kdrobb2k (24) - Willingboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Indescribable! One of my all time favorites. Pours copper with a fluffy head.Lacing is average. Aroma of pine is present when the bottle opens. Hops, malts are perfectly balanced. Smooth with no overbearing alcohol taste. I wish this was brewed year round.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 Tasting so many Troegs beers and feeling diisapointed in the past has me a little disenchanted. Hearing so many great things about this offering had me curious and excited. I guess my opinion has fallen back into the neutral zone, unbiased, prior to sampling this one. A clear, light amber pour with a dense cream colored head spills from the bottle. Immovable cap with vey thick lacing, good start. Aroma is hops and then some. Slightly resinous and buttery. The nose is like a bed of flowers. For beers that just feature hops in the aroma, this is one I could sniff at all night long, lovely. The flavor is flowery and somewhat citric; no overkill on the grapefruit, much to my delight. It turns out the palate excites me more than the flavor. Silky smooth and light bodied. A nice hop bitterness, leading to a mildly drying finish. Much better than I expected. I could session with this throughout the seasons.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber with a small off-white head. Great aroma that is floral, citrusy and piney. The flavor starts out similar to the aroma. Lots of grapefruit and pine hops. This is balanced by a little bit of sweet maltiness and a slightly dry bitter finish. I like this a lot.
Arayaga2 (1776) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice coppery color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a fantastic blend of pine and flowers. Taste is same, but not quite as bold, but more grapefruit shines through here. Carbonation is present but not distracting, and the bitterness finishes quickly without a hint of the "extra" alcohol. $2/12oz
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I managed to miss out on last year’s release of this one, so it was nice to grab some as it was being put on the shelf. Nice looking orange-amber color with a lasting head. Sweet, piney-floral hop aroma. Sweet upfront, with a rush of sticky-sweet pine & grapefruit hops rushing over the palate. Sweet malts help to balance things out and make ’NN’ very tasty. Very smooth, finishes very nice. I’ve always been down on their Hopback ale, which isn’t always profound enough, but this is really good. Not touted as an IPA, but an "Imperial Amber", this one really takes strong, hoppy flavor to the next level. well done!
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This reddish amber ale poured with a thin off-white head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is unlike anything I have had before. It starts with banana and honey, then quickly goes to piney hops and grapefruit, with a lasting bitterness on the palate. As the beer warms, a distinct caramel malt taste evolves. This indeed a very complex brew, and quite tasty.
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic IPA, I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands on this & finally I have, and I’m very impressed, this IPA has it all, a fully balanced nose & body of flavors, big hop profile & a lot of malty backbone, at first it punches you in the face, then apologizes, but then turns around clocks you in the back of the head, pours a deep copper color with an off-white head, nice lacing around the glass, nose full of hops, pine & citrus, medium in body, smooth & extremely drinkable, big & bold hoppy flavors with hints of earth, pine & grapefruit, very tart, bitter & dry, as mentioned previously there’s a lot of hops up front, but then the subtle & very well-balanced malty flavors take over, and finally the finish explodes with more huge hoppy flavors, the alcohol strength is well hidden with only a very slight hint of it in the aftertaste, has a lingering finish with (of course) bitter & dry hops, this is a prototypical IPA, one that most others should be judged by, well worth waiting for
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Draft. Crystal clear and clean looking honey amber colored body with only a hint of a head. Soft and syrupy on the palate, with sweet and sticky honey and a faint grassy hop leaf flavor being the most noticeable characteristics. Faint nose of oily hop resin and honey, but this is by no means a hop bomb, or even close to such a thing. Hop flavors and aromas are almost like crackers and butter. The hops remind me of fuggles with a weird honey note, rather than nugget, which I guess I don’t get that much in this beer. I would have guessed amber ale or pale ale simply by aroma, taste and texture.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma with caramel malt scents as well. Dark orange and brown in color. Fairly full and sticky mouthfeel. Very good caramel malt flavor with a nice earthy hop balance. Very enjoyable--a nice suprise.
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12-oz bottle, 6-pack purchased at Latela’s in Jessup. Why is Troegs trying to call this an "Imperial Amber?" It’s IPA all the way! From the fresh fragrant aroma to the citrusy, sprucy, full, pleasantly bitter, tantalizing hops, which might be overpowering but for a light maltiness that reins them in, to the lasting aromatic finish, this is a hophead’s dream. Glad it’s back, and I hope it stays around more than last time.