HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2002
Amazing IPA, deep golden, almost amber color, extra hops add to the large flavor, bitter with great body, nice mouthfeel with lingering bite, assertive hop flavor throughout, excellent beer, one of my favorites rich42 (128) - USA - FEB 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 8, 2003 india pale ale? more like imperial pale ale. wonderfully strong - very well hopped - but not super bitter. nice malt backbone. bit of hop sharpness with nice complex spiciness. well balanced. uprated after second bottle - damn near perfect. fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle pours a hazy amber color with a thick creamy looking head. Has a wonderful floral aroma to it that smells like citrus. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste is special. Upfront caramel sweetness with a hop bite on the back end that makes you pucker. Leaves a grapefruit like aftertaste in your mouth. I keep smelling and tasting this one. The mark of a good brew. KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Beautiful glowing honey-tinged orange color with impressive canyoned head...Aroma is extravagantly endowed with whole-hop essence and light citrus/fruity tones...One is impressed with the smooth but irresistible wave of powerful but controlled hoppiness...It builds to a crescendo and then rolls away to a slightly fruity, hop-fog finish...The alcohol leaves its warm calling card as an afterstatement...This is not one-dimensional by any means...Plenty of body beneath the all-conquering hoppy phalanx...This is one powerhouse IPA that isn't top-heavy...It has intensity and considerable weight to it, but is refined and finely balanced. This has now assumed the top spot on my IPA list---and ranks high on my overall list as well...A marvelous product! Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 This is the corrected review for the "Bottlework's 8.5 percent IPA".
The beer debouches from the 22 oz. Bomber a deep copper color with a mountainous creamy head that is a beauteous light tan in color, as it ever so slowly diminishes in size, the resultant lace forms a thick and sticky sheet of lace to meld with the glass. The dominate aroma is hops, citrus crisp, refreshing and clean to the olfactory senses, sweet malt also present, earthy, robust, a real treat this nose. Start is ambrosial, nice malt profile and the top middling to almost full in feel. “Wham, Bam, thank you hops, say the taste buds”, as the hop spiciness rouses them from their slumber with the stern acidity adding much to the crisp and refreshing feel left on the palate, very dry, and a masterpiece of the brewer’s art, certainly meant for a lover of hops, and the 8.5 percent ABV adds a touch of warming to the tummy.
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Had this beer at the RnR, Portland , IIPA tasting. Orange-Amber in color. , very hoppy, very sweet. nice hop bitterness. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 22 oz bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a dark hazy reddish/amber color with a massive beige head. Tons of tiny effervescent bubbles climb from the bottom of the glass. TONS. Powerful floral resiny pine, grapefrUit, toffee, aroma. Divine aroma! Full bodied oily resiny mouthfeel. Lots of molasses up front then some pine, and some wonderful bittersweet hoppiness in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit grapefruit/earthy/chalky but ok. Just when you think there are too many sweet malts and too much syrup, the grapefruit kicks in. Just makes you want another drink pretty quicklike. Resiny yummy piney hops perfectly balanced with good malts....Very very good ipa following up some very weak to mediocre beers tonight. Glad to see there are still some good double ipas left to try. Or at least there were, lol! Hopheadfred (1) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
I really like this one. Nice bal. of malt to
insane hops. I typically don’t share this one. You can find it at Tacoma Boy’s
and MSM in Tacoma. as well as 99 bottles. -Fred "The barleywine Guy"
Fraase. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Damn near close to perfection. From a guy who has not liked many offerings from this brewery this drink, my favorite style, hits the nail on the head and sets the standard for West Coast IPAs (along with a few others). Citrus thru-and-thru, lemon-grass and grapefruit. Strong hop presence, sharp but not overbearing. Slight pine essence. Medium bodied with a great, caramelly sweet with a soft buttery malt backbone. Looks great in the glass. Fantastic stuff - Not to be missed by hop-lovers out there. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Pours dark amber with a great cloudy head. Funky aroma, fruity, very forward hops and burnt toffee. Taste is very sweet with lingering bitterness on the tongue. Complex.