realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to adrian910ss poured a hazed orange with a nice cream colored head. Aroma was resinous pine and citrus hops with a good amount of caramel malt to back it up. Flavor was malty yet very bitter and hoppy at the same time. Such a good balance of sweet malts and hops made you want to keep comming back for more.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Possibly the hoppiest beer I’ve had? Orange amber color and memorable pine nose. Hop heaven! Full flavored and balanced. Too bad it’s seasonal (Feb)as I’d like to try it again to put against some of my other favorites.
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, just lot my rating! Anyways, this brew pours a very nice muddy orange amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is citrusy and sweet, with a piney and oily finish. Flavor is all High Alpha Acid hops with a noticeable malt backbone. Finish is bitter and the body is a bit oily. This brew is alright, but a bit too unbalanced.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazy copper pour with a firm off white head and thick ribbons of lacing. Brilliant piney, citrus aroma. Aggressive grapefruit and piney hops mostly balanced with a firm and rich malty backbone. Notes of pepper and burnt toast at the back of the tongue. Creamy texture and a sweet finish with a definate alcohol presence. The line between IPAs and 2IPAs is about as blurred as any line viewed after a few of these, but this really seems like a 2IPA to me. Regardless, its a good beer.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big fresh hop aroma. Mildly sweet, bit oily. Strong dark fruit and very rich hop flavors. Finishes without much bitterness, slight alcohol, and lingering dark fruit.
acearl (422) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 From memory, alright, copper color, fairly hoppy, decently nectory characteristic, not too bitter, a decent IPA but not great...Rerate from bottle and tap...tan creamy head, piney aroma, medium syrupy texture that slams against the biteness of the hops, keeps its underlying amber characteristics but more bitter and bold
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After a few months of age, this poured a nice copper color with a thin, white, large bubbled-head. The aroma is pure hops, but they have some quality that muddles them and makes the aroma smooth and pleseant. The flavor is interesting. Sure, there’s the trademark grapefruit hoppiness with some very herbal, piney notes played against a sublty sweet malty background. Along with all of this, though is a very fleeting mint note that makes the whole flavor profile much more intriguing than your dime a dozen IPA. The alcohol is not strong and the whole, very balanced taste finishes nice and clean. Overall, it’s worth the wait for it’s once-a-year release.
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper, with a nice foamy, soapy white head. Piney, junipery herbal aroma. Hops and malt seem to hit the tastebuds at the same time, so bready notes are mixed with spruce, caramel with pine, resin and citrus. Nice beer.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of Immy (thanks!), pours a clear light amber with an off-white head. Aroma of hops; citrus and pine, and maybe a bit off. Flavor is a mild bitter bite, but not much flavor comes along with it, a bit watery on the backside. Palate is medium, but thin. Not offensive, but just okay.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle,shared by Beermouth, thanx) Golden-yellow, clear and no head. At the tasting we al agreed; the aroma was the one of a cat-litterbox,mixed wih caramel. Soft mouthfeel, although the powerfull bitterhopping apears rather early and dominates into the very metallic finsh. Unbalanced brew.