WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As far as IPAs go, this one was certainly not one of the greats. It really seemed to lack in anyn body or character beyond the hop profile. While I love the hoppy brews, this just didn’t have much else going for it.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark golden/orange with off white head. Lots of resiny hops, very bitter hop esters, very extract like. Flavor is all hops through and through almost no malt for balance whatsoever. Great hop profile just lacks malt and body. Just o.k. IMO.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Powdery, vitamin-like hop aroma, with hints of pine, lemon and grapefruit. The smell if soft, lke a pillow, not expressive like the best Double IPA’s. Nice mouthfeel. The flavor is, well, like a high alcohol 1.25 IPA. Not very hoppy, considering the potency and style, in the mouth, this is equally as malty as it is hoppy. Butter toffee, toffee and caramel flavors, while the hops accent the finish, with a fine pine-like, bitter hop finish.
Ernest (7121) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted bread), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Poorly balanced, boring and one-dimensional.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head. Clear dark orange. Aroma is citrus hops, lots of alcohol. Taste is caramel, toffee, big bitter hops and of course alcohol. Finish is bitter and alcoholic, dry. A ho-hum beer, too alcoholic.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle from Sams in Chicago (Oct 2005), cellar temperature in a tulip. Lasting slight off-white cap topping a clear coppery body with hints of watermelon...big PNW nose, though hardly a "blast" or "assault", with lots of vanilla-caramel in there as well...very sweet, tending toward syrupy in its initial entrance, but big citrusy/sprucy bitterness bursts forth quickly and in the process dries out the finish and wipes out the sweetness, leaving a tingly but vaguely unsatisfied conclusion with hints of cardboardiness and stale rye...doesn’t really work for me, alas.
Frank (3811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Carefully poured but still hazy orange. Perhaps a half inch of head that diminishes to a small ring in a few moments. Nose is rather malty for a beer called hop juice, nutty w/ some mango and lemon notes. Nicely bitter but definitely on the mild side, a fruity hop presence w/ a striking resemblance to Lipton’s Brisk Iced Tea. Slight alcoholic dryness but well hidden. This actually doesn’t come across as a big beer--the flavors are there, they just need to assert themselves.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with plenty of yeasty sediment. A good amount of citrus and pine in the aroma and taste. A good amount of bitterness and hops in the aftertaste. It is not on the same level as other double IPA’s if had but still a very enjoyable beer.
hotstuff (4730) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a small sized ivory head, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, yeasty, cloudy, no visible carbonation, and a brown hue. Sweet, hoppy nose. Flavor was sour and hoppy. Dry, very tingly, hoppy palate. Medium body. Very hoppy aftertaste.
Maddog (500) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer with a wonderful, floral hop nose and a decent body. However, for a double IPA, it needs to blow me away, and this one fell a little short. Would be a great IPA. Contained good aroma and good flavor hops, but the bittering hops were not up to snuff.