XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden colored beer with a white, creamy head that lasted longer than I expected. Medium-bodied with citrus and pine flavors and a nice sour after-taste. A good beer but I prefer Victory’s Hop Devil. But ... I’ve never had a bad beer from this brewer.
notalush (4855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden pour with slight copper tint and minimal head and lacing - huge, mouth-watering aroma of heaps of fresh hops, citrus, pine, and just a hint of malts - some raters complain that it’s not quite a "hop wallop," and while I suppose that’s valid, must we be subjected to so many hops that all other flavors become subdued? - I sure hope not, because the makers of this beer sure don’t think so - there are plenty of juicy hops, but they are perfectly integrated into an overall flavor that is just as heavy on the malts, with buttery, grainy flavors, and a mild sweetness with just a hint of wild berries - this is remarkably well-balanced, and, in most respects, is very much like 90 minute IPA - ranks right up there with the best imperial IPAs.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber body with a thick, pillowy white head. Aroma of fresh hops. Flavor is hoppy, but not hearly what I expected of a ’hop wallop’. Instead, it is rich and malty, with the peppery hops taking almost a back seat. Still, it’s a tasty beer, just not quite a hop lovers dream.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich amber color with a minimal head. Fresh hop aromas abound - piney and citrusy. I would’ve never guessed this was 8.5%abv. Big hops, well rounded body, no hint of alcohol. Malt backbone wasn’t as strong as some other big IPAs - this is more reminiscent of the Hop Pocket model of more subdues malt qaulities. Very tasty.
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent sized head with light carbonation. Reduces to a dense foam. Nice bright white lacing. Big juicy aroma of grapefruit, citrus, pine and light malts. Color is a medium golden amber with great clarity. Flavor is crisp and bitter. More citrus and pine. Light bodied. Finish is bitter and slightly puckering. Leaves a thin dry film in the mouth. A good bitter IPA but not as "special" as I would have expected.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 Bottle pours a lighter amber color with a monster head and lots of lace. The aroma is of fresh cut lemons and a pine forest. I could smell this one all day - but I won’t. The flavor is sweet in the foundation, citrusy, pine tree resin, with a full and crisp body that holds up to the flavor. Overall, this is very nice.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine off-white head, disappearing, hazy orange golden body. Flower and bitter hops in the aroma with fruit and toffee notes. Ultra bitter hoppy flavor with notes of sweet fruit. The bitterness bides on the tongue! Slightly thin in the finish. A very tasty IPA.
Thanks Mike (Eyedrinkale) for trading this delicious beer!
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden. This is a hoppy beer, but without the hops completely dominating the taste and aroma of the beer. One that I would definitely drink again and again.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flowery and hoppy aroma. Golden body, with a small white head. Nice bitterness, hoppy, some malt underneath. Very delicious.
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Unclear orange coloured. Off white small head. Hops, fruit, sweetness and some flowery notes in the aroma. Flavour is equally hoppy and flowery. Has some herbal and light spice notes as well. This is a delicious 2IPA. Ends on a remarkable and long bitter note. Yummy.