thedm (5800) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of fine to large sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was filled with yeast floaties and light yellow brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of malty hoppy mild . Its mouth feel is initially very tingly smooth with a lingering tingly palate and a slightly acidic hoppy aftertaste. Its flavor contained thick hoppy notes.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear amber colored beer. The aroma is fittingly hoppy, with notes of astringent citrus mixed with an herbal pine scent. Underneath this is a sweet malt character that reminds me a bit of orange scented caramel, but also some lightly toasted malty notes as well.
The taste is soft and creamy (which may be because I served this at a cool 58*F), and has a malty sweetness to it that carries through almost to the finish, which is dominated by bitterness and an herbal citrus character. This beer is fairly light on the palate, which is good because I don’t always enjoy the thicker Double IPAs. There is a long, lingering bitter astringent note in the finish, which is actually not too strong such that it actually works quite well, especially with the upfront hop fruitiness and the sweet malt character.
This is a pretty decent example of a Double IPA; it is well balanced between the body (on the lighter side) and the hop character which is not too dominating as to be undrinkable. There is also a surprising amount of malt character here as well, and I would even swear that there was a bit of aged malt notes (perhaps a hint of sherry), but it is still fairly subtle and just adds a bit of complexity. Overall this is quite enjoyable, and definitely worth trying if you like excessive hops.
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brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sadly, I do not remember who sent me this one. Thank you though. Pours very clear copper-orange color with no head. You can smell the stuff from across the room the minute the bottle is opened. My wife noted that though she does not like this kind of beer, that it smelled great the whole time I was enjoying it. Medium hopy pine aroma with sweet malt, alcohol and minerals (the aroma only improves and deepens as the brew continues to warm). Nice flavors. Fruity and spruce hops with some minerals intertwined. Some amount of sweet caramel malt but it is quickly eclipsed by the dry woody tasting finish. Medium carbonated body. A bit chewy at first but ends lightly woody and dry. I enjoyed this, though I felt it could have used a bit more malt to hold up the hops.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 100 ibus.Pours orange with slight haze, and very little head. Strong hop and citrus aroma. Medium to full body, with little carbonation.Flavor has some slight sweetness, but this is a dIPA and is dominated by hops. Texture is a tad watery At the back of the tongue it is warm and peppery.Hoppy finish with a hint of alcohoal, and the hops linger nicely. Nice beer, but not as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA. But I commend any brewery who makes a drinkable diPA.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a dark orange with a light fizzy head and tons of floating yeast.
Strong hops and citrus aroma.
Flavor is strong citrus, caramel, grapefruit and hops.
Alcohol is very well hidden.
Nice strong hopy finish.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Real good citrus hop aroma. Body had a copper color to it along with a good off white head. Particles were floating arround in the glass instead of carbination bubbles. Medium to full bodied hop citrus flavor. Dry palate with this one.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I really wanted to love this beer. The label is great to start. Secondly, it poured this amazing opaque orange with very little head and tons of lacing. And third, the smell hits my nose with an orgasmic sweet flowery hop smell that just drives me crazy. There is very little carbonation and feels flat and stale in the mouth. I kept smelling and smelling as I was drink to try to liven up the texture but it wouldnít work. It is almost soupy on the palate and would probably taste better at room temperature. The only highlight of the taste is the brewers yeast and hops that finally give back some sort of texture out of th bland body. It wasnít completely terrible, the flavor was unique and extremely hoppy, but it just didnít drink like I though or enjoyed.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Very cloudy dark amber color with smallish white head. Aroma is full of resiny, citrusy hops, with hints of caramel and cherry. Flavor is hoppy, dry, citrusy, herbal, notes of honey and caramel.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright, apple-hued glow. Mellow carbonation; soft texture. Chewy-sweet caramel malt flavors. Grassy bitterness. Dripping with pine juice. Overall, kind of stark and odd in some ways; flavors and aromas didnít seem to meld very well. All right beer, but nothing special.
WabashMan (1024) - 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 didnít have much else going for it.