tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Hoppy, but not painfully so. Not really that much of a Double IPA. Not that great of a beer. A decent brew, though I don’t know why a IPA is wintery. blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
On cask: This beer had a very kick. Impressive. A lot of orange and hops. Not bad for a double IPA, i had expected a lot more hops. Very well balanced Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
I had this, cask-conditioned, at the RFD tasting. A fruity pale ale. Nice cloudy lemony taste with a slow blooming hop. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
very cloudy amber...on tap at RFD tasting. hop aroma, very fruity, and follows through with huge bitterness, and a tinge of belgian character. pretty decent SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle - thanks to axilla for the trade. Pours gorgeous redditsh amber with a moderate beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is mild, malty with a floral hoppiness. Good flavor, nice balance of sweet, mild malts and bold hops - assertive but not overpowering. Light to medium body and brash carbonation. Nice beer and very enjoyable. Too bad they only make this in winter...
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Fairly sweet aroma. Very crisp, sweet with some good hops. A very enjoyable beer. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2004
This is a fine strong ale - sure, maybe the malts and alc% veer it towards IIPA, but geez, I’ve tasted more hops in some regular pale ales. Ok, the aroma has a big hop - piney, citrus, some sweetness. Taste is sweet thick bready malts and a super tasty orange juice hop with hints of pine. I really do like this. Grabbed this bottle at D’s in Pittsburgh, 11/11/04 jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
On tap at Andy’s Corner. Clear, dark amber color with a thick white head.
Nice hoppy/piney aroma. Flavor was more subdued than the aroma let on.
Hoppy, but not overly so. Nice malt balance. Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Orange-red with thin, but sticky head. Sweet pine aroma. Wonderful sweet hoppiness here ... crisp and tart, a hint of citrus, but not too much. Superb beer. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2004
deep orange/amber color (looks like an O’fest), head is very thick, almond color, mostly lasting. aroma is grapefruit and butter initially. flavor has the bitterness level of an IPA more than a typical IIPA, but it’s still not bad. i actually think i can taste the fuggles. they aren’t my favorite hops, but i love picking the flavor apart for fuggles...good times. not bad.