drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 12oz bottle. pours clear pale-amber with white head. nose is loaded with PNW hops, piney and grassy. flavor just isn’t that bitter (freshness unknown), some piney hop (almost juicy) flavor, along with toasted biscuit. carbonation is a bit fizzy. alcohol is well hidden. this bottle wasn’t quite bitter enough so i’ll have to re-rate some day, but this was still tasty and fun to drink.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Why can’t these guys just label their beer an IPA? I mean...an Imperial Brown? This is about as far away from a brown ale as you can get. A really nice beer here. A prominintly hoppy nose with a strong emphasis on grapefruity hops, but the piney hops are also present and it’s carried by sweet caramel hops. Appearance is a nice dark orange/amber color with a good one finger off-white head. The beer has a very pleasant balance between hops and malt, but it does have this underlying astringent factor, however minor but still there. At any rate, if I think about this beer in terms of a Brown Ale, it’s out-of-this-world good. In terms of an IPA (which it is) then it’s an above average IPA. Nice stuff.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Filtered and honey gold. Finger of bone white head. Total hop nose. Spicy piney sweet candy hop aromas. Full bodied and sticky. Bitter peppery hops. Rather lively. Nicely malted for the style. Touch of bready malts. Sticky with a full hop spectrum profile. Citrus and floral. Bitter with touches of candy sugar. Good alcohol kick. Nice balance within the spectrum of hops. Well done!
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad brew. It has a unique, hoppy flavor. But, it seemed a little weak. It’s flavor signature reminded me immediately of the more strongly flavored Hop Wallop from Victory Brewing. Unfortunately for Nugget Nectar, stronger is better.
BREWMUSKCLES (2359) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 i would say it is an ipa all right. there’s an astringent burn to it. although the flavor is good and different (which i appreciate) it kind of reminds me of that la choffe ipa from belgium. one to get used to.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Bottle. Pours a clear, light amber with small cream head that dissipates as soon as it can. I’m learning that a lot of IPA’s / DIPA’s can smell deliciously funky and dank but not very many of ’em come through on the whole taste / mouthfeel end of the deal. This is another one of those. Way too carbonated and thin for me. There is nothing "Imperial" about this one. Kinda confused about the ridiculously high rating here. UPDATE: Draft @ Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD. This one was hooked up to the Randalizer filled with Chinook hops......and it still was not that good. This beer just doesn’t do it for me. The randal seemed to subdue this one. Aroma was grassy. Body was thin and flat. No head. Disappointing. UPDATE APRIL’09: I have had a few enjoyable experiences with this beer recently. It tastes completely different from the last time I had it. It’s actually a deliciously hoppy beer.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful cloudy papaya - apricot color with off white head which quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation but not so much that the taster cannot distinguish taste over texture. Bitter fruit smell tinged with orange / citrus. Nice medium body without being too heavy or syrupy. "Intense" definitely covers it! Intense in hops in the middle and finish with a nice spicy - sour bite at the end to round out the pronounced dirty maltiness. While not a swigging beer (for me anyway) definitely a pleaser and very nice for any time of year.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz trade thanks to dmac621. Bitter flavor with some hints of citrus and malts. Very dry finish. Small head and little lacing left on the glass. This was a pretty average ipa for me. I was really expecting more hops.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a light amber color with a decent size foamy head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is a very definate hop and grapefruit kick. Has a slight caramel and malt flavor come in on the finish. Dry and light. Nice brew!
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Suggested by the owner of Ryan’s beverage in Northwales. Found a few 12ozs at Bluedog pub. An amazing brew. Kinda light for an IPA, but it’s loaded with subtle citrus, melon and pine flavors. The hops hit right were they should, but not as hard as I would like them to. Alcohol is no where to be found. I’m torn between how much I like hop-monsters and how much I like a bouquet of well adjusted flavors. In the end, this is a very complex and solid IPA.