1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a nice glowing amber body with lots of visible carbonation. Nice very thick creamy/frothy white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet grapefruit, delicately balanced pine, nectarines. Very nice. Haven’t smelled another IPA that smells quite like this. Curious balance of hops. The flavor is a nice pine and sweet maltyness. Grapefruit and other mysterious flavors. Perhaps juniper berries? The palate leaves a nice light resin feel on the mouth. Slick mouthfeel. Quite a good IPA.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bam! Nice and hoppy everywhere. The aroma reeks of citrusy and floral like hops that carry through with a punch in the flavour. This isn’t a runious bitter hops flavour, rather it is a well calculated IPA that is big and tasty with the right mix of hops.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After trying to find this in stores, and then having no luck with trades (didnt try hard), my dad got this for my in PA. Pours out dark yellow in color. Smells like a hop. Pure and simple. Grassy and citrus flavor yeilds to a nice malty balance as it warms. Very easy to drink, too easy probably. Reminds me of Hop Wallop except its better. Pretty good, wish this brewery distributed down to NC.
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 Re-rate, bottle, 1/08: My most favorite experience so far. Nearly identical observations as last year, and again my only thought was that the malt support could have been a tad stronger. Other than that, a beauty, wonderful blend of citrus, sweet malts (crystal in there?), mangos, everything just so wonderful. Re-rate, bottle, 2/07: No wet dog this time around, just a great blend of resinous/piney and citrous hops, citrus rinds all the way around in the aroma and flavor. Only slight knock on this was the absence of more malt character underneath, especially this touting its being an imperial amber instead of a plain old IPA. Numbers getting bumped up, just wish it had more body / malt complexity. Orignial rating: This is a dIPA in my book, practically speaking. Poured a somewhat pale amber color with a nice thin head that didn’t dissipate at all. Great lacing in rings and lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer for the duration. Aroma was of pine and unfortunately some sort of wet dog type scent. I shrugged my shoulders and almost cried, but proceeding forward found a nice flavor profile of a dIPA: caramel and sweet malts with definite hop presence: pine, citrous, and resinous hops with a nice and assertive bitterness. Done very well, backbone not too sticky or sweet (or not too much caramel either). Mouthfeel was on par for the style in terms of body, but a bit more carbonated than other dIPAs.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp complex hop aroma, which settles into a more mellow floral and malt fragrance, also get this distinct apricot overtone, light amber gold color, taste is mostly mild flavoring citrusy(grapefriut, apricot) on soft malt backbone,I really didn’t get a lot of the bittering sensation,tastey light delicious
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with a nice creamy white-tan head that last. Aroma is full of pine and some resinous character. Flavor: Some malty softness initially, then dominated by hop bitterness. Hop flavor is subtle. Finishes very bitter and dry and last for a few minutes after. My tongue is still tingling. Maybe a little oxidation in this bottle. Some alcohol warmth evident. Overall, a decent beer dominated by bitterness. I like it, but there are better tasting hop-centered beers out there.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange color with a decent thick head. This beer has a great balance of flavors dominated by hops but also a subtle sweetness and fruity taste. Wonderful fullness in body and taste makes this a top rated IPA that even dark beer drinkers would enjoy.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beer! Pours an orange color with a thick white head. There’s a strong note of grapefruit in the aroma with a piney backbone. That smell does nothing to let on the hop explosion you get in the flavor. The flavor is absolutely loaded with fresh green hop flavors. Piney as all hell with just a hint of citrus at the end. Absolutely wonderful and fresh tasting. Troegs did a fantastic job of keeping it real here. Using more hops in this beer than a lot of DIPAs but taking care not to make things too malty or too high in alcohol really allows you to appreciate the extreme amount of hops. I love this beer.
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Thanks to whoever gave me this at the DLD06 gathering at the Hampton Inn. bright orange with a nice fluffy white head. The head was delayed at first, then formed after the entire beer was poured. nose is a hop boquet to be reconed with-resinous, green, lightly spicy, pine, and lots of grapefruit. somewhat earthy tones (fresh hops?). flavors are well balanced between lightly sweet and toasted malts with an onslaught of resinous/earthy/pine hops. Very nice! Body is medium with proper carbonation and feel. finish was lively green and piney with lingering grapefriut and other citrus notes. very nice!
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this 12oz bottle at Total Wine in McLean, VA. Pours a hazy orangy color with a nice frothy head. Floral hops aroma with a tangy citrus kick to it. Chewy taste, with some piney hops and light citrus notes. Dry finish, leaving you wanting more.