LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured great. Growing white fluffy, thick head. Clear amber color with tiny cascading bubbles rising to the top.Hoppy, piney aroma, but not as strond as I expected. A spicy, sweet malt flavor with tons of hop aftertaste. This is great, but could be better balanced.
ElGaucho (2209) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 3/22/06 Re-rate: Draught Bryant Lake Bowl, MN. Reminds me of Mendocino Whitehawk IPA. Sweet, somewhat metallic. Not sure I love it. 4.5 for original rating may be high. Clear dark gold. Small, slightly off-white head. nice lace. Fresh, fruity aroma, although not very hoppy. Had it after Surly Furious and this was more refined. 11/24/04: Fresh, hoppy aroma. Some pine. Clear as a bell body. Slow visible carbonation. Very nice lace. Gold in color. White head, small. Very rich, robust. Hoppy, piney. Wonderful. This is very close to my ideal, perfect beer. Tastes somewhat like Mojo IPA, but this is better. Ar 8, Ap 4, Fl 9, Pal 5, Ov 19.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rather pleasant IPA. Sweet fragrant hops that have a touch of a kick but are not so overpowering that they ruin the beer. It should be noted that I normally hate IPA’s but did enjoy this one.
alehead (17) - womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Victory rocks my socks!! They CAN NOT make a bad beer if they tried.first off, this is my first tasting of an imperial IPA. I bought a case and it ran me 31 bucks and some change. This is very nice tasting...although i don’t agree with ratebeer on this one. this tastes more like an imperial pils to me. i have never had an imperial pils, but i have had prima pils, and this hop wallop tastes like a kicked up version of the prima with more sweet malt. maybe it’s the hops. tastes like the same hops from the prima. amazingly, no one here seems to share the same opinion. if you like the prima and the hop devil,(which i know you do...duh!)...you will definately like this. the hops are definately there, but not overwhelming. there is enough sweet malt to balance it out. this is sweet and hoppy and very smooth and refreshing for 8.5 abv..which is hidden quite well.be careful and remember hoppiness is happiness! cheers!
heemer77 (5101) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 The coloring is a very clear orange and red. A thin head fades to a long lasting scum on top. Aroma is citrus, pine and bread. There is obviously a decent amount of malt that gives it a nice oatmeal type smell in the background. The taste is in your face with citrus and bread crust. It also has a nice spicy black pepper finish that lingers. The body is not thick and it is a little thin considering the alcohol and flavor levels. Very nicely made. While very hoppy, there are enough malts to keep this one reasonably balanced. Thanks hey_kevin for this great beer.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a white head. Aroma is very stronf grapefruit and pine hoppiness. Taste is much the same as the aroma, but it’s not bitter. Some sweet malt also comes thru medium body.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Golden color with a medium white head that fades over time. Tons of hops in the aroma, pine, grassy grapefruit, citrus, and actually a little light malt in the aroma. Taste is hop juice, wet grass, grapefruit, pine, citrus, with a nice sweet malt that sticks all the way through and gives it a medium body. A solid offering for an Imperial IPA.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden hue. Big creamy almost white head, leaves a nice thin sheet of lace. Nose is a big pine forest, with citrus, grassy green notes. Nimble palate, steady carbonation, great finesse for 8.5% A glimpse of pale malt, then a huge hop insurgence. All grapefruit, pine resin, nig sticky grass and citrus. I thoroughly enjoy this, and I feel its one of the better Imperial IPAs that I have had the pleasure of tasting.
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Quite a piney grapefruit PNW hoppy aroma. Sweet notes in the aroma as well. Transparent light copper with a frothy white head. Gorgeous lacing. Slightly sweet to start, turning rather bitter and hoppy. Lots of grapefruits and more PNW hoppiness. A little harsh...it is an imperial IPA though. A quality beer, but if given the choice, Id take hop devil instead.(7/4/7/4/15)--RE-RATE that is 3 weeks old. The aroma on this is somewhat muted with a ton of herbal, minty spicy notes, which screams Chinook. Moderately hazy golden body with a frothy white head. Good lacing. This has a very herbal and oniony flavor. Mouthfeel is nice, and this is well-balanced, but I absolutely hate the hop profile on this. Too much Chinook and onion.
Reid (1900) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought in a 12 oz bottle.
Poured into the glass, this is a slightly lighter orange than the typical IPA, a tiny pure white head lasts for a minute then is gone ,leaving minimal laceing.
A most pleasant aroma from this one, very aromatic and hoppy.Quite fresh or so it seems.
Taste? 100% hop juice!!,very bitter aftertaste, though now and again flashes of sweetness and malt show through, despite thehigh alcohol volume, it really is not noticed.
Pretty nice on the palate for one so hoppy.
A most drinkable beer ,i dare say a hopheads dream!