JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-amber with a lacey white head. The best nose of USA hops possible. Fluid orange marmalade cake. Hops, of course, but also some garden herbs, and preserved fruit (oranges). Oily, fully bodied, lipsmacking hopoils. This is how a great I²PA ought to be.
skortila (4724) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2nd Low Countries RateBeer meeting] Aroma of loads of cascade hops, apples and malt. Hazy, orange-brown coloured with an off-white, firm head. Taste is sweet and sticky, heavy hoppy. More bitter towards the finish. Lacking balance.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, LCRBM. Aomra with lots of hops, fruity and malty. Orange/yellow color, beige head, good lace. Sweet start, malty, loads of bitter hops in the flavor as well. Sticky mouthfeel.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[bottle] Pours a beautiful clear reddish brown color, with a huge, tan colored head. Excellent retention and lacing on the glass. Aroma is incredible and very potent, like some skunky, heady Cannabis. Flavors are intensely bitter, citrusy and rather sweet. Grapefruit, pine and a bit of malty sweetness. Certainly over the top in its hoppiness, I really anticipated this one and it did not dissapoint. An excellent IIPA!
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is pretty intense and covers the malt. Taste is also dominated by huge fresh citrus hops. Malt is certainly present but hard to taste with all the hops in there. Body is above average and beer is not over filtrated. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while this IIPA is very enjoyable, a better balance between malt and hops would have provided more enjoyment on my part.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with gputty. Thanks Geoff! Pours a nice rich slightly dark amber with a big hearty frothy off white head. Nice lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of sweet hops, pine and lemon. Taste of citrus, hops and bread dough. Has a bitter sweet snappy finish. A very nice IPA.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - thanks clarkVV - Aroma is simcoe plain and simple. Citrus, pine, and then the carmel shows up. Pours hazy light brown with huge solid head that slowly fades to leave tone of sticky lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is creamy and smooth. I like it a lot.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Batch Bottle. Poured dark amber with beautiful off white, velvety head. Great lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, grass, lemon, grapefruit. Big flavor! Huge hop bite, big bitter finish. Notes of citrus, pine, and slight caramel. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. The bitterness mellowed slightly as it warmed. This is a sipper for sure. I like hops, but not sure how I feel about the Simcoe.
blankboy (6422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy dark orange with an average size lasting off-white head. Very nice aroma with lots of hops and sweet malt. Flavour: Delicious! Big fresh hoppy flavour with lots of sweet malt, some fruit and a nice bitter finish -- very nicely balanced. There’s alcohol there but in no way does it detract from how tasty this beer is. Medium bodied. This is a fantastic I2PA -- I love them Simcoe hops!
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with a creamy white head. The aroma is very fruity and hoppy - tons of grapefruit, oranges, bread, yeast, and alcohol. The flavour is very hoppy, resinous, bitter, with warming alcohol and reasonably harsh. Tasty but it’s pretty big so more suited as a sipper.