LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Thanks to bgburdman for the chance to try this beer. Growler shared at the C-bus tasting. Huge citrus and pine hop aroma that is expected of the big west coats double ipas. The flavors are lots of citrus and hop bitterness...very over the top but I loved that about it. Good stuff and another excellent west coast ipa. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
C-Bus 7 Growler shared by bgburdman: Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, citrus, pale malts, and some piny notes. Flavor, pale malts up front, citrus, grapefruit, pine. This stuff kicked ass. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Growler - big thanks to WeeHeavySD for this bad ass beer. Clear golden color with a decent size head. Aroma is monstrously hoppy with huge piney, mega-sour citrus, and other assorted hop aromas. Taste is monstrously hop-heavy with lots of big, piney and super-citrus hop flavors. Thick, yet smooth, this one really delivers a quality hop-forward flavor and feel that compares favorably with the Plinys - well done. A really good example of what a D/IIPA can be. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Handbottle. Thanks to Cbkschubert for sending me this one. Poured a dark orange body with nice head. Hoppy aroma, lots of citrus, some other spices as well. Flavor is sweet with hops and a really nice malty backbone to it. Decent carbonation and a thick syrupy mouthfeel. Overall this was really smooth and could not believe it was 10.5%, was not even tasted. This is a great IIPA. WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for the growler
tever (15) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Aroma: This beer reeks of hops, the aroma jumped out of the growler the moment it the cap came off. The glass holds plethora of sugary pink grapefruit, over ripe tangerine and pine forest floor after a good rain. The smell is overly fragrant but not really aggressive.
Appearance: An unassuming brash copper with a clean feel. Almost no bubble movement inside the glass, only a few strays. Head is full and fluffy, an attractive antique white.
Flavor: Begins with a lot of the same qualities as lemon iced tea; almost pungent and herbal on the front of the tongue, bits of apples around the sides and lemon bitterness across the back. An almost cheese like characteristic comes in next, surprisingly attractive for such a poor description on my part. Citrus moves in next with the same buttery grapefruit sense that the Pure Hoppiness possesses. It creeps around the back sides of the tongue and gently lays down a blanket of soothing bitterness. Finishes murky, almost damp and mossy with hints of kiwi and under ripe green grapefruit.
Palate: Medium body, somewhat hard with just a nip of carbonation sting.
Overall: Very nice with a curious and unique flavor. Not an overly complex or deep beer but quite enjoyable none the less. Highly recommended to hop heads
Growler courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear golden orange with medium thick white head. It might be in part because of the freshness of this but the aroma is just amazing! Citrus and pine dominate with some hints of grass. Nice sweet citrus flavors upfront, some caramel, finishes with a slight bitterness. I couldn’t detect any alcohol in this at all. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, but leaves a stickiness afterwards. Very nice IIPA. pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
Had thought once this was as good as Pliny, but a side by side at Toronado showed it lacked a bit in the aftertaste. Damn good beer. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2007
Super-fresh growler courtesy of naven. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever sampled. Bar none. 24 hours after I polished off the growler, I had sanitized it twice w/ warm soapy water and it still had an intense hop aroma. Hops so intense it almost singes your nose hairs. This is a very dangerous brew. I love it. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
draft @ obriens - had it next to pliny the younger and it was way milder...but that isnt exactly a bad thing. it was totally different...very unique. citrusy, mainly lemon aroma as well as very herbal. taste was the same...to be perfectly honest...it tasted a lot like sweetened lemon tea. definitely wasnt what i was expecting but very enjoyable to say the least. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Good beer. Milder than Pliny the Younger. Let me take this time to write about the happiness I am experiencing right now as drinking the exponential hoppiness. I’m sitting at Obrien’s, possibly the best beer pub in the world, at the bar (rare for me get a seat when it’s so busy), eating sausages, apples, cucumbers, pears, tomatos, a brie, a cheddar, and crackers (blissful combo). I’m debating on whether to choose Swami’s IPA or Maharaja (chose Swami’s). The crowd is great, the waitresses are beautiful, Tom’s washing glasses, my beard itches, and life is really great. Yes, life is great. and so is the expo!