erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Whaleman! Pours a med-light clear (filtered) amber with a white sticky head. Aroma is med. caramel with a balancing piney resinous hop character. The body is med-light with no astringency. The flavor is very clean with a great balance of caramel malts resiny hops, very little citrus and a nice biscuit quality. No diacetyl. The finish is a very clean bitterness, only med. dry. This is a very well balanced IPA. I was expecting much more as far as the hops were concerned, but this was made in the East and no one could argue that this isn’t a well made beer.
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Oh man, I know already I’m gonna love this. 12 oz. bottle. Pours an attractive, fiery clear copper with a dense off-white head. Intense citrusy, piney and fruity hop aroma. Flavor has base notes of sweet caramel then comes big notes of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit/orange/citrus and a slight touch of vanilla. Pleasantly sweet, expectedly bitter but well-balanced (not harshly bitter). Medium creamy body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Good head retention and spider web lacework left on the glass. Great stuff.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with slob! - Thanks Bert! - Pours a beautiful clear copper color witha nice creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass pretty well. Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit, apricot, some pine. Flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma but still plenty. It starts out very sweet with caramel but that is quickly smothered by pine, grapefruit, and floral flavors. Spicy dry finish. Palate seems almost watery for a beer this big. Alcohol is covered pretty well. A bit too dry for an IPA in my opinion but I can see why the hopheads love this one.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 They should call this "Hop Assault." Super pungent aroma of wet, grassy hops. Filtered, deep golden in color with a nice head and plenty of lace. Taste oozes hops, spicy and citric, orange marmalade and lemon zinger. Spicy, burning hop finish. Not nearly as sweet as the hopback as the hops definitely come to the forefront. A great beer for the hop lovers among us. Many thanks to Zach for hauling this bad boy from PA for me.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear amber, light head, some lacing. Nose of fresh pomello and sweet rich malts, light and hoppy with some hidden notes of spoiled meat, raspberry and jasmine. The flavor is dry and chalky with a pronounced dull puff ball feeling on the palate and mouthfeel. The tail is brief and unappealing. Aside from the smell; subpar. Thanks to kramer17801 for this beer.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clearish darkened oily golden shade shines by the lasting powers of its white film that draws cloud tapestries on the glass sides. Foresty, green hop nose is sweaty, oily, grassy, intense and highly resinous. Limited underlying maltiness does not show a very convincing personality, just clean disposed pale ale malts, but it serves its purpose by allowing the hops to express their dramatic feelings. Boldly orangey, tea-like, earthy, very green. Developping bitterness that installs itself layer after layer from sip to sip. Hidden alcohol, clean fermentation. Medium bodied, fitting active carbonation. Pretty good if not the miracle we were once hearing of.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had very high expectations for this beer. My thoughts all went to the divine 10th Anniversary beer that Troegs brewed for the Drafting Room. It looks quite nice int eh glass. Sparkling clear amber with an off-white head that provides excellent glass lace. The aroma is a thing of beauty: gobs of hops, they are everywhere and permeate the air around. They put one hell of a lot of hops into this one late in the boil. The flavor is nice but not outstanding. More balanced and less bitter than expected given the intesity of the nose. It really is an Imperial Amber ale. Medium bodied with some lively tingly carbonation. Two things stand out to me here: 1) this would make a really nice summer beer and 2) since most of the pleasure is in the nose this one is going to decline quickly as it ages.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn! Pours a light copperish amber with a goopy off-white head with nice lacing. Nose is freakin’ hops! Jesus it’s like sticking your head into a feed bag full of hops. Nose is juicy and fruity with a nice spiciness. Flavor is much the same as the nose, with a nice malty sweetness. Not as bitter as you would think considering the smell. Damn tasty, and freakin’ aromatic. I could turn this into potpouri!
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-Poured a reddish-amber with smells of hop and more hops.The taste was grassy and grapefruity and of course hoppy.Did I say hoppy?
TheEpeeist (3582) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium tannish head. Dark tea colored. Aroma of orangey hops and grapefruit. Starts very bitter and piney but smooths to a bitter orange marmalade. Lip tingling peppery creamsicle with medium body and carb. Tasty but not as refined as some of the high rated IPAs.