kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mode: Hand Bottled
clear dark amber, sweet grapefruit aroma, big bitter and sweet flavor, nice carmel sweetness, lasting bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery, pint glass. Dope. It’s been a while since I’ve had an IIPA this good. Pours with a fluffy taupe head that diminishes to a dusting with a thick island and ring. Transluscent ruby orange with no visible carbonation. Lace is a thin grainy sheet that’s thicker at the top than it is closer to the surface, where it crumbles away leaving an arch on the glass. Smells like a grapefruit you just cut open after leaving it in the attic for a night: musty, and not quite fresh citrus. There’s also cardamom and an impression of very light, airy bread. Taste is Simcoe hops from the start, transitioning to a great combination of bitting earthy bitter (that’s only faintly metallic) with the expansive juicy citrus hop character, which rides a subtlely caramel and saltine malt base. Well balanced. The earthy bitter makes the finish delightfully dry and chewy after the juicy flavors die out, and the milky carmel persists to add a lactic sweetness to the end. The mouthfeel is perfect, refreshingly medium in body with carbonation soft enough to allow the juiciness to expand in the mouth. It’s like a stepchild of Hop Whompus: not as malty or as juicy, but with some of the family genes shinning through. Again: dope.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ala Blake. Amber color with a small lid of off-white bubbles. Peaches and pine aromas. Caramel and honey flavors mingle with some pine and light fruit. Fairly light in feel, but still silky and smooth.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to 1FastSti for sharing this at the Tosa tasting. Aroma is just loaded with pine resin and light tropical fruits. Golden-orange in color with a thin head. Sweet flavor initially then a ton of pine and fruity flavor that blends in a balanced bitterness. Full and creamy body with a drier finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-bottle thanks to 1FastSTi: Poured a clear dark golden amber color. Hop foward aroma of citrus and floral notes. The malt peaks out underneath. Flavor of malt mixed with piney hops that starts from the very begining. Medium bodied. Very tasty.
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006
Thanks go to Blake for picking this up from Lake Mills a few days ago. It was not fresh from the keg, but it seemed to hold up well enough that I still enjoyed it. Hopefully they’ll have it again so I can compare it to what I had.
Aroma / Appearance - Very hoppy, resinous scent reminded me of walking through a pine forest during a time when trees are dropping their needles. The clear golden body had a nice, but extremely short lived, white head which enticed me to take a sip. There was not much carbonation but that could be due to the age of the growler as much as the beer itself, so I won’t fault it for that. If a fresh sample was this dead though it should be knocked down a tenth of a point.
Flavor / Palate - Hot and hoppy, this was still somehow easy to drink. Despite the intense initial rush of alcohol once it settled down it become simultanouesly sweet and bitter. The combination impressed me - if this is what Simcoe can do, I look forward to trying more things with it in the future from local brewers.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled from a growler thanks to 1FastSTI Dark copper color, no head. Aroma is grapefruit, sweet, and resiounous. Brew is lacking in carbonation as expected. Flavor is sweet, lots of citrus and piney simcoe goodness.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer awhile ago, but didnt think it would be on here. Golden color. Smell of malt, hops, small hints of pine and sweet grapes. Tasted very hoppy and could taste a wonderful sweet bitterness. It also tasted a little like grape juice. I liked this beer alot. Had this in a growler at the Blessing of the Bock.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand-bottle sample thanks to 1FastSTi: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of lots of fresh piney hops and good, sweet caramel malty balance. Starts with a nice sweet caramel maltiness and a good, fresh flavor hoppy balance. Lots of sweet and bitter flavors throughout with good drinkability. Not as big as some of its counterparts, but still a very nice double IPA.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice clear copper color with a small head.Has a great hoppy/caramel malt aroma to it,almost like bitter woman.Nice big caramel malt flavor followed by a nice bitter piney hop bite.This is a great footprint for the hop whore!