bitbucket (2155) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pretty much what youíd expect from a two-year old IIPA: this is past its prime. Pours nearly clear copper with a lacy off-white head. Some white grape and cardboardy toffee in the aroma. Full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet toffee and citrus taste with some pine an earthy bitterness on the finish. Probably should have let this one go for a couple more years and served it as an American barleywine.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours fiery amber, nice beige head. Nose is on its last legs, some faint malt and the remnants of hop still hanging on, but itís all sugary syrup and alcohol now, very toxic stuff. Flavor is even closer to the grave, just some bitter leaf notes, tea, minor chocolate actually, and large alcohol. Mouth is a little thin, but thereís still some carbonation left. Overall pretty weak, but given that this is a 2+ yr old IIPA, I think it would have been pretty good when fresh. Itís as good as the currently fresh Founders IPAs.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
old old bottle I spotted at the back of my cellar. 12oz, I thought this was long overdue to be opened. Drank at cellar temp because Iím lazy right now. Spurted too, so there you go. Pours dark orange with 1 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and dead dead dead. Taste is pretty much exactly what tye says, pine sol, blech, blech blech, nasty.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Aroma of Pine-Sol, and other solvents. Slightly resiny. Assloads of sweet malt. Poundcake. Earthy, wet leaf pile and tons of alcohol. Smells like Off bug repellent. Pours a thick, hazed, dark orange with a resilient, frothy off white head. This is no longer an IIPA. Itís now a thick, cloying, boozy ASA. Fat, chewy body. Lots of alcohol. Tons of residual sugar sweetness. Just a shade of oily high-alpha hops. Good lord... Itís like drinking floor cleaner. Fusel alcohol... Chewy malt. Slick and oily mouth feel. Ugh... never had this one fresh but time certainly didnít treat this one well. Thanks anyway Ed!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An over-the-top sugary, alcoholised, hoppy and ultimately not-cohesive boosted IPA.
How: Bottle (22oz I think). Drank some months ago (backlog)
The look: Cloudy orange body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is floral and foresty with some alcohol fumes. Taste is rather sweet but the body lacks corpulence, this is more sugary thin caramel than corpulent round caramel. Alcohol is apparent but still feels less than the unreasonable 11.7%. A little rhubarb annoyed me. A dirtiness sensation. Unexpectedly drinkable despite its size but overall it just felt like a bunch of extreme flavours thrown at me. Itís retired now and with so many superior extreme American IPAs to chose from its disappearance has gone as unnoticed as the departure of a fat chick from a wild spring break party.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Poured an orange with not much head. The aroma was somewhat oxidized. The flavor was overpowering. Way too malty, unbalanced and way too much alcohol feel. Overall, age has not been kind to this one as it found its way down the drain. It gets an E for effort in my book since it was probably good at one point.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella. Hazy orange colour with a good steady white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet and hoppy aroma. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour is dry and quite hoppy with alcohol, malt and quite sweet. Hoppy sweet alco finish. Good but the alochol is too dominent.
Pinball (10596) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
thanks ungstrup for sharing a retired beer i never tasted.
appears amber, small white head. sourish aleish caramellish aroma. flavor is barley wineish, subdued hops, tons of alc. i found it too alcoholic.
yespr (29437) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours hazy orange with a slowly diminishing white head. Dry wooden, vague oxidised aroma. Dark caramel malty note. Sweet malty, dense hoppy and slight wooden flavour following this. Smooth mix between sweet caramelish malt and bitter hoppy finish. Nice one.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big thanks to Adrian for this, and for several other beers I am about to rate! Rust colored pour with light froth. Strong nose-filling aroma - hops, sweetness, strong alcohol. The flavor begins sweet and grainy, then ends in juicy, grapefruity, bitter Phoenix hops. Rich and powerful with alcohol warmth and hop tingle spreading along the palate. There are tastes of prunes and whiskey in there too. This is one of the more enjoyable extreme beers I have come across - definitely an imperial IPA, but still sweet and balanced. I like Weyerbacherís anniversary ale concept too. Superior.