obxdude10 (2107) - 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 (8497) - 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.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Light copper color with a bubbly, smaller yet thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, fruity, and lots of citrus and floral hops. Taste starts off smooth with sweet malt and fruit. It grows a bit into a dry, citrus hop tail. Crisp finish, nice IPA. Hops certainly could have been more intense, thus the rating could have been higher. Thanks DocLock for sending this one.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Styles. Porued a slight murky golden color with carb bubbles also a short white head. Aroma of hops, lemon, and apples. The taste is of lemons and apples with a hoppy finish. Very well put together.
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is all citrus hoppy goodness. Pours golden amber with a small white head. They call this thing an imperal amber ale, interesting. Taste is suprisingly sweet for such a "hoppy" beer. Mouthfell is really nice as it lets you know ther is somebody behind this thing. I liked it.