Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and just a touch of pine. Everything I like about an IPA. Pours bronze with a big bubbly head. Tastes of pine with hints of the grapefruit. Not as sweet as it smells but quite amazing. nice one, troeggs.
Ernesto987 (4457) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great success by troegs. Hop nose, light malts in flavor with bright strong citrusy hops in flavors. Very light hoppy finish. No bittering in finish, the way I like my pale ales.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is earthy, rsiny and citrus, but has a damp basment sort of thing. Vague burnt aroma. Definitely get whole leaf hops. The appearance is amber/yellow, but unusual for this type, more gold than amber. The flavor is earthy, resiny, some metal. Slightly thinner than medium in body. The finish is a strong and enduring panoply of hops, mainly resin, some citrus and flowers as well. I don’t like it as much as I thought. It reminds me of Oscar Blues Gubna, where the dry hopping gave the beer an odd aroma and flavor. Maybe laying this down ffor a while would be good.
MaBeer1972 (1419) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear medium gold with good frothy head. Aroma of burnt rubber and grapefruit. Flavors of grapefruit in the foam, but more bitter with the liquid. More sweet burnt rubber notes. Very bitter and sticky finish. I am not that impressed.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange-yellow, puffy white cover. Aroma is a nice floral, citrus, light spicy hop aroma over a backbone of sweet candy, toast, light caramel malts. Taste is a sweet toffee malt, followed by all the same hop flavors, very light bitter. Good stuff.
JStax (3551) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Appearance is a hazy copper with a quickly diminishing white head. Splotchy lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is resin, herbs, and spruce with a light, biscuity malt presence buried in there. Taste is herbal citrus with a bitter and resinous middle. After a long dry finish, and aftertaste of light biscuits and nuts shows up. This one is definitely a nice beer. I hope Troegs decides to make this a little more than a one-off.
bierkitty (167) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scored the last four bombers from our local Weis Market. Awesome citrus aroma from a frothy golden amber pour. Flavor was a mouthful of hops.....citrus, grassy, piney, herbal......slightly sweet malty amber flavor, tastes a lot like Hopback but nothing wrong with that. I was not disapointed!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
incredibly fresh bomber. The pour yields a mostly clear, medium-dark, golden amber body with a small, frothy, off-white head. The foam collapses down to a small but extremely bubbly layer, coating the glass in dense, banded swaths of hard, sticky lace. Though the nose is clearly well hopped, it also sports ample malt balance. Notes of tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit all make themselves known. There’s also a slight hint of tropical fruit character in there, perhaps some pineapple. Malts are big, clean, and bready, hinting at sweet rising dough and blonde toffee. A deep inhale reveals some warming alcohol that I could certainly do without. Flavors largely follow suit, showing bitter notes of tangerine and grapefruit pith, tangy-sweet dried pineapple, and hints of peppery grass. The malts start out semi-sweet, bready, and yeasty, but it is not long before the alcohol sweeps in to clear off most of the residual sugar. The palate is medium-full in stature, showing crisp, lively carbonation that fights its way through the dense sugars and clears the way for resinous, biting hops to intensify their hold on the tongue. Hops go long on the finish. Alcohol is a little bit stronger than I’d like, but it’s passable. Overall, it’s a nicely constructed brew. I see what they mean with the Imperial Pale moniker, as the hop intensity doesn’t quite match that of some of the hop bomb IIPA’s. The bready, doughy malts do a nice job of keeping things balanced without showing over-the-top sweetness. Good stuff.
pineypower (2691) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a well carbonated amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of juicy citrus and pine hops and some light malty balance. Taste is very nice hops, pine, citrus and light tropical fruit notes, a lot of hop profiles going on, with a very nice level of bitterness. Some light malty notes creep in there, but never take over, as they shouldn’t, the hops take center stage and really shine on this one. Tasty.
johnbuck100 (248) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap (keg lasted less than 24 hours) at anne baileys, lancaster, and also 22 oz bomber. wonderful cirtus aroma and beautiful golden amber pour. delicious blend of big hops and bigger hops. Another great IPA from one of the most accomplished IPA (OK Imperial Pale Ale) brewers on the east coast. Well done!