beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice looking glass O' beer here, hazen golden yellow color with a slight bronzey tone with a tornado of sediment swirling around within. Solid medium height for its crown, just over a finger high, light yellowish in hue, thick, dense, creamy, fades down slowly like a shadow, leaving an always present very thick skim, well actually I guess I wouldn't call it that, its more like a thin frosting. An impressively wide array of thin curtainy lacing covers the glass.
Aroma has a wonderfully charged hoppyness thats largely floral and fresh with a higher sweetness within thats a bit citrusy of very fresh orange, lemon, grapefruit peels layered over the top. Some tender grasses and hop resin are filled in right to the hilt. Not much located on the malt scale here, all hops on the nose, quite lovely.
Nice hop flavor comes right across the front with sweetish floral tones, kinda herbal and grassy, but definately higher in its sweetness and bitterness, its somewhat fat, not quite, but definately juicy enough and resin filled with slight dulled citrus squeezing off notes of freshness in the corners. Dries out in layers effectively slow with lots of hoppy things attached and there's a favorable biscuity dry maltiness in the backing that begins to stand out more as you get farther in to the glass. Very nice. Pretty decent showing of hops here, was looking for something a bit more juicy and fat but the drying levels are what really kept me attracted to it. Feel is close to full with some nice bitterness thats chalked full of floral sweetness and has some very fine drying qualities all the way through to its finish which lingers long and begs you to keep on drinkin'. That said, this continues to be amazingly smooth to my buds with great hop tones, bitterness included. Stellar drinkability! I clearly need more...yummy stuff!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Respects to CB and TAR for sending me this Wallop in our recent trade!
Rating # 380
The body pours a foggy orangey bronze but produces a thick fluffy Ivory colored head to accompany. The nose is vast with grapefruit and caramel malt, but big notes of pinesap and freshly cut limber smack me upside the nose.
The flavor gives off far less of the grapefruit and presents buckets of caramel and pine chips, a little bit peppery. I’m taken aback by the amount of spiciness here, pretty earthy and slightly astringent.
The palate is delightfully smooth and creamy, finish is Hop City and dry…… A good Imperial IPA but I think it will slip from the top 100 once more ratings are amassed, there are lesser known but better Imperial IPA’s out there… Goose Island makes one of those, IMO .
Jaysus (17) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Whoa, I love this brew... Very clear, with no visible 'yeasties' and a vicious hop bite - you will feel this one in your cheeks.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Resiny instead of grapefruity, and hops seem to hit up front instead of attacking me on the swallow. Different and another reminder that I need to give hoppy beers a chance. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.
jamdead (8) - Ashland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light amber hue with a hoppy nose. Mediummmmmm bodied, hops all the way garpefuity kinday hop juice. Very Smooth. Excellent Beer. Thanks to BrainO
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden color with a lasting egg white head. Aroma was fantastic with notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange blossom, toast, and pine sap blended with honey. Great bitter citrus shot up front with a sweet maltiness to counterbalance. Smooth with a nice soft carbonation. I would love to have this available all the time, but guess I'll have to wait until Nov. 04 for that to happen. A Hop-Head MUST try!
raymow (1011) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like pure hops. Tastes about the same. Very good brew! Victory has done it again!
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 ReRate-thanks to Erway for giving me a bottle of this a few weeks ago. pours a golden yellow hue that was pretty pale compated to its partners in this genre. Very nice lacing cascading down the side of my unibroue glass. I get a nice piney hop aroma, but its dominated by herbal notes, mimicking noble hops at times. some grassy notes as well. Very nice palate that was round and smooth. finish was piney with notes of grapefruit. good, but not up there with the others. More a strong APA than a IIPA.
pours a dark orange with TONS of yeast floaties-why so many floaties for a bottle that was bottled on Dec 30, 2003? strange! Aroma is citurs, but more in the super APA way, pine alongside the citrus-nice! grapefriut seems to be the more predomenent fruit-soapy delivery in the aroma. Flavor is very citrus, but very subtle palate. didn’t really seem like a huge IBU blast that i was expecting. subtle palat like Ruination. somewhat abrupt finish. Good, but somewhat dissapointing. Thanks to Pabocat for hooking me up with this PA only brew!
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Holy cow - aroma was reminiscent of having hop flowers shoved into my nostrils (not that I’m complaining!). Taste is hoppy all right - strong grapefruit & citrus notes throughout. A bit of malt dashed in, but didn’t have the malt presence of other Imperial IPA’s. Still an excellent concoction.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one pours with a golden hazy appearance. It has some nice residual lacing and a tiny rim of foam. The aroma is slightly astringent, but tastefully hoppy, with some light acidity and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is bittersweet and hoppy with lots of cascade in the taste. Bready and biscuity tasting with a nice malt backbone, but definitely dominated by the hops.