jstraw (1917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at Jerryís. Amber with big, foamy beige head / Nose of dry hops, brown sugar, and grapefruit / Medium body, somewhat sweet and creamy, with potent hops balanced by enough malts, and with long, biting finish / Flavors of grapefruit, orange, cut pine, burnt sugar, violets, and oak / Outstanding stuff, and the touch of oak works.
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle from Binnyís, Naperville.
Fresh hop, almost fruity flavor. Fantastic aroma and appearance. Whatever I received was incredibly fresh, and absolutely delicious. Although, I donít find it tastes a whole lot like heavy handed ipa.
paulwastaken (17) - - APR 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic beer. Bought the over sized bottle from a local Costco. Extremely smooth and great taste.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy reddish/mahogany color with a sticky white head. Aroma is dominated by pine and grapefruit notes with of caramel underneath it. Taste is dominated by hop bitternesss but balanced nicely but not completely by caramel malt. Finishes very short but sweet, literally.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding IPA,. Pours a dark hazy orange, great head. Aroma is hop tones but lightly subdued. A familiar hop nose(cascade?) The taste is extremely well balanced between the obvous malt presence and the hop. Finish crisp and bitter!!
574deadzone (1027) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Happy full moon. Pours an awesome glowing bronze with a thick off-white head that leaves some sticky, intricate lace. Nose involves a big dose of pine resin, some orange and grapefruit citrus, some grassiness, marmalade, apricot and peach, floral notes, some light honey, biscuit, and toasted malt notes. Fairly sweet, lightly tart, and quite bitter. Medium toward full bodied, oily, fair carb, juicy, sticky, a touch soapy, with a lingering drying bitter and juicy citrus tart finish. Enjoying the balance, and the exuberant fresh hop notes. Iíve said juicy like three times now, but thatís whatís going on. Incredibly fresh tasting, very rewarding. This yearís version involves locally grown Illinois hops, and Iím pretty impressed with how it turned out.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can smell the resin from the hops while pouring - what a potent aroma. Smells just like the Willamette hopka I made a few months ago. A clear ruddy brown with white head and gorgeous carbonation in my petrus chalice. A wonderfully sweet body with one of the best hop-malt balances Iíve experienced in an IIPA in well nigh a year. The finish intermingles sweet and bitter for several minutes all with a resin flavor that just seems to coat my mouth.
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is earthy notes of wood and hops. Flavor is some of the most savory hops,I have had the pleasure of tasting. It had a very light citrus taste and a bitter lemon like finish. The wood notes are subtle but present and make this something well worth the experience.
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Slightly cloudy amber pour with a medium off white head with good lacing. Aromas of pine and soy sauce. Sweet, slightly toasty malts with a complex and strong hop profile. This is...just great.
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours reddish with thick yellowish head. Aroma is complex initial hops citus and pine but swirl the glass and a musty wood surfaces that masks a soft sweetness. Taste is hop punch followed with smokey sweetness. The oak aged doesnt seem to soften the hop flavor like some of the other oak aged. Instead it adds some subtle charred flavors like charcoal to a steak. Finish is smooth at first and then bitter dry mouth tongue tingle. I like this a lot