trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Simply one of the best Imperial IPA’s out there. Pours clear orange with a wuge white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, and pine. A sweeter Imperial versus, say Ruination or Pliny, but very good. Hops are all over the place, but with a sweet citrus back. Malt must be there to tame the hops, but can’t really taste it. Great balance, incredible beer. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Very hoppy nose, loads of grapefruit and a tangy fruityness, light sweetness underneath. Deep amber body with a medium sized white head. Juicy hoppyness in the flavor, lots of grapefruit, very light maltyness, ends very dry. Just too one-dimensional for me. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
hazy amber color with off white head. aroma is hoppy and grapfruity, but a bit too sweet for me. the hoopy, piney, fruity taste isn’t bad, but there are sweet undertones. tingly in th mouth. not a bad beer, but not a gret one. thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated slightly hazy dark orange brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a sweet piney hoppy aroma. The mouth feel was strongly tingly from start to finish then faded into a soft hop aftertaste. The flavor contained malt piney hop and caramel notes. Ungstrup (38941) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
A slightly hazy dark orange-red beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy giving it citrusy notes of lime, grapefruit, and oranges. The flavor is powerful with notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, and lime, the alcohol lingers in the background. The end is very bitter - no wonder at 112 IBU’s.
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of resinous and spicy hops with caramel. Flavor of spicy hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light with a liquorous texture, the carbonation is low. This is not a stellar example of the style but it’s good. jgb9348 (6583) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Clear amber colour body with ruby highlights and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops, apricots, caster sugar & some pit fruits - real strong. Medium to Full-bodied; Sharps hops with strong sugars & spices in the taste-strong & powerful. Aftertaste bittering from hops and shows some sugars still. Overall, a proper imperial ipa - not my liking - but still a good beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 31-May-2005. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Excellent example of a DIPA. Classic look. Outstanding flavor. Deep malts and intense piney hops with a citrus grapefruit back bone. Damn, I just love this style. 4.5
badgerben (5378) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
This beer is even better than I remember it which is amazing in itself. Pours a perfect deep orange clear color with a think shaving cream white head. The aroma is out of this world. Your nose is basically having sex with hops. Rich, resinous, piney hops, along with grapefruit and orange citrus. The flavor is exactly what you want is an IIPA; full of grapefruit resinous hops and a huge malt backbone. This massive amount of hops in this beer is so well balanced with huge biscuity malt sweetness. I am a hop head and an IIPA lover and this is no doubt the best there is out there of this over produced style. Adam Avery is a genius!
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Original Rating 11/12/05:Hazy orange color with no head. Strong citrus aroma, focusing on orange. The taste is stunningly malty for an IIPA. The citrus is still there but very dry. It tastes more like citrus zest than the juice. Bitter finish. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate 2/29/08: Cloudy copper color with a large head. Big aroma of citrus, orange and pine hops. The taste is a very strong, acidic bitterness. Slightly vegetal. Bone dry malt. Yum. Same score. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Light hazy copper gold, sticky light off-white head. Nose of pine and grapefruit, light grassiness. Some sweet malt is evident. The flavor is balanced, musky and tangy. A bit of sticky resin clings to my mouth. The finish is ok, a bit thick and chewy. Lingering hop oil but not overly bitter.