morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a 12 oz bottle of this. It’s a hoppy ale that’s pretty strong, but well balanced. There is no noticible alcohol to this, but it’ll sneak up on you after a few. With this beer, they are well on their way to making a nice double IPA.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4/20/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained as a generous gift from egajdzis on RateBeer 3/25/06. Small, soapy, fluffy and loose, cream-orange head atop a luminescent orange marmalade body. Unimpressive head retention and broken, sloppy lacing, but the color and clarity are preeminent. Aroma is extremely prominent, leaping out of the glass with citrus zest in a gummy sweetness-- Juicy Fruit and juicy fruit. Some pine and orange oil, but the malts are sadly lacking. Only fuzzily predicting bitterness with orange essence and a touch of sour-salty weirdness. It’s so forward and interesting that it’s hard not to rave about it, but it’s not really my cup of tea either. Flavor is similarly underwhelming-but-interesting for me, with honey biscuits and a bit of straw, hops that are simultaneous juicy and too plant-like (so much so that there’s almost a vegetal flavor to it). The mediocre malt backbone disappears quickly and unceremoniously, leaving just a numbing sensation with a buzzing dryness and hop sizzle. Starts out very promising with the first whiff of that aroma, but each new swig grows sorrowfully more bland. Finish contains some of that collard greens vegetal quality too (or *lack* of quality, more like). Medium-full body that is hard to place with the resinous hop hum creating a constant barrier that surrounds the tongue and deprives it of sensation. I guess there’s not much alcohol apparency, but when there’s not much malt apparency either it’s hard for me to get excited about the lack of alcohol. A big disappointment, but I certainly intend to give it another shot down the road to see if I’m as underwhelmed as I was this go-’round.
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 12oz. bottle. Dark golden color with a small white head. Deep sweet pine hoppy aroma with some caramel and a vegetal spiciness. Mellow nutty and caramel malt flavors with a tangy sweet hop character. Rounded sweet mellowness in the finish, some residual tanginess. Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth, almost oily.
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from trade with Nejhleader. Real good nose, sweet. Pine, orange, little nuttiness/yeasty notes as it warms, toffee. Clean lite reddish orange, ok head that quickly faded to a ring. Bittersweet flavor, grapefruit kicks in, like aroma otherwise. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter gf finish. Tasty brew. Had a sample at Extreme fest, but had stopped taking notes. Impy amber indeed.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean copper orange body with a thick off-white foam. Nose is hoppy and somewhat vegatable-like. Full bodied with flavors of bitter earthy hops with some bread, horseblanket, and tomato guts. All of that said...I really dig this beer.
thehinge (266) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lively orange pour with a white head. Bready aroma that I’m not in love with.
It doesn’t lace much and appears to a little thin. Love it’s balance though....piney on the front end with a good hop bitterness in the finish. This one is for hopheads.
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a large, sticky head. The aroma is nicely hoppy and tingles the sinuses a bit. The flavor is less in-your-face than expected. There’s a bit of an egg-custard aroma under the hops. The bitterness tingles the tongue in a pleasant way, but is less assertive than expected. The maltiness is a nice caramel, but seems a bit one-dimensional and slightly candy-like.
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is wonderfully plesant - big thick aroma, heavy sweet sour flavour, wonderffullly creamy head and body, just really really well done.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium-amber color. Creamy off-white head.
Hop aroma… piney cascade that have some stemmy edges that dry out the aroma.
Nice hop flavor… a little grainy with some orange citrus and pine hops. Very smooth and creamy... nice balance.
This is a pretty good IPA, but seems to have a lot of hype.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - APR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a standard hop juice that is nicely done. huge grapefruit aroma and hops flavor.