arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
On tap, 16 oz. Shaker glass, Nashville Brewpub. Copper color. Totally diminishing white head. I was expecting this to be more over-the-top with a name like Hop God, but I guess they went for an expression of divine equanimity instead of power. This beer is wonderfully balanced, and though it feels a bit soft for a beer with 72 IBUs, it is not disappointing at all. Grapefruit and spicy hops aroma leavened with some cookie-ish malt, grass, and slight vanilla smells. Good malt backbone; sugar cookie sweetness balances the slightly salty, lemony and grapefruity hops and the bitter salty finish (which only gets slightly metallic at the end). Medium bodied. BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is orange citrus hop. Flavor is largely hoppy with not much else, kind of overpowering. Light bodied and dry palate. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Loved this beer! This beer turned me on to imperial IPA’s (although technically IPA, very, very hoppy) for which I am eternally grateful. Re-rate: Spectacular!! Hall of Fame. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Orange, tan head, almost identicle in appearance to the Bombay IPA. Fruity, floral aroma. Dirty, earthy hop flavor, with a looooong earthy, resiny hop finish. According to the waiter, this was the winning recipe from a homebrew competition. Very nice. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Cask, RAF Chicago, 2004: clear bronzed yellow, magnificent hop aroma. The thick pine sap that got caught in my nose, only allows slight whisps of the bittersweet grapefruit to pass. Dry bitter flavours where the grapefruit is much more noticeable and even fleshy. The bitterness is slightly overwhelming, which I can tolerate and even enjoy, but what I thought was worse was that the creamy maltiness wasn't developed more. Burnt bitter finish. This one comes close to be superb. . .
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
At RAF Chicago: Golden hued with large white head and solid lacing. The aroma hints of fresh pungent hops, caramel roasted malts, twangy grapefruit, and herbal notes. The taste is quite hoppy up front with a mild citric component. The malt and yeast is barely noticeable, but does provide some support. Bitter lingering finish. Medium-bodied with a crisp and firm mouthfeel. Almost double IPA in style, hopheads delight. Enjoy if you get some. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Poured a dark gold with white bubbles. Strong citrus hops consume all nose hairs. Piney hop taste with a sharp grapefruity bitter finish. This was really nice. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2004
bottle-conditioned; sampled at the Nashville location: Glistening golden amber riddled with tiny yeast and hop particles. Creamy, sticky, bright white foam. Toasted, cakey, honey-glazed malt aroma charged with leafy, piney hopsack essences. Fairly herbal and rindy, as well. Firm body. Tight carbonation. Bright hop flavors are balanced by a heap of biscuity malts. Mineral notes appear at the core alongside sweet glazed malts. Light hints of spicy star anise and soft, chewy hop resins. Balanced finish, yet brashly hoppy and lemony. Lingering flower and fluffy, bready malt notes. Yeast addition fluffens the malts while enhancing the spicy hops. Like a suped-up Tupper's Hop Pocket Pale. Clssy and delicious.