Arayaga2 (1898) - 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 (7453) - 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 (2111) - Pottstown, 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 (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 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.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Draft at Capone’s. Clear amber/orange with a medium head. The most fragrant IPA I’ve run across. Citrus and pine and lot of tropical fruit. It smells like your putting the freshly crushed hop flowers under your nose. Fairly balanced with caramel and biscuit, but they are definitely not the stars here.
The picture on the label says it all. You really have to try this fresh. It’s like hop-nugget nectar. Heaven.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got some sweet malts and citrus hops in the aroma.Pours an orange/copper with a thin white head.Get lots of citrus fruits in the flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a citrus finish.
Illinest (14) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap in the tasting room.
Troeg’s best brew, I think. Not a true IPA. They call it an Imperial amber, which is probably a better description. It’s close to an IPA sort of flavor, but it’s a little bit sweeter, with ’pilsner, vienna, and munich’ malts according to the brew sheet.
I REALLY like this one.