tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Served at 55*F. Pours copper with orange and yellow hues. Nice big resinous white head that clings to the side of my glass. I have all kinds of yeast floating in my glass though. I donít care for that. No mention of bottle conditioning on the bottle. You can smell the hop resin. I love that. Loads of sweet caramel malts. Alcohol is in the distance. The hop flavor and malt backbone work great together. The bitterness is quite smooth. JMerritt says that is no way this thing has 110 IBUs. Iím with him.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark coppery brown with a small white head. Grapefruit and vanilla cookie aroma, a pretty even mix of the two, with a hint of alcohol burn towards the end. Moderate hop citrisiness with quite a bit of fortune cookie, some raisins and roasted nuts. I was impressed by the balance of malt to hops in this so-called double IPA. In all honesty, it is probably closer to a "regular old" IPA. I donít have my scientific instrumentation at hand, but my tongue says that there is no way this is 100 IBUs.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After having a few beers that were head heavy, this was a nice change of pace. A rough pour gave it a small head then went down to just a ring on the side of the glass by the time it took to type this. The beer itself it a nice murky dark orange with some particles floating within. The aroma is a hay-like floral smell, not as much citrus as some, but good nonetheless. The flavor for this has a real malty characteristic before the hop assult comes. Even when the lemony and sweetness comes at you, there is still a taste of some serious lingering around. The hoppiness isnt too brutal on this beer, which is really pleasing. The mouthfeel for this is really calm and soothing, very viscous.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz- Aroma is straight up floral hops. Pours a murky copper with medium quickly dissapating head and little lacing. Flavor is not as intense as the aroma, but still pretty damn hoppy. A bit of carmel malt to try and balance it doesnít work real well. That leaves it sharp and tart with a sticky palate. Not bad, but nothing special compared to other IIPAís
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fresh American hop aroma, although it lacks intensity for a DIPA, moderate fruitiness, a whiff of alcohol. Hazy orange amber, almost no head, bottle looked to have about a half inch of sediment. Very hoppy flavor, grassy, citrusy, resiny, very bitter, just enough to caramel. Medium body, a little hop-derived astringency, wet finish. A double IPA with the feel of a single - light body and low intensity for the style, easier drinking than most DIPAs.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unfiltered orange. Vanishing foam yields webby lace. Dull aroma comprised of apricots and orange pith. Subtly phenolic and toasty. Soft bodied, but dryly prickly. Salty-edged pine flavored hops sting the sides of the tongue. Heavily oily. Soft whispers of floral hops and resin act as a brief deterrent to the body-lessening citric acidity which soon runs rampant. Trace oxidation is already apparent. Oversweet tandem of sugared orange pith brashness and honeyed toast. Simplistic, highly anticlimactic finish of apricot marmalade swirled with grated orange peels and hardening chalk touches. Burps produce a redeeming orange blossom brightness to an otherwise largely dull hop display. Typically unadventurous (as far as DIPAís are concerned) all-around: Poorly concealed alcohol, very little beneath the citrus-prevalent hop nose, lackluster/prickly mouthfeel, and and not enough malt to shape the brash/poorly utilized hop flavors. Although this doesnít come off as being 100 IBUís, itís further proof that it does take serious craftsmanship to brew something this hoppy with finesse.
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a thick looking orange with a small head. Aroma was great! Lots of strong pine and citrus with a nice mellow malty backbone. Flavor is a bit thin on this one but there the hops still make an appearance. Probably not the best IIPA out there but it will satisify you hop crave.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really liked this label - the pliers squeezing the hop cone - nice! Smelled great - strong pine resin/grapefruit with hints of sweet juicyfruit. Body was kind of thick, very smooth, not a syurpy body thank goodness. I thought this had a nice balance between the malt and hop. Finish was juicy hops. It was tasty, but it sure didnít seem like 100 IBUís.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bomber pours a hazy glowing orange color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, not syrupy like most double IPAs, finishes with a lingering bitterness, alcohol very well hidden for almost 10%.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dirty, dark orange/red color topped with a fast dissapating head. Some sticky lacing. Resiny citrus-like aroma with lots of juciy malts backing it up. Malts remind me of a barleywine. Smooth mouthfeel. Very dense flavors, with loads of malty sweetness. Drys out on the finish with very bitter, citric hops. Straight forward and tasty, if not simplistic.