CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Sampled at the 2005 EBF: Pours a clear bronze color with a lacy white head. Intense fresh bold green hoppy aroma. Body is mildly sweet and well hopped but thin. Has a good resiny hop profile and a crisp clean pine finish, but could use a little more malty sweetness to be true to style. Still a nice beer though. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2005 Draft, EBF: Clear orange, light white head. Strong orange aroma, woody creamed grapefruit, lots of pineapple. Very intense vegetal hops though the malt backbone is present, if not up to the typical imperial IPA level. Floral and citrusy bitterness. Well made in the style, but too aggressive citric bitterness for nothing to my tastes. Oily medium body, light carbonation. One more, one less… / Re-rate from a pint at the brewpub: Extremely aromatic, zesty orange hops with a nice supporting biscuity maltiness that smoothens the upcoming hops onslaught, bitter yet tactful and sensitive. Better than the 3.3 I had initially gave it. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2016 The Lure: Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Gorgeous marijuana and oranges make the mouth water, while slim malts contribute a lightly biscuity character to the prevalent dank perfume. Great lacing around an obviously unfiltered authenticity.
Addictive citrus fruit and dank hop resins cooperate marvelously in this well-brewed and almost quaffable hophead’s dream. Mildly honeyed malts support the hop panorama. Superbly dank coniferous hop bitterness follows the multi-faceted hop flavors, and lingers ad vitam eternam. This is as good a Double IPA there is in the US of A.
Millions of sunrays uplift the spirit.
XBF05: Clear dark orangy yellow, with a large white rocky head that leaves good lacing. Huge spicy pine, citrus, resin aroma, full bodied with lively carbonation starts and ends heavily bitter with a touch of acidity at the end. An excellent example of an IIPA. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Sampled at Etreme Beer Fest 05, Good nose, citrusy, grapefruit/orange. Maybe a little pineapple. Toffee/carmel. Tad hazy orangy yellow color. Bitter flavors. Grapefruit mainly, little metallic, little plasticy. Lite creamy mouthfeel, thinner bodied, bitter dry finish. Good brew, though I was expecting more by what I’d read about it.
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 Original Rating (8-3-8-5-17=4.1): Extremely fruity aroma - orange and grapefruit hops nose battles with yeasty esters. Clear, light amber coloured with decent off-white head that lasts nicely. Bitterness is masked by the opening sweet fruitiness but creeps up from the sides of the tongue. Citrus y hop flavours mingle wonderfully with sweet malts and yeasty esters. Alcohol is not at all apparent in the flavour although it is gently warming. Medium body and smooth creamy mouthfeel. A pleasure on the tongue. More please. On tap at the Vermont Brewers Festival. DYCSoccer17 (3712) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Rerate (7-4-8-4-14=3.7): Orange, grapefruit-citrus, resinous hop nose. Opaque yellow-tan coloured body is topped with a low, fine bubbled, white head that recedes to a partial cover and rings with lace down the sides of the glass. Very strong hop bitterness and assertive, tart, citrus character - this one is all about the hops although sweet malt character is evidenced underneath. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and Yowie.
On tap at Vermont Brewers Fest. 3 oz sample. Citrus grapefruit aroma with some C-hop notes. Maybe a touch of sourness in there as well. Transparent copper with an off-white head. I like my IIPAs a little darker. Start is slightly sweert leading to hops in the middle and a slight alcohol burn to go with it. Finish is extremely smooth and a pleasant slightly sweet. Very drinkable and somewhat balanced. Enjoyable. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Sampled at the VT brewers fest. I think I smell hops. Cascade, and something a little funky...I can’t quite put my finger on it. Kinda musty. Advertised at 120 IBUs this is not as hoppy as I expected. Average at best because of this funkiness. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Draft, from can - Pours a darkish orange-amber in color with a very small white head that fades quickly. Low carbonation. Aroma is piney with some citrus and also some malty sweetness. Flavor is a "heady" mix of sweet malts along with medium bitter citrus and pine hops. Palate is quite thick and almost slightly oily. Finish is medium bitter and lingering along with the intense hop flavors. I absolutely LOVE this beer... whether from their cans or at the brewpub (my local favorite)!! muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 March 2004: Draught at the brewpub. Very light golden appearance, almost no head. Fruit, fruit, fruit in the nose -- oranges, grapefruit, apples. Very aromatic indeed. Very sweet, soft at first, with many fruits, brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon, but a massive hop-whallop (120 IBUs) takes over shortly. Smooth and creamy throughout, low carbonation. Not at the top for the style, but quite tasty and dangerously drinkable. 8/3/8/4 16 3.9
September 2006: This year’s edition definitely shows more malt presence in the body, and the aroma is if anything even more fragrant, fruity and floral with some light touches of berry. Really coming along, approaching mastery...