cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Lively carbonation. Very light spotty lacing. Has a wonderful floral, pine, and light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is mostly hops with some very light caramel malt presence. No unpleasant astringent after taste. A big plus in my book. An easy drinking, clean, medium body IPA. Very nice. Thanks Jason.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MrBendo. Slightly hazy light orange body, thin off-white head. Fresh, bright, piney, grassy hops aroma. Like opening a fresh package of hops flowers. The same fresh, leafy hoppiness carries over to the body. Bright and clean, bitter, with a light bready malt backbone. Damn, this is very nice. Three great IPAs in two days. The other two (Tyranena Bitter Woman from Hell and New England Sea Hag) characterized by complex malts and a stew of hops varieties. This one by fresh, bright hops and a simpler malt backbone. There is diversity in this style to seek out, indeed.
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks go out to AxlLives for this grea 12oz bonus! Great hop flavor in this offering from Troegs! This is certainly one of the more refreshing IPA’s I’ve had in some time! This beer had great balance, and a good mix of bitter and sweet. A great flowery and grapefruit aroma with a nice rich head to dominate the glass. Goes down incredibly smooth, I enjoyed it a little below room temp. It certainly satisfied my hop craving for the week!
steelers37 (62) - little ferry, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great beer lots going on nice pine and citrus with a touch of sweetness on the finish a must try for hopheads
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Immy - thanks, Tim! Well hot dog, it actually does say imperial amber on the label. If that’s the case, then - measured against other imperial reds or ambers (cough cough Terrapin) - this baby takes the cake. But maybe that’s not fair. Anyways, this is hop NASTY, which is a very good thing. Hugely succulent and juicy, this one explodes with crispness and savory citrus from the get go. Superbly lively mouthfeel and it goes down oh so clean and smooth. Compares very favorably with Victory Hop Wallop.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a clean, transparent golden color with an even finger of foamy white head. Like some others out there, my first comment has to be that I’ve seen Pilseners out there that have more in common in color with an amber ale than this brew, but no matter, it still looks good - and smells good too! Fresh, clean lemony hop aroma with a refreshing herbal cripsness. Warrior, I’m guessing. Freshly mown lawn with the sprinklers going and lots of blooming springtime iris happening here. Light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Very light and very clean on the palate with loads of fresh grassy hops. A smigden of toasted pale malt gives it a bit of a breadiness, but its incredibly light and refreshing with the hops creating the bulk of the flavor profile. Some white grapefruit zest and white pine, mostly. Incredibly hoppy, yet light and easy drinking at the same time. Thanks, Tom!
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
IMperial amber? Of that claim, I am a little wary. After all, in the glass this concoction seems to be almost a wee bit lighter than its lil’ sibling, the Troegs’ Hopback. Oozing out of the glass is a wonderfully floral aroma of hops and a lightly sticky malt background. Do I detect honeysuckle and hibiscus? I thinks I do. For an ale labeled "imperial" this sucka’ is a tasty, tasty session-style for me. The body starts with a smooth malt-based introduction, but pulls back to a spicy, floral (again) honeyed, yet bittered finish. Refreshing and nicely balanced. Well, considering the beer is now quaffed, I do believe the review is over. On to something else for me to dispose of. What a tireless pursuit of my passion and profession. Cheers.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: pours a clear orange copper colour with a small white head . aroma is mostly grapefruit and and very fresh smelling as if they were just put in. some pine also follows over a slight malt. fllavour is pine and earth hops with a nice combination of sweet malts finishes very piney hop and a good bitter. overall a very nice beer
bigrond (1459) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is an excellent IPA. This is good start to finish. Hops everywhere and just the right blend of them. 7 + acl is hidden very well
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle-Pours a golden yellow/orange color w/a slight white head. Fresh crisp hop aroma w/some pine overtones. Has a crisp pine/citrus hop flavor up front, but not offensivly so, has good balance. Traces of spice as well, maybe some orange peel, sugar cane. Long floral hop finish. I’m not a fan of the overhopped IPA’s but this was a good one I would recommend.