gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Courtesy of jayg at Tampa Ratebeer gathering. Huge clear golden amber pour. Looks great. Good things to follow. Huge citrus hops in the nose right away. An almost unstoppable force of pine and juicy ripe tropical fruits. Incredible. Take a swig and experience heaven. Powerful, energetic. The hops work together in an incredible act of fusion that can’t be stopped. Profound. Amazing. Best IIPA I’ve had. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2008
On tap at Barley Browns in Baker City, OR--Glowing deep orange amber body with a frothy thin whitish head. Lingering bitterness. Not as overwhelming as the IPA at BB’s. A+! carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Straight from Shawn the brewmaster in big unlabeled bottle. I had no idea what was in this one and opened it expecting that it might be Shredder’s Wheat. Nope. I was knocked over by a Christmas tree in a bottle! The nose is all pine tree, spruce, citrus, that smells so delicious I could have orgasmed from just the aroma alone. OMG, this one takes a Bear Republic Racer 5 and puts it in a headlock, farts on its head, and laughs at it with pure dominance. Simply the most amazing IPA/IIPA I have ever tasted in my life. It could be called Christmas tree IPA, or Douglas Fir Imperial Ale. I swear Shawn through an entire tree into this during the dry hopping. The alcohol will knock you over, but it’s still well masked in the hops and decent malt backbone. A hellaciously long, perfectly bitter finish that suggests over 100 IBUs in my opinion. If I could have one beer to drink often, and slowly, this would be it. I vow to return to that tiny home town as often as I can, just to get fresh samples of this. I will never forget the old Tank Slapper in the plain brown bottle. A genuine masterpiece. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured amber golden with a moderate head. Awesome citrus, pungent onion and vegetal hops. So much hoppy goodness here. Resinous and spicy with a decent amount of bitterness. And not a whole lot of sweetness too. This is killing it. neepsntatties (2028) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Past notes. On tap. Colour...copper hued with a very slight haze and a decent size off white head. Nose...massively hoppy! The simcoes really come through as does loads of pine pitch and crushed ponderosa needles. Palate...geez sweet Louise!! Talk about sweetness! This is like a diabetic coma in a glass! Intensely cloying, this ale brings forth a brigade of toffee, Turkish delight and Medjool date paste. The piney aspect is ever present and there’s plenty of earthy, dusty hops. Satsuma mandarin hits the back of the palate and the finish is lengthy and still immense with sugar.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 On tap at brewpub. Pours a light copper color with a thin bit of soapy head in the middle. Sticky sweet grapefruit aroma - very strong and fresh-smelling. Thick flush of grapefruit character to begin, and the finish leaves a slap of tingling grapefruit and pineapple on the palate. I was really impressed with this one and kept coming back to it. commonshawn (1311) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Tap at Hawthorne hop house. Goblet. Hazy gold with white head. Smells of citrus hop and alcohol, fits the style perfectly. Hop, citrus, alcohol, sweet. A quintessential imperial or double ipa. Excellent. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Courtesy of jayg, thanks Jay. Pours clear copper with gold edges and thin off white head. Wow, big aroma of pine hops that seem to border on wet hops along with grassiness. It delivers a big mouth feel full of pine, resiny, grassy, wet hops that hit the spot for this hop head of mine. A mild malt sweetness never exceeds at making its presence felt beyond just a murmur. It leaves a nice pine hop sense into the after taste. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2014
A: Copper color with a thin off-white head. Good lacing.
N: Dried pineapple, tangerine, fruit syrup, toffee and caramel, biscuit.
T: Huge hops, bracing bitterness, overwhelming sweetness. Power hour DIPA. Fruit everywhere.
M: Alcoholic, resinous, huge body.
O: This is loud; screaming in your ear to get out of the way or enjoy it immensely. When talk about Dreadnaught, this is what I assume they actually think they had. Damned if this isn’t a killer at the end. BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2007
On Tap at the Brewpub pours out a nice cloudy amber topped with a white head. A Great hop aroma. Very caramel and hops all over it. A nice double