govansboy () - - JUL 20, 2017 fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer, but over the years I think that it has been surpassed by other imperial IPA’s. It does have a "great malt backbone" as they say - maybe even too great, because it doesn’t really taste like an IPA. I would almost call this an American strong ale in the style of Stone’s double bastard ale. And some of the flavors, like figs and raisins, are reminiscent of a barleywine or a quad. It’s hoppy, but the hops are balanced, and almost overpowered, by the malty flavors. Regardless, it’s a classic and a great brew.
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2017 My absolute favorite beer. Malty and sweet, tastes more like a barley wine than a hoped up IPA olhj (3) - - JUL 20, 2017 does not count
Excellent IPA... Maybe the best American IPA that I have proved. I drunk during an Amtrak trip fron Washington to New York, and I got really surprised
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone toposito (6) - Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2017 does not count
This is a good overall beer, but I would not consider it an IPA. It’s not hoppy enough. It tastes sweet (caramel), malty, balanced. Bricktop86 (847) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 14, 2017
Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus and floral. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Poobah (441) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Amber with a thin head and a caramel, whisky nose. Malty and well-balanced. Has a caramel, hoppy finish with some alcohol warming.
cmacklin (1170) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2017
On tap. Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with a medium, creamy, long lasting, off-white head that leaves curtains of lace. Sweet fruity aroma of caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, peach and pine. Sweet fruity flavour of caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, peach, apricot, tropical fruit and pine needles with a dry, bitter, hop resin finish. Medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation. Excellent. Hopper8 (177) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Man this is an incredibly good beer. You can smell its balance right away and then when drinking you get the best of the Hops coupled with the smoothness of the malts. Really really good. Didn’t think it was the prettiest beer, kinda bland amber color, but the flavors were all there and the aroma is kickin. ozzy70 (1148) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Purchased in Grand Junction, consumed while camping in Colorado Springs. Poured dark amber, thick off white head. Aroma was sweet malty, flowery, raisin, pine. Taste was mild bitter, malty, piney spice, spruce. IncomT73 (6) - - JUL 1, 2017 does not count
Heavy booze flavor. Hops ok. Not to my taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone maupie (1098) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2017
Vat. Helder oranje kleur, fijne romige witte schuimkraag. De geur van tropisch fruit en alcoholisch. Smaak is zoet, droog mout, kruidig en alcoholisch. Medium Lichaam, weinig koolzuur.