Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this one
The bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a good three fingers worth of white head on top of a brilliantly clear amber body .The head dissipated to a nice thin coating of lace that slides down the glass
Aromas’ of pine and spruce it smell like walking in the woods on a nice summer day
Tastes of hops not overly bitter the sweet malts flavors help smooth it out
Nice crisp mouth feel with enough carbonation for your tongue
I’ll say it like everyone else if you’re a hop head you have to try this one. It’s a great beer, but I don’t know if I’d drink more than a couple in one sitting
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting @ Capone’s: This was a huge, hoppy beer. The color was amber with a nice head. The aroma was of hops, hops and more hops. This one made my tongue tingle. The flavor had some hints of citrus but it was dominated by the bitter hops. This is definitely a sippin beer, just not my style.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber with a fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Very refreshing IPA that finished wet.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Mike. Copper pour, medium white head with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is grassy, citrus, grapefruit and malty. Flavor is malty, biscuit and crisp tasting. Lots of clean hoppy goodness as with the aromas, grassy and just clean with low bitterness. Biscuit malt on the finish which I love, a hopped up amber is never a bad thing.
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour an amber with a small disappearing head and nice lacing. Smells of lots and lots of hops. Tastes of hops and grapefruit. Tons of bitterness. The finish is a little strong for my taste.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Thin quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with some pine, but doesn’t smack you in the face in the same way as as most 2IPAs. The hop flavor is where this beer really shines, lots of Summit hops followed up by some well balanced sweet malt and a touch of astringent bitterness. Overall well balanced and a bit dangerous at a deceptive 7.5%. Excellent session beer for hopheads.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful looking beer...amber color with a big rocky off white head...nice hop aroma of sweet grapefruit....sweet star, a little watery....hop bitterness in the finish...finishes clean....sweet malts and well balanced I LIKE IT
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours crystal clear reddish-orange with a very thin head. Aroma is crisp citrus and pine. Despite the strong hop aroma, there’s a nice maltiness that comes through as well. The nose gives ample forewarning of what is to follow. The taste is a mix of strong pine and citrus hops, with a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The malt backbone carries the hops well. The mouthfeel is slightly resiny and slick. This is a fine beer that I look forward to each Spring. Troegs calls this an "Imperial Amber Ale". I think that’s a better classification than IPA.
bp (868) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2011 Bottle: pours a dark amber with a thin white head, aroma is full of floral hops and some grapefruit, taste is full of hops, the finish has some balance but the hoppy flavor has a strong presense in the aftertaste.
When I originally rated this (1/26/2008) I said I liked more balance in my DIPAs, I think I was a little green at the time as this beer is amazing. I’ve really come to appreciate it and look forward to its release.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle- Pours a dark amber liquid, capped with a foamy off white froth. The aroma is quite full of pine, wood, grapefruit, and orange peel with good floral presence. The flavour profile is quite hoppy. Resiny pine, floral hops, rose petal, bready malts and lots of caramel. Quite well balanced. It’s a bit of a sipper, and was a touch too dry, but well made overall. Good.