boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Thick sheets of off-white lace cascade down the sides of the glass after a tall, moderately creamy head slowly recedes. the body is a cloudy, rustic brown/red blend, very pretty and earthy. The aroma is absolutely toplling over with pineapple and mandarin orange notes, closely followed by sweet salted grapefruit, peppermint, pine, copious caramel malts and a dash of acidic lemon. The flavor just expands on these notions. Moderate to heavy malt sweetness is quickly laid to rest by tremendous bitterness that’s never too acidic, just pleasant and wrought with ripe tropical fruits and fresh bundles of pine needles. In this particular case, the pine has a minty character that seems to replace an all-too-often encountered cleaning product association I’ve encountered when pine is a force to be reckoned with. The finish is very smooth, bitter and drying, complex, satisfying and of great length. Mouthfeel is quite full bodied, soft, well carbonated(though never too much so), relaxing and warming. Very good, though I remain adamant in my preference of the summer version of this offering. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 22 ounce bottle shared by mreuschDickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Dark ruby with a "stiff" khaki head. The aroma is of candied hops. Cherry and pine. The flavor is pretty spicy with hops. Pine and caramel. Toffee. Pretty agressive, yet I’m up to the challange. The palate is med/full, with plenty of carbonation. Oily. This beer is really friggin’ nice. Thanks Matt.
Pours a nice deep amber cloudy with a thick beige head and good lace. Aroma is thickly resinous and pine with lot sof citrus and sappy- almost harsh. Moderate caramel malt flavor with a thick resinous hop lupulin flavor harsh cohumulone, pine needle- more of an oldschool hop-bomb, opposite of the pliny fruity citrusy hop character- this is more piney and sappy. Sticky tacky bitter finish. Nice DIPA. dmac (6592) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
22 oz bomber shared with willblake and Dickinsonbeer thanks to Pardefan98. Poured a great looking reddish/bownish/amber with a big frothy white head. Aroma was piney hops with just a slight hint of the 9.5% alcohol. Palate was very smooth with a medium body that had just the right touch of carbonation. Flavor was very hop forward that became moe apparent upon warming with just the right amount of malt balance. This was one great beer. strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
I love me some spice and this brew doesn’t disappoint. Sure its a double IPA and wildly bitter, but there is some strong substance here and a smooth taste. This was better than the summer ale and will certainly warm you up on a cold winter’s night.
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2007
thanks mgumby! Super malty aroma, molasses, caramel, some citrus and berries hiding in there, a subtle spiciness. Pours a dark amber reddish color. Hefty dose of malt and hops in the flavor, malty caramel and brown sugar, with spicy citrus hops, sharp hop bite, with a smooth sweet finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
650 mL bottle. Clear orange red with a fizzy white head. Aroma of malt, sugar, and yeast. Silky palate. Big sweet malty taste, molasses, brown sugar, and hints of fruit and alcohol in the slightly bitter finish. xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2007
God, I waited for this one for a long time in Portland. Poured from a bottle and let’s face it, you can’t EVER go wrong with Alesmith! Very dark color for an Impy IPA. Wicked levels of piney/hoppy in the aroma. Huge mouthfeel right off the bat. I am not a hop head by any standards, but I can clearly see how this was rated so high. Lots of complexity in the flavor between bitter and deeper sweets, keeps it interesting. Thats why I think it’s great. Great balance for a 8.5%er. But.............Hercules is a far superior IPA imo. If you can find this double ipa, find Great Divides and compare... tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Medium amber color with a reddish hue - cirtrusy aroma with notes of cherry, hops and pine. Malty flavor with smooth sweetness. Alcohol is rather mild. Some hoppiness throughout and a clean, dry finish. Terrific. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 2006 Bottle (also have an 05 via trade with WeeHeavySD that I’m gonna let sit for awhile). Reddish-amber color with a med-lg. and persistent off-white head. Big hop aroma with lots of citrus and pine plus some sugary-dark candy detectable. Taste is big, sticky, and well-hopped. Citra-pine dominates upfront with plenty of big, sugary malts. Really nice. I’ll still opt for the Double Bastard if given the choice though, as the "red" malts are not my favorite. Still a really nice and well hopped ASA.