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.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque amber color with a small beige head. Resinous hop aroma. Flavor of hops and a little malt. Really long hoppy finish.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Now, if this was a label competition, this has one of the more elegant and beautiful labels Iíve seen in a while, but this is about beer and so itíll be the beer I rate. A cloudy medium copper with very little head. The aroma is limited to a little orange pith with a touch of lemon zest. The maltiness is a flat, insipid caramel that really doesnít do any thing for the hops, or really go with them all that well for that matter. Thereís a suitable bitterness in the middle, but quite frankly, this is probably one of the worst double IPAs Iíve had. Still drinkable but way too boring for the style.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle - Pours cloudy orange with an offwhite rocky head. Aroma is of bitter grapefruit hops. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts but is quickly overwhelmed by the strong grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops. On the palate this seemed almost resinous and wasnít as smooth as other IIPAs Iíve had. The hops dominate a little too much in this one for me. Good, but there are definitely better in the style.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 I love all of these new double IPAs hitting the market, but Two Brothers just never quite get it. I was pretty unimpressed with this beer. Yes it was hoppy, but it was more dry than hop flavor. It did not have nearly the aroma that I expect from this style. I want to like Two Brothers, but it seems as though more times than not I am let down when trying their beers. There are too many exceptional Double IPAs such as Great Divide Hercules or Avery Maharaja to settle for this.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral hop aroma with considerable sweetness; medium strength nose. Thick, oily appearance at the pour. Reddish orange in color with virtually no head. Lots of scary looking particalia floating throughout which may have been exasserbated by its being stored for a couple of days on its side in a cooler. Intimidating. Very strong. I forgot momentarily after opening that Imperial IPAs tend toward 10% ABV and it was a little earlier in the day than I like to start drinking beers of that magnitude. Undercarbonated. I recollect drinking fruit nectars in my youth that were thick and almost pulpy. This brew, although not that thick, is hop nectar. Well balanced. Better than I thought it would be. Has somewhat of a cask feel to it from the lower carbonation. Very solid.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
caramel color, head is almond colored, thin, mostly lasting.aroma is strong on citrus hops (grapefruit), with buttery toffee malts. flavor is very earthy with a moderate grapefruit bite to it. moderate notes of pine in the finish. pretty good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very hazy orange brown color with a quickly diminishing off white head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, crust. Grassy hops running underneath. Starts with a short lived flavor of sweet malt followed by plenty of piney hop flavors trough the long moderately bitter but well balanced finish.