kramer (5174) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, 2006 post RBSG RFD tasting, in the company of aracauna, springslicker, kp, and Hopscotch. Pours a clear copper under a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is a melange of hops with a pretty heavy malt base and a little alcohol. Flavor is extremely bitter and hoppy, but rather undefined and mish-moshed. I guess that maybe I just don’t care for Phoenix hops too much apparently. The malt is certainly there, but even at these levels it doesn’t make it past all the hops. The alcohol is present most heavily in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not bad really, but just a little over the top. I think Weyerbacher hit it just right with the Double Simcoe, tried to take it to the next level, and fell over the edge of the cliff.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 2006 - Grand Tasting. Metallic-orange body with noticeable viscosity and a receding, off-white head. Hop aroma is very earthy and woodsy with a solid malt backing and some sharp alcohol. The flavor has an unexpected papery quality and lots of hot alcohol. Off-kiltered and somewhat syrupy. I’m not a big fan of jet fuel IPAs.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Earthy, sweet, hoppy, thick, and high in alcohol. A good beer that should be better as it ages.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 RBSG 06. Huge, hop-filled nose - similar profile to their Double Simcoe, with the hops slightly more reserved on the tongue. Malt ends up predominating, esp. at the finish. Not the same hophead fest, but quite nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Rerate after Numenor’s raving. Clear amber color with a thin white head. Sweet caramel aroma, hints of pineapple. Caramel and citrus hops flavor. Originally sampled at RBSG06. Rating: 7/3/8/3/13
hopscotch (9736) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Bottle... RBSG2006... Rating #2700... Clear amber ale with a large, frothy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is all about big malt, toffee, alcohol, smoke and tons of spicy, Phoenix hops. The flavor is like a "backhand slap to the face" with more big alcohol, HUGE hops and big malt. Caramel, fruit, smoke and pure bitterness. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Tangy, violently bitter, grassy finish. Crazy hops... too much for me! Quality brew though! Amazing that there are enough hops on the planet to knock out all sweetness from a brew with so much malt... even when luke warm. Dedicated hopheads need to pick up a bomber... everyone else, a 12 ouncer! Thanks go out to kp for sharing his bottle with me.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Hops hit you like a brick up front - Great if you like the taste, probably a little much if you don’t like the hop monsters. Great when you just want something strong and hoppy. Nice belly burn!
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours an orange coppery color with a very thick creamy white head. Aroma is tangy with hints of wild strawberries, fresh flowers, watermelon and hops. Taste is slightly bitter with hints of fresh hops, orange citrus, strawberries and at first, alcohol. After a few sips, the alcohol is hidden well. Very good overall, but not your everyday drink.
TheEpeeist (3415) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear ruby orange with a thick, creamy head that settles. Yeasty cherry lemon nose. A plethora of other sweet fruits and citrus with a little rubbing alcohol in the back. Quite a different hop taste for me. Sticky watermelon pickle and strawberry preserves. As it warms some grapefruit. Almond brittle sneaks in as it bitters. Moderately dry finish leaves chalky pine. Because its so sweet the alcohol doesn’t really come out, but as one rater pointed out can be felt in the belly. This is a big brew but perhaps too strident without aging. They call this a triple IPA and I would agree.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught: Smelled of alcohol, hop, citrus, stinky Limburg cheese, resin, tropical fruit, and something medicated. Also light notes of caramel malt. Poured an amberish copper in color. Large, fizzy, 1.5in head. Head was slightly off white and dense, but diminished to a nice thin coating atop the beer. Great lacing. Clear to slightly hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor was mainly of 2 things: hops and alcohol. It was difficult to discern other flavors, but the beer was tasty. I did not some pine taste. Not sweet. Bitter. Moderatly acidic. Medium dry hop and alcohol finish. Medium to full body. A bit oily. Lively carbonation. Overall, a good, drinkable IIPA that lives up to its hype on the local beer scene.