ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
6th annual Bistro IIPA fest. Hemp aroma. Beautiful, dark, reddish amber with a ring of off-white head. Wow! Very good #1 or #2 brew of the day along with the Drakes Denogginizer. Pretty high in alcohol. Listed as 11% here, but 12% in the program vs. 10% for the Denogginizer. Unbelievable. chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
I had this last night at the Pizza Port strong ale fest. I’m not sure if I should enter this here, because this batch of Jolly Rodger was labelled as a triple IPA and was served on Cask. Anyway, if someone thinks this should be its own listing, let me know.
This was delicious, one of my favorites of the night. Very piney nose. Poured amber with a hint of red, little to no head. The mouth was hoppy to the extreme, but all types of hop notes were present and discernable. From earthy ruddy flavors to clean sharp pine notes. Awesome. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Clear amber color with a reddish hue. Huge piney aroma with some citrus mixed in. Aroma was fresh and huge but pleasant not over powering. Tons of hop flavor running all the way through but doesn’t over power. Mouth bitterness is well balanced with the caramel sweetness. smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
A great brew indeed. HOPPY. Hops on the aroma. Hops in the taste. Bitter but balanced. Delicious. Right up there with denogg. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 18, 2006
This was good. Surprisingly mellow for the hoppy aroma and high ABV. Nice grapefruit flavors, but nice and smooth, not harsh.
BeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Pours with a nice head. A great nose of hops and sweet malt. A great tast of fresh hops with a great balance of malt and I love the alcohol. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Man was this stuff good. Poured dark ruddy brown with a three finger head from the tap. Even 3 years old, the pour was rich with floral, pine and pineapple in the nose. Slightly creamy on the palate with a flavor extremely well balanced with pine and caramel malt. When it was fresh I’m sure the hops overwhelmed. In its old age, the malt shined through a bit balancing it out. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Huge and wow did I say HUGE? This is a tour de force of an IIIPA, Hops HOPS and yet even more hops smack you in the face and yet manage to give you a reach around at the same time. The nose is absolutely amazing and one could just smell this all night. Yes there is malt, big rich satifying mildly sweet malt with great depth that just compliments that wonderful oily, resinous character like a bikini models implants. Absolutely amazing brew that continues to up the ante in the Lupulin wars.
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Tasted on tap at the 2005 Pizza Port Strong Ale festival. Orange gold color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, piney and floral. Full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and toffee. Hops are piney and floral. Big hop flavors, citrus, floral and piney. Heavy but not syrupy. Extremely clean finish. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a hop finish. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Definitely NOT for the faint of heart. This is a nut-check in a bottle, if you know what I mean. Where do I start? Amber in color with an impressive clarity. Aroma is just an onslaught of hoppyness that leaves you thinking you are smelling it everywhere. Incredibly fresh smelling, it’s one of those smells you never forget. It sort of takes a part of your brain, wraps it up in hops and never lets go. Flavor matches the intensity of the hops but is given some oopmph by the malts with makes it balanced beyond reality. You’d never know the ABV was 11% because it’s not overpowering in any way. Just an excellent beer from some excellent people.