BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Goose Island IPA tulip: Pours a lovely bronze hue with a small but lasting frothy white head that produced very good lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple and tangerine, mild pine, clove, white pepper, biscuity malt, and mineral water. NICE and inviting!
The flavor profile follows suit to a tee, pure juicy and crisp hops at the forefront supported by sharp pepper finish with a light handed dose of malt for good measure. This is one rocking IPA, just pungent enough to grab you by the nads but never so over the top you want to scream for mommy. The feel is equal in balance to all other aspects of the brew, sharp and biting yet never really astringent or soapy.
GREAT JOB brewers, you did this genre right with this brew, gosh how I would love to have tried this straight off of tap. Underrated in a big way!
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Delicious! What a great style. "Imperial Amber". Bright orange color, Thick pour, gives off a sweet hop aroma. The first sip is sticky and coats your mouth. Mellow yet robust. On my top 5 "BIG LIST". To bad they didn’t make enough.
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Rerated from draft, Apr 2012: Deep amber with a wicked viscous character. Disregard my 5-year rating -- this absolutely fits the label, a robust hoppy kick. <<Original: Bottle: Shiny orange with little for a head. Couldn’t get much of an aroma into my possibly challenged olfactory senses, but this did have a nice little citric hoppiness to the flavor. Not quite worthy of the hop-squeezing label, but quite enjoyable, nonetheless.>>
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to RLB from a trade at DLD ’06. pours a bright orangey gold with a small white head. aroma is citrus: peach, grapefruit and orange. flavor is a mix of the aforementioned citrus and some, but not as much as I expected caramel malt. I must be becoming a hophead, ’cause I thought it could have had more. thanks Rich, this was a nice IPA
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber with a frothy head and spotty lace. Herbal hops in the nose. Slightly soapy with pine and a little alcohol. I thought the flavor was soapy and malty. That’s it. The soapiness mars the finish.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Clear rufous. Thick white lather produces dense sheets of lace after each sip. Mandarin oranges, pine sap, dried apricots, and aspirin comprise the bright aroma. Airy and toasty to a degree. Wonderfully fresh and pungent. Fluffy pillow of carbonation, but it has a touch of hardness, as well. Very soft and slippery upfront, with a deeply quenching juicy hop burst supported by a crisply toasty malt backbone. Unpleasantly metallic and borderline brash, however, with subtle aspirin textures depositing a gritty dryness upon the palate. Gooey, yes, but oppressively sappy. Poignant spiciness comes and goes in a flash, as it’s blanketed by vividly defined toasted malts. Deceptively bitter due to how succulently flavorsome the hop character is, but the metallic notes and raspy aspirin textures wind up tainting some of the brightness. Texture turns to gooey, late in the stage, and exhibits a honey-drizzled apricot sweetness. Finishes fluffily dry with a delayed arrival of grassy bitterness which amplifies the juicy hop oils which deliver a gentle sting to the tip of the tongue. An array of citric hop flavors ensue with each burp. While the metallic notes are somewhat of a detriment, there’s still plenty of cleanly extracted malt flavors to match the refined hop profile which is just bursting with freshness. Tröegs knows how to extract hop flavor like no other. Great stuff. Thanks, richlikebeer.
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body was orange with a slightly off white head. The aroma was oranges and caramel with some bread. The taste had some dry grapefruit and pecans. The body was medium and this is a nicely balanced IPA. However, nothing stood out at me while drinking this one.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Illinismitty! Poured a nice cooper color with a moderate white head. Good lacing down the sides of my PBR goblet. Yeah! Just got the glass today! Aroma is hoppy some slight citrus and pine notes. Flavor is similiar to the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and a lingering bitter finish. Balanced towards the hoppy side just the way I like it!
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There’s nothing much to be said here - they certainly haven’t done anything original, but they sure have made a damn fine standard - truly juicy, as the name suggests - not really citrusy, but certainly fruity - lasting hop impression on the palate - nice.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Amber color with a slight reddish haze. Very good IPA - lots of hop flavor to chew on. Hops are all over the place but are balanced by a sweet malt backbone.