decaturstevo (4626) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice amber pour with a long long hops aroma. A nice balance of malt and hops with an excellent bitter ending. A hop flavor Iím not very familiar with but one that I really like.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yep, an excellent beer. Never had anything quite like it. Simcoe is unique. Big and bold in nose and mouth; vibrant, it wakes you up, then puts you sleep!
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep gold with a thick, creamy off-white head.
Loads of pine and orange citrus in the aroma.
One dimensional hop flavor that seemed a bit dull to me.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lots of oranges in th aroma. Nice golden amber pour with a thick, frothy head. Sweet and succulent maltiness, with th hops riding high - lots of tangerines and oranges, pine as well. Outstanding.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a slightly hazy orange copper color with an appropriate small head. Nose is outstanding--dare I say perfect? Flavor is a tad sweet with resiny, chewy hops becoming apparent but never overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with a light warming sensation. A superb double IPA with a truly fabulous, memorable nose.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful pour w/ great lacing. Pine, resin, grass hop flavor and aroma dominates (Simcoe hops I guess). Very drinkable. 9% well hidden. Overall, a good IIPA. but I would like a little more fruit/citrus hop flavor.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper/gold with a hint of red. Nose is tons of caramel, mango, grapefruit, just a total tropical exposion. pineapple and bannana juice. Tropicanaís wet dream continues in the flavor - honestly it has a lot of my favorite aspects of Dreadnaught. Mang, pineapple, bananna contunie w. warm alcohol and caramel. Nice pithy bitterness w. rich caramel. Wonderful rich mouthfeel. Its a hell of a shame that this is a limited release. I need to go buy a few more before they go away!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with Jasonmech77 - Pours an amber color with a nicehead which slowly settled to a film. Nice lacing. Light carbonation. Strong citrus hop aroma and flavor. Light malt sweetness in the background. Heavy mouthfeel. Bitterness seem to linger. This stuff will puts some lead in your pencil. Good stuff. Thanks Jason.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 22 oz bomber. Pours to a murky, burnt orange color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is awesome, with lots of big aromas of grapefruit and lemon. The palate is firm, with good sweet and caramel malt flavor that support, really great citrus hop flavors. This beer finishes with more good sweet and caramel malt up front, then ends with a very zesty, very bitter citrus/grapefruit hop tang that lingers. Really well done Imperial IPA that makes the ultimate aperitif beer. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 9% abv, so donít make any plans if you decide to have a few 22 oz bombers of this one.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Got an immediate whiff of strong hops as soon as the cap was off. Like pretty much all IPAs, the hops were the strongest when the brew was chillin. As it warmed to itís environment and got a little more comfortable, a little oakiness, caramel malts and lemon juice come to the party. Very dry and hoppy in the mouth. Donít get me wrong, I love hops, but I really thought this was pretty one dimensional. Fortunately, it does that one dimension very well. Very piney and grassy with the hops. Nice little alcohol tingle to go with it. Iíd like to see a bit more malt to add to the depth. At room temp, a bit of honey and caramel sweetness show up, unfortunately, thereís only a few sips left in my glass. Finishes as dry as any IIPA out there. One dimensional, but good nonetheless.