Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle RBESG. Lots of hoppy aroma and burnt sugar. Rich, full, round and nice. segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 I’ve become a fan of the Imperial IPA, and love the hoppiness. This was a great example of the style, surprisingly little c-hop.grapefruityness, but wonderfully piney flavors. Nicely balanced with its malt componant. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
thx to santa
pours a clear dark golden color, with a thin white head the flavor is piney/hoppy, with a very dry finish Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 Dark amber color with a fine, medium-dense white head. Dark caramel malt aroma supports powerful notes of candied citrus, resinous hops, and dried flowers. A slight suggestion of cocoa powder follows in the back-end. The flavor is strongly malty with both caramel and toffee aspects along with significant alcohol sweetness. This is balanced by a huge, resinous hops profile with dark citrus and deep piney characteristics. The big, thick body delivers a counter-punch of malt and alcohol that makes for a surprisingly drinkable, very full-flavored beer. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2005
22 oz bomber, State Line Liquors Elkton, MD. Real pretty looking out of the bottle deep copper with a nice inch of fluffy head, Smells even between malt and hops. Mouthfeel is solid, hearty body to go with those hops. Didn’t really seem up to the 112 IBU’s but I think that’s on account of this being so well balanced, hops very multi-dimensional. I could certainly taste the 9.7% but in a good way. Need more of this.
Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Amber colored, foamy off-white head. Malty and mild hoppy aroma, surprisingly easy hoppyness. Notes of sweet toffee and orange. Dominating hop and nut flavor, biding but with a good balanced bitterness on a fruity base. Soft and mild and a good all night I2PA. Thanks kxkeller for sharing! lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
On tap at La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland.
Pours orangey copper and hazy with a huge rocky snow white head. Tons of lacing, some thick and some fine works it’s way down the glass. Smell is very citrusy, strong bitter hops.
No doubt about it, this beer is a little hot. Alcohol up front that quickly smooths into a sweet tangerine flavor that even more quickly slips into hoppy flavors that become much spicier. Eventually the hops build to an tooth enamel ripping level. They are everywhere and dominate the body of this beer. After the first couple of sips that is about all you taste. Long lingering bitterness, numbing the toungue. Haven’t had an experience quite like this since I first tried Ruination. All in all though it’s tasty and I would have it again. It’s quite unbalanced and that doesn’t work well with this beer. Probably the only thing keeping it from being truly great would be a weak (relatively speaking) malt profile. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Big aroma of fruity hops. Big maltiness that somewhat masked the high alcohol and bitterness. Very appetizing mouthfeel that leaves you returning to the glass. jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Just as advertised - heavy on the malt, heavy on the hops, but the malty sweetness definitely dominates. Because of this, the aroma is more like oranges than grapefruit. It poured a cloudy amber with a foamy 0ff-white head. The flavor is so sweet that the hops get somewhat lost. Very little bitterness. And not much hint of alcohol despite its 9.7%. Tasty blend if you don’t mind the malts. BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle at The Avery Experience. Pours amber to copper with a tall frothy off-white head; lined lacing. Resiny pine and citrus hop aroma with a faint fruit(peach) hop nose. Peachy lightly roasted caramel malt flavor with a fruit hop finish. Medium bodied and spicy warming palate.