alexsdad06 (10641) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014 Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very good beer, but not worthy of its high rating. Lots of hops here -- some aroma lots of flavor. A unique hop too for an IPA and I am not sure which ... perhaps amarillo and chinook? At any rate, I like hoppy beers, but I thought this was overly hopped for the malt backbone. A little too thin and bitter. But, I did enjoy it.
Bottle tasted in 2009 from backlog notes. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, toasted bread, citrus and aged fruity hops, mild bitterness to the finish. I’m not sure how old the bottle was when I had it, but the hops were definitely faded. nimbleprop (8723) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy copper amber with some spitty white head. Nose is Ivory soap, light pine, caramel. Flavor is totally gone, honey, light malt, no hops. Watery finish. This is well past being good. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
355mL at DC Elite. Older bottle- not sure of the date. Pour is a clear, deep amber with a thining head. Aroma of candy corn, floral hops, lemon. Taste is sweet, some candies, lemon drops, cough drops, lemon zest. Light bodied. Hasn’t held up well :( Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Bright clear amber. Aroma of caramel, not much hops left, maybe just a hint of citrus, I’m not sure how old this bottle is. Taste is subtle pine and plenty of caramel. Must be an old bottle. jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Very hazy amber/ruby/copper coloured body with a great dense tan head that tops the beer perfectly. Aroma of cardboard, low a.a. hops, caramel, flowers and some wierd metallic scents. Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavours with some good malt kicks and a bit of metallic (almost bloody) tastes mixed in. Aftertaste shows a light fruityness and some mild malt - but the earlier tastes are a bit overpowering. Overall, not the best IPA i’ve had - worth trying if you like the style - but don’t expect much! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 30-July-2005 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle thanks to Tetrik! Poured a deep murky orange. Aroma was mint, oranges and sweet malt. Taste is tangerine, pine, biscuit, and an herbal hop character as well. I really enjoyed this, and was shocked that it held up this well. A six year old IPA shouldn’t taste this good. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Name: Batch #999 Hop Fueleddukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
Appearance: muddy dark red, huge frothy dirty white head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with nice floral and citrus hops and a touch of fruityness,
Flavor: sweet crystal and caramel malt flavor, lots of nice fruity plum character enhanced by the caramel sweetness, light bitterness for balance,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
On tap at Brewery 2006. Brings a strong alcoholy flavor, but not the kind of hops I would expect from a Double IPA. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
12 oz. bottle from moejuck - thanks for this retired goodie! Pours a murky orangey amber color, with a few chunks and residue evident, giving rise to a huge whitish head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma of ripe red fruits with hints of tartness, along with notes of bready yeast, citrus, herbs, white pepper and dust. Fruity, biscuity malts showing some oxidation, hints of caramel, lemon tea, lightly tart and acidic, tangerine and spruce needles from mellowing hops, though still potent enough to leave a lingering astringent aftertaste. Medium to full body, smoothly tingly carbonation. Would have been interesting to taste this beer fresh, though it was still enjoyable aged. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear amber color with a huge rocky tan head, some nice lacing. Aroma, spices, citrus, some grapefruit, juicy. Flavor, citrus, fruits, light caramel malts. Highly carbonated, but that faded as I sipped at it, some bitterness still lingering around, pretty good.