Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Had this on the 2 day special September mini-release, and yum. Aroma is a bit faint at first, but comes alive as it warms a bit. Lotsa piney hop, but no shortage of sweetness either. Flavor is huge, a very well balanced IIPA. Not all hops, but a perfect balance of extreme hop with a rich and full malt backbone. Laced all the way down. Seek this out and enjoy! happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 (2003)Hop damn!w/much rich slightly roasted malt balance.Aroma is faint but sweet and hoppy.Thanks again Bishop!Had about 16oz. left in this this 32oz growler.Sunset orange/great lace/decent head.Great complex hop bite.Not over the top but has a nice pepper/citris/slight(alcohol) astringincy to it.Nice warming buzz(this is the real stuff people!).Just another reason why Duclaw(Jim Wagner?)needs to start bottling their beer!The head has a nice rust orange to it.This is the real hop devil.Why limit the quantities???All year hop love please?>>Go to Duclaw, this gem is on tap now.I don’t want to be dissapointed with this years(2004) rendition of this excellent Ale of large proportions.This years is more of malt lovers experience, instead of the wonderful hopage of last years.I haven’t had them side by side yet but...This really tastes like a better(tastier and cleaner) version of Avery’s The Keiser.So no, I’m not dissapointed cause this beer is really well done but seriously lacking the hops of a highly respected IIPA.Basically no citrus or cutting hops.Just huge fresh sweet caramelish malt and some octane and the hops just doing a great balancing act.Still very easy to drink, and the 9% is blended into the ale wislely,but the burps seem to be all hops(go freakin’ figure)Thank you Jim once again for this great heady ale, sometimes you just can’t please the hopheap but, I have had a growing love for really nice malt bombs so.. I really just want this to taste like last years, but yes, I will stil be drinking the hell out of this one this year.You’ll nail it next year when everything is running smoother at the brewery,in the meantime get on it people,I give it 2 weeks tops before this beast is gone.Till the next time...
2006 Release- (Growler) Man, this was just superb. The hop aromas were of green apple and citrus(orange rind,melon,mango) The malt character was so lush and delicious., the hop bitterness was plentiful and enjoyable. Very freakin’ smooth and refined and well, Just about as good as it gets. Nice lighter Co2, Oily kind mountfeel, like hoppy pints of silk.Excellent in all ways, 9% was there but just providing another devilish night,safe at home drinkin’ my favorite beer brewed in MD. Serum 06 - Nailed the style. Worth the wait. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Nice, hadn’t had a beer get my attention like this in a while it seemed like. Aroma was big pine and citric hops, with balancing caramel sweetness. The flavor was a match. Sounds simple, but there was a nice depth to the flavor, and the balance was just perfect between huge hops and big malts. Most IIPA’s miss on one side of the equation. This one didn’t. Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2014 This is a big hoppy XX-IPA. It’s quality. Orange in color, sticky 1-finger head. Yum! The nose is so floral, citrusy, hoppy. Lovely. KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle. Fruit and Resin aroma. Hazy golden body with thin dissipating head, nice lacing. Flavor begins sweet, with hints of raisins and fruit followed by floral, pine and hop notes. A sweet caramel finish with a bitter aftertaste.
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Oh sweet hops! I LOVE it. I'll call it a East Coast Imperial IPA. A bit different then the left coast, but that's cool with me. Good hop aroma, citrus bite all the way, followed with (as it warms) a slight malt backbone that added a toffee / caramel sweetness to round it out. Goose down soft carbonation, medium bodied, bitter grapefruit finish. No complaints. Waited a long time to see this one come to life and it certainly was worth the wait. Thanks Jim (and Jared). Keep up the great work.