jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Probiere. Dark slightly orange amber body with a small fluffy white head (3+) Aroma is surprisingly muted, wth some alcohol vapours, mild malt and whisps of caramel. Where are the hops??? Intriguing flavour, moderate hops, light caramel and a brief not of herbal mint, and muted pine needles. Fairly resinous and suprisingly sweet. Notes of burnt sugar and toffee as it warms up. Average to medium bodied palate. Quite pleasant but failed to live up to my anticipation. I was promised "maniacal" hops dammit! jonas (7549) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
Amber, low creamy tanned head. Herbal and citruspeel aroma.
Nutty, somewhat papery malt, honeyish. Medium sticky body. Light nut and fruit aftertaste.
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Jerc. Dark orange, small white head - frothy, yet slick. Strong malt, some hops and alcohol in aroma. Strong strong malt taste with lots of alcohol and only some hops. Formidable. Really sweet and strong. Full body. Good, just a touch disappointing though in that it didnít blow me away. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Smells like lime, caramel, courant, vanilla, graitfruit and citrus. The caramel stands out the most. Taste is lacking in hops for my money. Nice pine flavor but a bit too sweet. Aside from the sweetness this is a good beer.
Re-rate- Excellent on draft. It was good in the bottle but I would recommend it on draft because the flavors were layered better. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Orange Coloring with White Ring. Piney/Grapefruit Aroma. Pretty Piney Flavored..Heavy Dry Hop Hit. Citrus Notes. The Dry Hopped Flavor is Kept in Check by a Nice Malt Background. Really Nice IIPA.
Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange appearance. Nose is very hoppy with notes of citrus. Warming at first sip, and then drying and the second. Quite fullbodied and powerfull. A nice complex beer. thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2005
This is very good. Just what I like in the style. Strong notes of pine in the aroma. The flavor is well balanced.....caramelly malts in the front and sweet fruit and hops in the finish. tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Medium orange color & medium thick head. Grassy aroma with notes of citrus. Flavor is hoppy but with a farily well balanced base of malt to back it up. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Bottle at St Albans Beer Festival, courtesy of Duff. Iíd actually tried this at RBESG in Copenhagen but my notes were a little, ahem, substandard, so I was pleased to get another opportunity. Colour - light copper. Well, I didnít think it was "impossible", unlike a certain person in the assembled company, but I did find the alcohol rush a little overpowering. However, in other respects, it wasnít as powerful as Iíd been expecting. Sure thereís a lot of piney resinous hop, as one might expect, leading into a quite bitter finish. But thereís a lot of sweetness throughout and more jammy malt than I had anticipated. I didnít feel the integration of the elements was spot on. Iím not saying I didnít enjoy this beer, it just wasnít somehow as assured as Iíd hoped. Gave me indigestion by the way.
piscator34 (2515) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Amber in colour with medium-high carbonation. Huge grapefruit and pine hop nose, along with a good strong caramel malt note. While I had been expecting a thick and syrupy brew, there was actually a dimention of lightness to the palate which was quite refreshing. The up-front flavors are dominated by sweet caramel malts, which evolve into a more grainy note before the assault of orange and grassy (almost minty) hops. Not the most complex example of an IIPA out there, but definitely one of the more easy drinking ones.