Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2004
this is a great concoction, its very very sweet, not really an IPA at all, needs a lot more hops. But the taste it so deep, full bodied to the max, honey and molasses couple with sweet hops, you can feel the alocohol hit your nostrals, 20% alcohol you can’t beat that, wow. Quite the beer. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
(Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Pale amber small creamy head. Sweet and dense aroma of syrup with hints of tropical fruit. Syrupy sweet and heavy flavour of rotten pears, nectarines and sweetened oranges. Thick mouthfeel. Extremely sweet aftertaste of marmelade, syrup, candied peaches and pears. Small notes of grapefruity hops in the back of the tounge. Too sweet and unbalanced to impress me. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Slightly cloudy yellow orange color with big white head. Aroma is hoppy, but sweet as well, with some pine and caramel. Flavor definitely hoppy, though not really any more so than most imperial IPAs out there. Alcohol was definitely present, but not really overpowering. Flavor was pretty sweet as well. Overall a nice brew, kind of a novelty brew, but good. I would definitely have another (shared with at least one or two others). beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
Orange copper color with a very thin head. Aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is hoppy but particulary sweet, more sweet than bitter. Lingering bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture. Well, I’m not particulary impressed by this one, definitely less hoppy that I thought it would be. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Thick syrup pouring from the bottle. Tiny bubbles struggle to reach the thin white head. Hazy orange color. Smells of apricot, pineapple and alcohol. Dense body that covers your tongue with fruit basket of flavors. Muted hop presence and bitterness. Finishes with alcohol rising into the sinus. Tastes more like a barly wine than an IPA. Hides the alcohol well. Clears as it warms.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Poured an orange with a small white head that left lacing on the glass.Sweet hoppy, grapefruit, and alcohol aroma. Very sweety hoppy taste with nice bitter alcohol finish. I prefer 90 minute over this. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Hazy Orange With No Head. Would Like to Try This One Alongside the 90 Minute. I Enjoyed the 90 Minute Better I Think. Definitly some Hops, But Not as Potent As I Expected. Little Bit of Fruit..But That’s About it. awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Yeeech, first smell is great, but the first taste is like holy crap this stuff is sweet, kinda like those candies that are made that way. Glad I had only one of these bottles because I definatly am not a hop head like they say you need to be. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2004
No head atop the copper pour. Smell is not as strong as I anticipated. Very smooth for something that is supposed to kick you in the teeth. Amazing aftertaste. Makes you forget how much alcohol is in this baby. badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Original Rating, September 10, 2004: Uffda! Pours a dark orange color with no head. The aroma struck me as alcoholic cherries. The hops didn’t stand out nearly as much as I thought it would. In all honesty, I thought the 90 Minute tasted more of hops. This had a bit of an apple hit to it as well. 8/4/7/3/16 Re-rating, October 26, 2008: Dark orange color with a thin head. A strong, leafy aroma. Lots of tangerine and caramel malts. Big, rich, sweet malt flavor. A lot of caramel and a bit of toasted malt. Thick and creamy. Tangerine and orange hops. Definite bitterness, but I certainly stand by my prior comment of 90 Minute tasting more hoppy and bitter than 120. I think this is an IIPA with a lot more malt than should be there, if you were brewing to style. If not, then it’s just a damn delicious beer!