StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Tyranena, June 2006.
Clear and translucent with a bold amber-orange glow and a lovely retaining creamy grey sheaf. Bitter hop surge is at its most prolific forcefulness as it sucker punches the nose. Upon partial recovery, weíre amidst some torn up garden greenery and a mighty herbaceous collection, like a hellstorm rabbit set lose on a bedecked backyard in the country. The nose deciphers dry enzymes and green weed roots, dancing with hard leaf bushels that have been kicked repeatedly to stir up character. A mild, dry, scalped pink grapefruit and orange powder impart a moderately sweet aromatic surge. Take a sip, and holy hell, Iím in heaven. Oily, waxy smear sets loose the orange caramel lozenges. Itís a pineapple and apricot citric showcase, with a relentless bitterness to put-out the palate. Citric greenery is in full array. Peachy-orange combination takes care of additional amplifications. Plant engineering seems to have genetically amplified hop cones and lemongrass to a notch just short of shattering the salvitory barrier. Supple carbonation supports the aggressive showcase. Marmalade coats the tongue- like flavor, like substance - as a tantalizing, sandblasted tongue is still in arrest from the bitch slap it has received. The term "hell yes" comes to mind.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Tyranena. I have to agree with Joel on pretty much all fronts... this was a great beer! Poured a translucent fiery orange with a rosy tint and a short-lived off-white head. Nose was resplendent with juicy Simcoe hops (pineapple and pear), grassy bitter notes, and an underlying sweet caramel foundation. The flavor begins by showcasing juicy pear, grapefruit, and apricot from the Simcoe... leading to a sharp, persistent, and flat out wonderful floral and grassy bitterness that enveloped the palate. This was just decadent. Finish was juicy, bitter, and long... I was burpiní up hops for an hour and a half! Fantastic balance and just enough carbonation. Wow!
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!
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.
arjoseph (642) - 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. Itís been a while since Iíve 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 thatís 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. Thereís 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 (thatís 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. Itís like a stepchild of Hop Whompus: not as malty or as juicy, but with some of the family genes shinning through. Again: dope.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Blake for sharing!
Orangish brown slightly bright color w/ a large bubbled frothy off white to tan head and some nice lacing. Aroma is DELICIOUS. Big hop surge w/ a nice sweet carmel big citrus and hints of pears and sour apples and touches of grass all mixed nicely. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy, very nice w/ a light oily lingering tongue. Flavor is a bit too dry w/ the sweet malts I smelled not showing through nearly as much in the flavor. Some apricots pears and lots of grapefruit w/ touches of grass. Nicely hoppy and quite good.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THANKS 1FASTSTI! Clear copper amber. Soapy thick light-tan head. Grass, scotchy caramel malt, sugar cookies, citrusy flowers.
Great hop flavor matched with an almost overdone amount of malt. Nice fruit... peach (thanks blake for the suggestion). Juicy. Really good beer. I hope the Hop Whore at least matches. Iíd categorize this as a juicy hop candy substyle of IIPA.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growlah shared by Blake. Clear red-amber body, short-lived foamy head. Good aroma - effervescent resinous pine, lemon flesh, and mint. Very appetizing and floral! Great spicy hops in the flavor - yellow pepper, dandelion stem, flower pollen, ruby red grapefruit flesh, and nice honey/caramel malting. Great job! A damm tasty IIPA.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a coppery/brassy body with a thin sheen of a white head. The flavor is strong simcoe hops. Juicy peaches and other citrus. Oranges. Lighly toasted pale malts. Dried papaya. Similar to the BWFH but not nearly as bitter or juicy. Simply different. The aroma is juicy peaches and oranges. Very nice. The palate is bitter, medium bodied. A very good beer.