brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2006
Very soft,but distinct hop and grain aroma, sweet soft hoppy citrus,some malt background ,very bitter in swallow, tangy,slighty dry,tasted a little weak at first, but that bitter taste became more pleasureable as time went on . An excellent effort Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 On draft at the Denver location, 4/15/06: Bright orange. Just a thin head. Stark citric hoppiness, almost peachy. Definitely for the hopheads. I liked it alot. Also had in a bottle in Sep 06: Bit of a fruit-peel in the brew with a stark alcohol aspect. Almost whiskey-like with its burn. Excellent. cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2006
A very dark amber color...looks like honey with a medium head. It has a very sweet sugary bitter taste. starts out real sweet and finishes real bitter in the back of your mouth. I guess the aroma would be of hops, im still a noob and I’m only ’pretty sure’ i know what hops smell like. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2006
A pretty standard IPA, but a tasty one - very resinous aroma and dry, woody flavor - lingering biter finish - some background grassy, herbal qualities and mild strawberry sweetness - very well-balanced. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2006
22oz bomber. Hazy with a pink grapefruit juice hue. Large spotted white head. Strong citrus nose. Bready, wheaty with an underlining raspberry note. Sweet and sugary. Caramel and toffee. Bitter and citrusy. Lively and full. Grapefruit and woody. Finish is piney and caramel, followed by a tingling long bitter dry, sticky finish. The alcohol is really starting to shine through. As is the bitterness, and yet a small trace of caramel lingers throughout even into the long finish. The malts were initially dominant, but as it warmed and opened, the hops and the alcohol burn really started to permeate. And finally overrun the flavor and body. This is really quite tasty!
allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottled. Poured golden orange with a creamy head. Fruity notes to the nose and taste--orange, caramel, and a slightly floral character. A nice hop finish, not overly done. A well balanced brew. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Any first impressions?DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
-A compact head thrones atop the orangey bronze clarity.
-Scattered oranges scent the resinous hop aroma.
-Well-endowed caramel maltiness hugs the complex wooden hop flavor.
-A sensuous body transports all flavors further into serious enjoyment.
What if you dig deeper?
-An expectedly important hop bitterness traces its way down the gullet, but amazingly doesn’t shout too loud.
-In the end, impressive balance is reached.
-Earthy hops and toasted maltiness work very well together.
-A Double IPA because of the alcohol and increased everything, but one which could be drunk for hours without reaching saturation.
Bottle; no date.
Bottle. Hazy orange body with a big fluffy white head - good dense lacing. Resinous orange citrus and cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. Perky apple-themed caramel malt start with a nice layering of spicy, orange citrus hops on top; long resinous, bitter finish with dougy notes. A well-balanced and tasty IIPA. pivo (2689) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2006
Sweetish dough nose, lovely amber color, tall spongy beige head. Maple syrup sweetness, powerful hop bitter across the entire mough. Full body. Good balance. Tasty, big beer. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2006
Bomber. Pours slightly hazy honey color with thin, creamy white head. The aroma is clean and hoppy with a great deal of sweet bread as well. The flavor has a smooth, even bitterness with lots of pine sap and some earth. Beneath the hops is some toast, raw grain, and a light hint of caramel. Pretty well balanced, mostly because, as many others have noted, it is not as aggressively hoppy as it claims.