SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2006
on tap at brewpub. pours a butterscotch color with a thin, resilient head. served in a beer goblet. soft hop aroma, pleasant mild pine essence, and a floral side. flavor is tart, sweet, bitter, pine tree, and echoes of all the above. a long mouth feel. this is a slow beer with a languid finish. nothing brutal about this imperial ipa. It is soft with a rich tapestry of flavors. SpringsLicker (3617) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Sampled at the Capitol Hill location during RBSG 2006.
Pours with a fleeting white head over a clear gold body.
Hop aroma dominates with pine and citrus.
Sweet malt covered well by pineapple hop flavors. Overall bitterness with good supporting malts. Smooth and well done. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Draft @ Union Station - Chill hazed orange, creamy light tan head. Deep hoppy nose of full-on grapefruit and pine, with faint touches of fuzzy fruits. Just a very slight hint of sweet malt too. Great juicy hop flavor throughout and almost perfectly unbalanced (in my book), with again just a touch of caramel malt in the background. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Real nice hop juice... TheBeerGod (6209) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Draft at the Union Station location during the RBSG DC Pub Crawl. Hazed amber. Nose is rich, fresh and juicy hops, sweet malts, and caramel. Taste is hoppy, but sweet with creamy malts, light pine, and citrus fruits. Body is smooth as silk with a fine carbonation feel. Finishes with more juicy, fresh hops, sweet creamy malts and caramel. Nice! 3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Sampled at Capitol City, Capitol Hill, DC. Clear, medium-dark rusty orange colored body, with thick, off-white lacing, but not much of a head. Nose of apricots, dry peach rind, moderately sweet up front, more juicy and pulp-like on the back of the tongue. Moderate-to-thick texture, syrupy but not oily or sticky. Juice-like. Full of rresiny, pulpy peach and apricot hop flavors. Reminds me of Maharaja slightly. When warmer the nose is slightly more oily and fuesal, but it’s still a solid beer.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
On tap, Capital Hill location, RBSG pubcrawl. Pour is light copper with a reddish tinge under a whispy Rorschach like beige head. Aroma is full of piney and citric hops, very soft smelling. The malt is there, but definately back seat. Light notes of apricot. Fairly aggressively hopped, citric bitterness with a hearty earthy character. Malt base is sticky and sweet with minimal to no alcohol. Long lingering finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Just short of creamy in texture. Overall, very well done. Aggressive, yet not packing the huge alcohol presence that I find in many IIPA’s. aracauna (3592) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Clear amber. Ok head. The aroma is definitely hoppy, although it goes more the way of christmas tree sappiness instead of the juicy fruit hops of the Pale Rider. The flavor is fairly rich pale malt sweetness with a hot hop bitterness to back it up. The hops are very fresh tasting, must be dry hopped. Definitely an IIPA, but still pretty balanced. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
At Cap City, Capitol Hill location. Clear golden with a white head. Beautiful mix of citrusy piney hops in the nose. Flavor has big notes of Pacific NW hops goodness (grapefruit, citrus, pine) then came fruity notes of papaya and a tinge of real apricot. Pleasantly sweet, plenty of hop bitterness in this one. Has a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Even though it says 9%, it felt more like an IPA than an imperial - anyway who cares, it was good. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Draft @ the Capitol Hill BP. A very nice represenation of the style. Nice citrus/flowery hop flavor. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Draft... Union Station location... Clear, golden ale with a large, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Big cascade, ahtanum, Simcoe and nugget hops in the aroma. Grapefruit and pineapple with a dash of evergreen. Some tropical fruit as well (mango?). Fruity flavor, but no sweetness up front... even when it warms. Grapefruit rind and pine on the backside. Full-bodied and velvety with minimal carbonation. Long, tongue-numbingly bitter finish. Even with tons of malt on hand, the bitter hops are popping out of their blouses. They’re everywhere. Bitter as hell and tangy. A little too much for me, but a true hophead’s dream!