RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a caramelly burnt orange with a small white head that fades to a ring somewhat soon. Aroma of grapefruit, apricot, fruit punch (definitely some pineapple), caramel, cotton candy, and a sort of burnt sugar thing. Flavor is both sweet and hoppy with brown sugar, caramel, white chocolate, bread dough, grapefruit, fruit punch, and perfume. Finishes pretty dry with a mixture of toast, grapefruit, tropical gum and bitter ash. Thick and slightly sticky with a slick uncreamy texture. The heat is present. Thankfully I like sweet beers, and the malt flavors are good, but the hops don’t seem right. Too tropical, not flavorful enough, too much ashy bitterness in the end....It’s got some good points and some bad points.
slowrunner77 (7238) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"not sure how to score this one. it was a huge beer, for starters. thick, sticky, sweet...but also bitter enough to get you right in the jaw. i think i sprouted some new chest hairs while drinking this monster. a little too overboard with the aggressiveness on all sides, but also a unique beer I’d have again."
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Not bad. A bit of grapefruit, some pine, and some grass. Decent balance, though a bit on the bready side for me. One of the many nice brews that Rebecca brought back with her from CO in 2010.
jandd1983 (3192) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a clear orange/amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, orange, earthiness and some pine. The taste was medium bodied and crisp with flavors of caramel, orange, earthiness and some pine with a smooth moderatley bitter finish.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the brewpub.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Similarly to the Hoppy Boy, the aroma of this beer is very disappointing. The malt presence is very strong with hints of biscuit, toffee and caramel, overpowering the faint hop presence. Subtle earthy grass and pine notes and very faint citrus rind.
Medium bodied with a touch of dry, bitter hops which are quickly countered by the strong malt backbone. Slightly sticky with hints of grass and pine but again, the hop presence is pretty weak. Lots of sweet malt flavor especially caramel, toffee and biscuit. Not as bad as Hoppy Boy but very disappointing.
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 44°. Color is an orange amber with good carbonation and a tight head. Aroma is hop with citrus and pine notes. Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Flavor comes in rich with toffee and a touch of fruit, next the hops jump in with citrus, pine and pepper. In the after taste the bitterness grows a bit and the citrus lingers. Overall its a good Imperial IPA, bold without overdoing it.
Sledutah (6097) - Utah, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle (9% abv) from SuperMarket liquors on Fort Collins
Appearance: Pours clear golden/amber with a nice big off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit and citrus
Taste: Fruity and oily pine resin finish
Wow, a very good IIPA. Just the way I like them, hoppy, the way a IIPA should be.
drjay44 (2997) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. 9% ABV per the label. This is apparently a changed recipe from the original. Pours a medium, long lived off white head, with some lacing, over a very slightly hazy, amber (SRM 8) body...nose is heavy pine, citrus, lighter toffee/caramel, slight floral honey tones.....taste is sweet malts with toffee/caramel to start, then medium to heavy pine, grapefruit peel, and additional citrus notes arrive, later licorice and pineapple tones show, finishing with a lingering bitter finish....mouth feel is medium and slightly sticky, carbonation adds a creamy texture. It is imperative to not serve this too cold!!! Please, allow it to warm for best enjoyment. It is not as nuanced as the best in this style, but as it warms towards cellar temperature it opens up and becomes almost delicious. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a smallish frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is some sweet bready caramel malt with a little fruit (slightly rotten) and some soapy minty hops.
The flavor is sweet burnt caramel malts with some off tasting fruit and buttered popcorn that leads to a big bitter finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, not a very good DIPA. There’s lots of bitterness, but lots of off-notes too.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: clear tangerine/rubies/garnets with a bubbly collar. Swirls bubbly; no lace or head.
Nose: malty, a little soapy, and a little swampy. Orangesicles, orangecello, and orange cough syrup. Cherry syrup with that hard boozy heat in the back. Sticky pine saps and intense orange oils.
Palate: sticky, sappy, and piney. Hard abrasive orange oils and bitter waxy dry orange skins linger long and hard on tongue. Not so good, hard. Pine cleaner, varnish, wax. Abrasive pine tree bark.
Final Thoughts: very unimpressive and in the end, undrinkable. Tasted enough to get my notes but this poor lass spent the last of his tasting proportions rushing down the drain to wherever the bad beers go.
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Rudolph Throwdown-thanks to hopscotch-22oz bottle-pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is resin, wood, some fruit, secondary light/medium malt. Taste is resin hops bite, wood, secondary sweet light/medium malt-caramel.