Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle thanks to a couple people. Poured a slightly hazy, fiery orange with a thick cap of beige head. Aroma began with sticky grapefruit resin and a bit of an alcohol bite (almost felt like it was catching on my nose hairs and issuing a slow burn)... pine and buttered tofee follow closely behind along with a pleasant aire of floral... heavy, complex, and engaging. ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2007
The flavor begins with slow, rolling bitter pine and toffee notes.. supportive and very tasty caramel base.. lots of grapefruit meat as well as bitterness.. floral notes and an expanded lighter fruit bouquet open up with warmth. Heavily-bodied, but not quite syrupy... flavors flow well with great balance between bitterness, base, and alcohol warmth. Woo!
Bottle. thanks to jgd0608. Poured a very cloudy golden color with a 2 finger frothy head. Aroma of Bittering and aroma hops almost smells like centinal hops. Taste is sweet at first like cotton candy then finish nicely with a very hoppy bite at the end. Very good beer. jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bomber courtesy of someone in a recent trade, thanks!! Pours a cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of off white head, smells very citrusy, grapefruit, oranges, and even a hint of lemon. Tastes very strong of oranges, great hop backbone and very well balanced. AWESOME beer, this is what i’m talkin about people. Alesmith does it again. Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Amazing. Thick, complex, bright, hoppy, acidic, citrusy, all blended together to perfection. these guys do a great job. One of my favorite. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Summer 2006 via trade with WeeHeavySD. (thanks!) A very floral, citrus, and hoppy aroma off of the first pour. A nice deep amber color with a medium to small sized soapy white head. Flavor is nice big hop element, some roasted notes, a nice large citrus taste and overall a very well balanced beer taste-wise. Palate is nicely bitter and very long lasting. Overall, A very well rounded and well crafted double IPA. I wish they sold these in Michigan. I would buy them often.
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Bottle thanks to bentley78. Thick and syrupy. Juicy and sweet. Lots of orange, some grapefruit. Bitterness balances, but monster sweetness is dominant. A little light on flavor in the finish. Piney hops with everything else. The bitterness is showing up a bit more as I drink. This is probably up there with Pliny. Everything an IIPA should be. Maybe just wanting in some complexity.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 bottle tasted with a friend. peaches and grass and herbs in the aroma. medium body, spicy and plenty dry. the hops lend a decidedly bitter character to this: piney, citrusy, but somehow blended together to make an excellently balanced double IPA. This is up there with the best of the best. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle from Footbalm. Half a year old, as this is the summer one. Fruity citrus aroma, orange grapefruit and lemon zest, rich toffee malts. Flavor is bitter and astringent, hops and rich but since this isn’t fresh, a lot of their beautiful and most fragrant essences are missing. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared with the crew in late November. Copper, good sized white head. Aroma is full of citrus and malt - there is a citrus combination here I have never experienced before, wow. Taste - what else is there to say? Bitter, citrusy, like drinking orange juice with body and kick. Perfectly balanced, simply one of the finest beers I ever had a chance to try. The perfect example of a strong IPA (Double, Imperial, whatever). If I was stuck on a deserted island (sans Smoke Monsters) I could survive on this alone. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
beer decants a very pretty orange/amber, with a whipped-cream thick white head that retains well and leaves tons of lace. nose is a bit rough - lots of hops, yes, but also a good amount of higher alcohols, as well as perhaps a bit of phenol? really smells more like a barley-wine than a DIPA - lots of thick sweetness. flavor is almost wholely dominated by hops - yes, there is a slightly muddy malt sweetness up front, but it wilts pretty fast in a wave of grassy, rindy, herbal hop flavor, and is followed by a pretty heavy wave of rough bitterness. bit of a paint-thinner/nail-polish quality to the finish, which gives it an unpleasant burner. yeast seems perhaps a bit stressed out.