Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Copper color with thin white head. Aroma seems light and piney right out of the frig. Flavor, wow, what Iíd guess a Holiday IIPA would taste like. Solid pine hop bitterness and flavor. Thereís also a fir tree quality that adds a greener dimension to the hops. Maybe itís a huge dose of late addition hops to the boil. There is the slightest malt sweetness behind this big hop beer. Chewy and yummy. LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Pours a dark amber with a nice, foamy head. Huge malt, citrus and hops aroma and flavor. More carbonated than similar beers. Very bitter finish with some sweetness as well. Very well done. AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Pours an amber brown with good sized head. Strongest flavor is Hops! Some citrus flavors in the aroma and flavor. Smooth well balanced flavor. Excellent IPA-type beer. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2006
My first ASA since switching it to my style. They call it an imperial red, but Iím not sure what distinguishes it from an IPA/DIPA. Big citrus and pine hop flavors, with a good malt backbone that balances the bite with some sweet flavors. Immensely drinkable; it disappeared from the glass heartbreakingly fast. The 9.5% is completely hidden. Great stuff. Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, from his Boston trip.Pours amber with a big beige head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and fruit. The flavor is fruit, sweet, smooth, bitter, and citrus. Great beer.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006
22 oz bottle. Deep amber with a puffy whitish head; blankets of lace. Right from the pour rum banana wafts up. Spicy toffee closer. After 9 months this has aged beautifully. Warm and inviting. Grapefruit sorbet then roasted citrus with a drizzle of sage honey. Dries with chewed green grass. As elegant as it is extreme. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2004, 22oz bottle. Beautiful amber-mahogany pour with solid carbonation and a nice looking head. Heavy caramel and nougat aroma predominate. Big malty sweetness. The taste is powerful! Potent sweet caramel with heavy pine and citrus running all through it. Wow! The mouth feel starts out creamy and finishes dry. I thought the carbonation could have been a bit less. This is a real kick in the mouth. Iíll drink it any time. Perhaps a younger sample will also be worth rating! Good thing Christmas is not far away! csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Thanks to KenB for this one. I really wanted another IIPA tonight, so I decided to open this one up. 22oz bottle served in a NB worthy glass straight from the beer fridge which is probably 40-45į. Light orange color with a small head. Plenty of haze, looks like a dry-hop haze to me. Aroma is honey, citrus, resiny hops as well as pine and some alcohol. Smells pretty damn good to me. The initial taste is orange blossom honey, tagerine and vanilla. The middle is piney, resinish hops with plenty of citrus in the background. This is very good and isnít really all that balanced for an IIPA, I have had the regular Yulesmith and I donít remember it being way out of balance, but if this has lots more malt, the regular version would have to be. This has got the rough, abrasive hops bitterness to go along with the huge orange/citrus taste and piney finish. This is an IIPA, ASA is just BS. It is not as malty as other IIPAís I have had (Free State C3IPA) but possibly moreso than other SoCal IIPAís. Maybe the SoCal brewers need to haev their own categories...Mouthreel is very full. This is a tasty IIPA. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006 RB after party. Rating #1,000. Much thanks to Slob for sharing this one from my wants list. Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that laced and sustained. Aroma of caramel, toffee and kind of an organe/pine hops hidden in there. Flavors of the same but I think oxidation has set in and kind of has burried everything a bit. I need to get ahold of another bottle to re-rate. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
Originally rated 1/9/2006.
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Woohoo, another beer to rate from my favourite brewery -- thanks Harry! Pours a hazy dark orangey-brown with a large dissipating fizzy white head. The aroma, well if I quote my notes I wrote "Holy $h!t thatís awesome!" A wonderful fresh hops explosion -- I love it! I dont know how the flavour can top the aroma but it does -- itís sooo flavourful itís ridiculous. Again, fresh juicy hops balanced just right with some sweet malt. Youíd never know this was 8.5%. Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Excellent, I donít know if IPAs get better then this!