rajendra82 (1078) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2005
This highly regarded DIPA came to me via BA nvsblman. The 22 oz. bomber had a painted label appropriate for the holiday season. Opening the bottle and pouring it in the tulip was a joy to the senses, as the luscious burnt orange liquid slipped out of the bomber and produced a cascade of bubbles that erupted in a crowning, foamy, off white head. The underlying beer was dense, and cloudy, and gave a good indication of the solid malt foundation that formed it. The lacing was magnificently thick, as the head hung around for a while and kept coating the sides of the glass.
The hops assault on the nose began the moment the cap was popped, and bringing the glass to the nose unleashed more of it prior to each sip. Lovely citric fruit peels, and spruce and pine resin were among the many forms that this hop aroma took.
The taste was very bitter up front, as the hop oils exploded in my mouth. The malts were definitely there to back things up with their sweet caramelized, toasty, and faintly smoky self, but there was no mistaking about the mission of this beer. It was to get as many hops into your mouth as possible without going over the top. The hops were never overpowering as unpleasant, but instead kept the drinking session alive..
The beer felt marvelously thick in my mouth, as the body was on the right side of medium. The tongue coating body definitely let the hop residue sit on my tongue longer which left a lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste. As it faded, the brain signaled that it was time for another sip, which is a testament to the awesome drinkability of this beer despite the strength and hop presence. Speaking of strength, the 8.5% ABV hardly ever registered on the radar screen. In the end I was bowled over by the deceptive charm of this hoppy beauty. myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Wierd bottle big $$$ at Lee Discount Liquor.....BUT well worth it. Best Double IPA I have had (San Diego Pale I hear they are calling it in SD) Deep orange in color little head not too fizzy just right alcohol warmth not too big. Not suryp like most Imerial IPAS great clean crisp and big hops and hops in the nostrils like pins and needles...REALLY BOSS. And yes I taste a little vanilla. AWESOME BEER COULD IT BE MY FAV??? cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2007 edition, with a very crisp, fresh, sharp and sizzling hop bite. Especially rich in texture -- significantly more viscous and gooey than you expect with a beer of this style designation. It bursts with hop flavor, with an abundance of bittering hops. The IBUs must be maxed out with this one. Tons of that hop character in the aroma; very floral in terms of olfactory saturation. Finishes very dry, and even with some spiciness. May well be the best and biggest of this style I’ve ever had. Stone has to do some special release of its own to challenge this.
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Golden amber color with an absurdly sticky head that leaves unparalleled lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops with a very sweet maltiness. Flavor follows the aroma, with a nice dose of fruity hops and a sumptuous caramel malt profile that melts into a solid hop bitterness. Rich and luxurious on the palate. zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, OH. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and tangerines. Pours a hazy golden orange with a creamy white head. Delicious bitter hop flavor of pineapple, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and flowers. Moderate alcohol burn in the back of the throat. This is exceptional. One of my new favorite all-time beers.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 27, 2004
This one lived up to the hype. Pours a bright amber/copper with a creamy bubbling off-white head. Aroma is the best of any beer I have ever sampled. Sharp citrus hops. Grapefruits jammed up in your nose. Taste is similar to aroma, huge pine and grapefruit hop taste. Not over done. Toungue gets a twinge of bitterness at start, then sweet fruityness settles in with the aftertaste. This stuff is great. kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
This beer pours very nice deep amber color with 3 fingers of head that fall to 2 fingers. The nose is just wow. The hops are so bright and full. Pine and citrus and a hint of underlying caramel sweetness. The flavor is more subdued that the nose would tell you. Wow. I really like it. There is a really deep caramel sweetness overlayed heavily with a fine balance between the pine and citrus. Very nice. The feel is just as thick as would be expected. Drinkability is also grand for a beer of this size and magnitude. Wow. I think I am in love. Great great beer. dennishopper (1) - USA - SEP 28, 2006 does not count
this is my favorite beer. Ever since this wonderful beer was released I have a hard time selecting beer...nothing will come close! 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. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 6, 2007
Hoppy nose of flowers & evergreen, no shortage of citrus. The brew pours clear bronze with amber highlights. The nice cascade resolves into a mountainous white rocky head that is fully lasting and leaves great lace. The flavor is complex as would be expected. Sweet, acidic, and pronounced bitter finish. The full body is super creamy and soft.