%, I could probably put away a 6-pack of these on a day of football watching.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice. Excellent orangey hops in the nose. It really tastes like citrus. I had a hard time drinking more than two of these, but the first two were amazing. THe mouthfeel is very astringent though.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to whomever gave me this when I moved to Ohio. After trying this I am going to have to track down a few more Troegs beers to see if all their beers are as good as this one. It is one of the better IPAs I’ve tried - somewhere between Hop Hearty and Two Hearted.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy orange body let through about a quarter of the light that tried to filter through. A thin lifeless head sat on top but was offset by the generous lacing. The scent of freshly cut Christmas trees and resin would make this perfect for a winter evening. Without being over the top it was aggressively hoppy. Somewhere hidden behind all of it was a nice caramel contrast.
Flavor / Palate - For an IPA it was nicely balanced. I picked up citrus flavors along with some pine. It was almost as if someone had made Orange Slice into a beer. The finish was bitter and intensified as the glass warmed. By the end it left a nice feeling across the throat. If I run across this again I may have to pick up another bottle or two.