BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2004 bottle thanks to lumpy. Obviously past its hop prime, but who makes a DIPA as an anniversary beer to age? Pours with a hazy orange body and a large head that fades and leaves good lace. Aroma is barley wine, malty, maple aroma, cardboard, fruits, dirt and no real hops. Similar malt profile to the Maharajah. Taste is sweet with cardboard, orange, caramel and light alcohol. Lively bubbles. Ernest (7918) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is heavily hoppy (apricot, resin/pine, grapefruit), moderately malty (cookie). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Oh, it's a double, all right. It's been a while since I've had one with this creamy/thick of a mouthfeel, and the flavor profile is quite nice for something so blatantly hop-heavy and American (usually they scrape my mouth out with high-alpha sandpaper, but this one is a bit more elegant [if that's possible in a style like this]). I don't care for the hop varieties; the aroma doesn't attract me, but that's a personal thing...American hop lovers will undoubtedly go nuts, as this is dry-hopped to hell and back with four different varieties. The malt shines through well enough in the nose, but other than that it's all hops (and like a wine that's virtually all fruit in the nose, that's just not enough for me). Sorry, Adam, this isn't going to convert me to the dark side, but there's no denying this recipe is a success. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Pours a nice rich copper color with a thick and well-lacing off-white head. Bold, sweet grapefruity aroma with a good hop presence. Nice sweet caramel candy maltiness in the body is well balanced with an assertive fresh piney hoppiness that imparts a load of grapefruit flavor to the beer. Finishes dry, crisp, refreshing and hides the alcohol very well. A quite enjoyable double IPA. Thanks TAR for picking this up for me! Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Thanks to hopdog for this one!! Almost clear peach pour with a substantial dense & rocky beige head. Very nice intricate lacing. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit, lemon zest, pine needles, and sweet caramel malts. A tingly hoppy assault hits the tastebuds first. Flavor followed the aroma quite closely, with a little butterscotch toward the back of the mouth. Finish was long and bitter, with predominantly citrus and pine present. Brew coated the mouth well and had an oily texture.
Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 21, 2005
Lightly cloudy ash amber with white froth head. Highly hoppy . Here should I finish, but I simply can’t. Readers need to know more, right? Ok then, here we go: hops, hops then with next sip I had hops. But wait! - Hops. Oi !
ClarkVV (7051) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 2004 bomber consumed on 11.23.05. Pours with an absolute immense amount of deep beige head that is very hard to contain. Even just a slight pour yields three to four inches of head. The bottle has been kept in perfect conditions, so this is not too surprising. Color is a dull bronze-amber, with some light mahogany-beige notes, clear and filtered, but with some sediment falling out of solution. Aroma shows pine soil, pine sap, lemons and sugar, limes, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and more resin. Not a whole lot of complexity, though the intensity of the pine has decreased I would imagine, having more of an earthy, dry, old chewy sentiment about it. The flavor confirms this. Chewy/sticky texture of pine resin, dry and lightly acidic, with light grapefruit, lemons and some caramelly sugars. Low to moderate carbonation, but yet the bubbles are large and hugely expansive, way too much so, giving a frothy, airy texture. Drinking more than half a glass proves tiresome to the palate, being cloyed from the lack of complexity and piney dryness. Caramel malt does little to break up the monotony, while some dry, earthy notes that just seem dirty and out of place. Alcohol is well-concealed and only lightly warming. vyvvy (6959) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2006
I wish I would have had this far before now, but I picked it up anyway. Pours clear orange / bronze wtiha light tan head that’s surprisingly big for the age. It also gives very nice lacing. The aroma still had grapefruit hops and musty malt. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Taste has musty malts with a good amount of caramel. Finish has the malt, but it is joined by some spicy hops and bits of grapefruit. For the age this has held up very well, it is still drinkable; although I wish I could have tried this fresh - so it goes. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Bottle pours golden, large cream colored frothy head, spotty lacing, with subtle carbonation. Hops, caramel, and apple on the nose. Forwardly fruity, apple, with notes of hops. Slight malty backbone with hints of alcohol.
Body and mouthfeel are decent. Not as offensive as I thought this was going to be. Rather easy and refreshing. Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade! egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Poured a copper color with a large white head and nice lacing. Aroma of piney hops, vanilla, and grapefruit. Bitter and piney hop taste, light alcohol.