matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2004
So I give thanks to The_Beer_God for blessing me with this hallowed brew, Thanks Mike!
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2004
The straight pour resulted in a foggy mahogany body and a luscious pillow of light caramel colored head. This Imperial IPA is not quite as aromatic as the Ruination I had last night. However the nose brings some notes of toffee, oak chips, plums, apples, some fruity summer suggestions pears, peach and apple. The palate hits with smoky notes of chipolata, apple wood, apple skins, plums, hint of raisins and spruce. This is rather earthy and discreet compared to many Imperial IPA’s. Wow, I’m so surprised by the smokiness of this brew! Lots of toffee malts but big Fuggles hop presence. Finish is a very dry and bitter bite.
Overall this is another very unique and delicious brew by the always reliable and innovative Fish Tale.
Cloudy brown/amber with a medium diminishing off white head. Huge aroma of pine, grapefruit, caramel, wood, bubblegum and berry. Medium body that is slighly syrupy, very chewy, and briefly coats the mouth. Strong, earthy, flavor of wood, pine, caramel and spice with hints of grapefruit, bubblegum, and red apple. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter with a nice alcohol warmth. An excellent beer. Another big thanks to Slikwily for this one! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 amber color with light floral hop aroma. lightly sticky and sweet with nice hop/malt balance. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
dark, deep amber color with a simple halo of suds...a soapy sweet, floral aroma lifted from the glass...a tad malty, with sweet berry-pie filling notes dancing about..the flavors were super fruity with strawberries, raspberries, and, well just plain deep berriness...a big bitter backing evened things out...low carbination...brilliantly balanced though...the malts and hops seem to play off eachother like nothing im used to...solid and complex to no end! beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2004
This is a good Double IPA. Hoppy bitter, malty, and woody flavor. Finishes clean, smooth, and dry.
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Sweet hopped smell of strawberries and apples. Flavor is a sweet strawberry, pear and white grape mixture. Not as bitter as I expected from 100 IBUs, but a nice thickness and a syrupy sweet dry finish. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2004
As this monster sets in the glass a deep orange-copper color with the head creamy in texture, the size monumental and the color a toothsome light tan as it fades slowly, the lace left behind forms a sealing curtain to protect the glasses virtues. Sweet malt dominates the nose with hints of hops, bubble gum and or fusel alcohol, fresh and clean, also a vanilla like aroma noticed, quite a treat for the senses, start is sweet, thickly malt, hint of peppermint and the top middling to almost full in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops powerful in their spiciness, 10 percent ABV also present in slight alcohol bitterness, and of course the “Belly Warming”, a quite dry aftertaste ends this quite quaffable brew. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Amber red color, light layer of a head. Nice yeasty nose. Chocolate and chickory, also alcohol and hoppy taste. Thanks Joe and Shell. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
Nice full hoppy nose, cloudy brown-red color, foamy head that is disappating. Light nutty and woody maltiness. Certainly compley and hoppy with a lingering grassiness. Not convinced of the balance but I like these kind of beers. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Aroma is hops, hops, and oh yeah, did I mention hops? Gorgeous copper color, slightly hazy, although it does not appear to be bottle conditioned. Light carbonation. Big tan dense head. This is a pretty big tasting beer. I'm getting lots of hop bitterness, more so than hop flavor. A bit of smoked wood which is very noticeable, almost too much so. I saw a previous rater who mentioned no detection of wood at all. In this bottle, it's very hard to notice much else (besides the hops that is). Long, bitter finish, a bit hot on the back of the throat, thanks to the 10% abv. The body is full, but not obviously so. I bet this would be good from a cask. A big, aggressive beer, but a bit one (or really two) dimensional, as a previous rater stated.