ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful copper haze with a fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. In your face piney hop smell with subtle sugary undertones. Nicely balanced flavor with a very crisp hop bite, perfectly bitter. Alcohol is definitely present, but not distracting. High quality DIPA!
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with after4ever. Pours a bright copper with a fluffy white head. The nose and taste are citrus-dominated, with grapefruit, oranges, mango and pineapple all showing up at one point or another. Great DIPA!
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, courtesy AbusedGoat--and thank you! This stuff is amazing. Itís absolutely designed to showcase the Simcoe, without a doubt. Simcoe dominates the nose, palate, and finish. It pours bright orange amber with a moussy, fluffy white head. The nose is pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, with a whiff of spice around the edge. The palate has malt backbone, but it has malt backbone in the same way a Ferrari has room for luggage. Functionally, itís there, and it does its job, but itís not very prominent. The hops swirl around the flavor at every stage. If youíve tried anything with a prominent Simcoe note, you can probably picture what this tastes like, but if not, words arenít going to help you much--you should just try it. You should try it, anyway. But this is as fine a showcase as that particular sticky icky hop could ask for.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 Bottle. Deep honey color with a big, thick off white head, good lacing. Aroma = Big hops, sweetness, piney, tart citrus, vanilla, really, really nice (reminds me of the stone 10th anniv. IIPA I rated the other day). Flavor is very nice too, not nearly as bitter as i expceted, very, very smooth though. Nice sweet hops, mellow bitterness, vanilla, resiny. Medium body, nice carbonation. Not as complex as some of the IIPAs Iíve had, but amazingly balanced and drinkable for the ABV. This is a great beer, drink it warmer than you normally would, the piney, sticky hops really come out.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Send this one out to San Diego to compete with the big boys! only for the Lupy crazed hop head, slightly cloudy copper with small bubble foamy head.perhaps most bitter-sweet example of the iipa I have had. The high ethanol level immediately brings the hop oils out of solution and on to your tounge. I find Simcoe to produce what I describe as a sandy palate, not in a negative way.
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass. Poured a clear medium orange with some visible carbonation and an explosive cap of creamy beige head. Love that Simcoe! Nose picked up large doses of juicy pears, sweet floral, grapefruit, pine resin, and spiked toffee... just lures you in! Pine resin and tubs of juicy goodness seep across the tongue hitting all the necessary taste buds. Grapefruit and caramed form a respectable base for the large level of pine, pear, and grapefruit bitterness above... alcohol gives the bitterness an extra sting as this approaches room temp (works well and was expected considering the ABV). Thicker, resiney feel on the palate... felt good. Excellent beer!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again Brewblackhole. Cloudy amber/brown. Smell of mango, orange, malt, hops and alcohol. Taste of sugar, malt, hops, citrus and salt. Ok bitterness at the end.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange shade, delicate off-white head mostly lasts. Sharp nose, extremely hoppy, obviously aimed at the hophead and attacking the nostrils with spicy pumpkin, lime, tangerine and huge piney aromatics. As lovely as it may sound, its lack of subtlety becomes too much, the bitterness is harsh despite the not so pleasant syrupiness of its base malts. Not really tight and showing the usual weyerbacher defaults in terms of texture, itís sugary (unfermentable complex molecules I assume) and not really cohesive, certainly nowhere tight and failing to be engaging in its carbonation. I can easily see how some will enjoy it more than a little, but those shining outfits only accentuate the lack of charm and grace thatís worthy of a long term investment.
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at LCRBM 2, Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium
Slightly, hazy orange body. Off-white creamy head. Good lace. Aroma of pears, caramel, fruits, hops, ... Moderately bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Heavily bitter to the end. Somewhat fruity in the beginning, but the bitterness takes totally over to the end.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always glad to try a beer that meets or surpasses my expectations. A grand hoppy beast, but if the name didnít already imply that then youíre tromping in territory perhaps you shouldnít. The aroma jumped to greet my nearly disabled nostrils just as I opened it. As resinous as it is, didnít find the burn that some IIPAs tend to have. And as with so many of the beers Iíve enjoyed through trade I wonder if Iíll ever manage to have another ... *sigh*