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 (2342) - 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 (1026) - 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.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 12 Oz. bottle from one of the Michigan Mafia, Styles/Pailhead. I donít know, Iím half shitty and that requires thinking. Thanks to both of you. Deep copper colored and very clear. Nice off-white head forms, fades at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing behind. Medium bodied. Nice aroma, a bit different from other Simcoe beers I have had. Piney, Floral, slightly peachy with a hint of soapiness. Bitterness throughout but never overwhelming. Balanced but definitely leaning toward hops. Lingering bitterness is pleasing to a hophead. Nicely done. 8/4/7/3/16<P>Bottle from Santa opened Dec. í06. Deep amber colored and slightly hazy. Big off-white head forms and lingers, good lacing. Aroma is peachy, tropical and fruity. Medium bodied with pleasant soft carbonation. Tasty balance of malt and hop. Light pine in flavor along with tropical notes. Lingering pleasant bitterness. Really well done. Upping the score on this one.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Matt for sharing.
Kinda glowing oranfish color w a thick off white head w nice lacing
Big citrus sweet fresh hop aroma passion fruit more tropical fruits
Pal is lightly hot well coated touch oily
Flavor is a dry finish w a lightly bitter front of pine, grass, and grapefruit. I think they lost the tropical fruits in the flavor & it dissapointed me though good anyway
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by MrFacto - thanks, Matt! Translucent copper bronze with a sudsy, thick, creamy tan head on top and some of the best head retention ever seen on an ale. Sweet grenadine bitters rise up the nasal canal, met with honeydew, sugar-sweetened ruby red grapefruit, starfruit hit by saltwater, burgundy tropical hysteria and a passion fruit starboard topicality. Simcoe hugs all aspects of the hop bitterness and flavor, naturally. Cherry graham amaretto vibes plummet forth on bittering, flavor and aromatic personalities. Sugar saturated melanoidens resonate with a cherry toffee vibe thatís ringing with a sugary, bitter palate aeration. Itís fairly tasty, but its hop exclusivity is holding it back. Oily yet dry palate procession is met along the way with a sweetly infused blood orange and a grapefruit pulp intention. The tongue still trembles at the memory of the dry razor line splice down its center tract.