Cavie (4652) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Pours a amber-orange color with a foamy white head. Aroma consists of a fair amount of earthy hops and floral spice. Hops immediately show up on the flavor, dry with an even dryer finish. Some pine, hop spice and acidic fruit also fill out the taste profile. A bit harsh and dry. Pershing (559) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2010
Hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Hop bitterness dominates the taste with caramel malt in the background. Sticky slightly sweet finish. Cool Name for a beer. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2010
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear darker golden with a moderate fluffy off-white head. Aroma is more slight, but there’s some pine/resin, citrus and grapefruit peel in there along with a little caramel. Flavor is a bit disjointed, with a weird bitterness that’s not quite right, with more pine, citrus and grapefruit. This one was disappointing to me. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
Bottle from the Arlington World Market. Orange pour with a creamy white head. Aroma is very pine sap, fruit hops, caramel, and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, citrus, hops, a little alcohol, and bitter. Sticky. Hop finish. beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with notalush. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate off-white head that lasted until mid-glass and left moderate lace. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit with some light pine. Some light caramel notes also present. The flavor is caramel up front followed by grapefruit that is both fruit and pith. The caramel holds up well against the hops and is not overwhelmed. Medium bitterness. Very good beer.
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2010
Tap @ Kahootz: Copper color, clear. Super hoppy flavor with a solid backbone in the stucture category. It’s an easy to drink 2 IPA and it’s not bad coming from a brewery that produces a lot of sup-par micros. jgb9348 (6191) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
Nice caramel and golden coloured body with a thinnish tan head and a nice glow. Aroma of potent cascade hops, with a bunch of alcohol and a plentiful amount of sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive potent hops with a medicinal, earthy and almost syrupy flavour showing a good malt backbone, some alcohol and a pleasant finish. Aftertaste has a lot of hop bitterness, some mild sugars and not much else - perhaps a good overlay of malt. Overall, a good imperial ipa, on the lighter side for the style, and one that I prefer, since I like normal IPAs much more than Imperials. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, Colorado on 14-February-2010, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 10-April-2010. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2010
Pours a hazy orange. The head is white and laces nicely. The aroma is very piney and citrusy. The flavor is piney, citrusy and slightly sweet with a long astringent bitterness. Not blowing me away, but not horrible. j12601 (10920) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle from… can’t remember off the top of my head, in the mystery swap. So… thank you whomever you are! Pours a lovely lightly hazed orange with a medium sized tanned beige head. Really big sticky citrus, nice pineapple notes to it, clean and candy like. Beautiful. Medium bodied, nice pineapple and tropical fruit flavors, medium earthy malt and light toast. Big slow lingering quinine and grapefruit. Fantastic. carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
Pours reddish amber with a decent head that disappears quickly. The nose on this one is different than most. I get the usual citrus, but also something like cantaloupe. Possibly like one rater below said "acetone." Wow. This one is astringent and full of resin with little malt backbone. It goes right to astringent bitter pucker, and seems pretty narrow for an Imperial in that regard. The alcohol is evident and can be felt within just a few sips. Reminds me of Victory Hop Wallop -- not balanced at all, but astringent and intensely bitter with evident alcohol. I like it quite a lot, but definitely not my favorite. And you wouldn’t want to down several of these in a row.