GTown (127) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 A very bitter IPA. 100 IBU and over 8%ABV. Not a big IPA guy, but 44 is well-balanced. The Hops will "blow your head clean off." "Do you feel lucky?" Overall, a nice effort. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Orange in colour with a thin white head. Huge aroma of grapefruit citrus hops hits you pretty hard. The flavour was all citrus hops (grapefruit and oranges mainly), some pine and earthy malt. Medium body and high carbonation. Finishes with a very long intense bitterness. Way to one-dimentional and over the top. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Tap. Good doublr IPA. Light amber appearance with a thick white head. Strong hoppy, citrus, pine aroma. Flavor was bitter, hoppy. Well balanced crisp hops. Very enjoyable beer for those who like double IPAs, especially from a small brewery. beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Amber Orange w/thin head. Very very hoppy but without balance. Nice grapefruit citrus aroma but far too one-dimensional and sharp in the finish. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
This is a serious quaff monster. It boasts 100 IBUs and ABV 8.1% but it is a balanced brew lover’s dream. Citric hop nose. Nice lacing after the brewpub pour. Lots of malt and juiciness to this hop monster. Only a faint amount of alcohol at the finish. A great brew, indeed.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Nice green floral hop w. cotton candy nose. Lots of hops in the flavor but they aren’t quite balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel could be heavier. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2004
2004 draught at the brewery. It was nice to see an Imperial IPA on tap here. This is quoted in the description as 8.1%abv and 100IBU. Pours to a bright, golden/amber color with a good sized white head. Medium to full body, very crisp. Tons of hops in the aroma....surprise, surprise. Lots of bitter citrus, grapefruit, floral notes. The flavor manages to match the smell, punch for punch. Tons of biting, bitter citrus, floral, and pine tastes really show off the hops. As clarkvv and ringo have noted, the hops really taste so fresh here. They have the hops down. Now the malt could use just a bit more backbone and complexity and I think we’d see a real winner here. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 2004 draught @ the brewpub. Nice to see this style finally being brewed in Rochester. Pours a bright golden, with some light orange hues and a good-sized white head, but not very deep and no red tinges. Aroma is full speed ahead with the hops and the flavor matches the aroma with tons of bitter floral and citrus notes. The first thing I noticed about this beer, and then about the other beers I tried was how fresh the hops taste. In fact, I thought exactly what Ringo said , "it reminds you of chewing on a hop". Extremely fresh. Malting is nothing to write home about, as there dosent seem to be much of an attempt at balance, but oh well. It’s a start. Assertive carbonation, medium-to medium-full body. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
100 IBU’s and I tasted every single one of them. With that said, the lack of much of a grapefruit taste was a pleasant surprise. It had a very fresh hop taste, sorta like when you chew on a hop. I do not know what type of hops that they used, but again, they were not overly citrusy. A good thing. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
Slightly hazy yellow-gold. Frothy white head. Moderately hoppy, grapefruit aroma (expected more from an Imperial IPA). Some stickiness, but a little thin. Big hoppy, grapefruit & pine flavour w/ a decently malty (caramel) background (much more in line w/ what I expected). Finish is long & lingers.