Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Poured a nice amber color with a bit of a head. Lots of citrusy hop aroma. Smooth going down, a little bit buttery, but this needed some more malt. I like hops, but this one wasnít quite right. Iím not too sure why this is rated as highly as it is.
Re-rate: 12 oz bottle. Again, a nice amber pour with a fluffy white head. Piney, citrusy hop aroma. Itís pretty much just how I remember it and how I describe it above. I guess my palate has just changed pretty drastically since then and Iím enjoying it a lot more this time around!
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange amber body with a small creamy beige head. (3+) Big hops in the aroma, green leafy hops and orange notes. More green hops in the flavour with a lightly astringent bitterness and mild resin. Average palate with a bit of body to spare. Solid hoppy brew that distracted me enough that I didnít write as much as I could have. Very nice. 9/3+/8/3+/16-17
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds and tupalev, my bottle. Mostly clear amber with an average white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, spruce/resin/herbal - pungent, somewhat sharp, a little different - this is simcoe? all riiight ... decent caramel malt backing, floral notes like rosehip tea - well blended and balanced through the whole glass. Where the aroma had a fair malt presence, the taste is dominated by the bitter hops - this IS an imperial - spruce, resin, mildly herbal, some malt backing, strong alcohol yielding a long, bitter finish. Good IPA body, quite astringent, decently carbonated, fairly complex hop character, although overall itís pretty one-dimensional - truly an excellent I2PA, all hop-heads should make sure they try this one, they wonít be disappointed.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from JHop. Pours a deep amber with a nice white head. Aroma is, unsurprisingly, hoppy. It ventures a little into the dangerous territory typified for me by the Goose Island IIPA in which the aroma tips over to smell like penicillin. The taste echoes the aroma, in that itís very hoppy, with all the flavors usually associated with Simcoe. It has a stong sweet/malt presence to back up the hops, leading to an overpowering yet balanced beer. Iím actually rating the third tasting, and I liked it better the first two times. Itís still good, but I found it pheonominal the first time.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Clark for sending me a bottle and Fedex for transporting. It was interesting to try this variety of hop.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/amber color, with a medium, tan head. Aromas are citrus (mostly grapefruit) and brown sugar. Flavors are grapefruit, brown sugar, caramel, fruit, and alcohol. Bodyís on the heavy side.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The body was medium orange with a hazy white colored head on top. The aroma was grapefruit with some caramel and a touch of cardboard. The taste was sharp caramel with grpefruit and some bitter bread crust. There was some roasted peanuts in the finish. A decent IIPA, but nothing impressive.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep caramel brown leaving a thick creamy tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is spicy, sharp, simcoe hops, caramel, cooked butter, toffee, pine are in the front of the aroma. The taste is wonderful starts with a piney sharp bitter bite in the beginning but moves to slight fruity malty caramel balance but this brew is dominated by a huge wonderful hop feel on the palate that is bitter but makes this a refreshing ale. This is a great IIPA and for 4.99 a 22oz bottle Iíll be stocking up on this one!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Strong yeasty aroma of rising bread dough. Flavor of honey and cantaloupe provides a rich strong sweetness that really works well for this beer due the fact that it has such a generous amount of hops. The strong sweet flavors mask the high level of alcohol. UPDATE 2009: I sort of now think that this one is definitely overrated and over priced. Too unbalanced in the hop department. Just excessively hopped.
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of hops & citrus. Flavor is overly hoppy, citrus, and carbonation. I donít enjoy most IPAís, but this wasnít too bad.