jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle: Pours a muddy copper with very little head. Nose is strong of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and hops. Taste is loaded with malts, caramel, and deep piney hops. More malt presence than expected for the style and a hot ABV. Fun to sample, but not one I’d seek out. Thanks Eithcubes. Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Pours a very deep copper with no head. Aroma is very hoppy with some citrus coming through. Taste is bitter hops with a nice blend of pine and citrus. Malty sweetness provides a decent base to keep it drinkable. Mouthfeel is a little on the syrupy side. Definitely a sipper. Fine DIPA but not exceptional IMO. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Huge sweet malty mess helps anchor this crimson beauty...because the PNW hopping threatens to slide down the palate like a sled with sandpaper runners...all pine resin and citrusy grapefruit buckling the tongue as it hits bottom. What a very fine bitter brew. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Very hoppy aroma with citrus notes and a little alcohol. Poured dark amber/orange in color with a very small tan head that disappeared quickly. Cloudy with floating particles. Heavily bitter flavor. Flavor of citrusy hops, caramel, and a little pepper. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Overall, the 13%ABV is well hidden. Still, it’s hard to believe this beer is 200 IBUs. Either my tastebuds are shot, or this is more like 100 IBUs. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2007
07 bottle. Pours a dirty reddish brown with barely any head to speak of (despite glugging the last fourth of the bottle in the glass). Aroma is surprisingly balanced with malts in addition to the expected hops. The hops give off some lemon/ginger aspects and maybe a hint of grass, while the malts smell of raisins, cookie dough, caramel and sugar. Nice. Tons of malt flavor hits first, with some brown sugar, caramel, toffee and gingerbread. Hop flavor is somewhat bitter, but surprisingly smooth. Some grapefruit and light lemon in the taste. Finishes with a lingering woody bitterness that sticks to the throat and won’t let go. There’s still some gingerlike hop flavor going down the throat too. Carbonation is low and the beer is more slick than creamy. Slightly sticky, which I don’t mind. Thanks to Walt for putting this bottle in my forgotten cooler, it was a nice surprise.
hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2007
The aroma didn’t let onto the quantity of hops in this thing. The colour was very reddish and there wasn’t much of a head. The flavour is fantastic. It’’s very thickly malty but bam is it full of hops. Graprefruit in there a bit, but strong citric acid\ness and lots and lots of bitterness. fIt’s not offensive in any way, despite the overload of hops. lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 super thick IPA. lovely aroma and deep color. a lot of malt but paired with all the hops its a great balance. 13%...doesn’t seem like its that much, well hidden. a huge treat! zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours clearish orange yellow with off-white head. Aroma is hops, tangerine, wet barn. Flavor is caramel, hops, bitter, ketchup. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Hazy red, with a very solid off-white head. Hoppy nose, with a good dose of orange and solid piney notes, some caramel and honey. Flavor is nicely rounded, with a profound toffee sweetness that gives way to a nice almondine bitterness. Plenty of citrus and even a touch of chocolate round things out. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Had this on tap at Founders. Smells quite sweet, almost like sweettarts, as well as citrus and some pine. Taste is quite different than the smell, loads of hops, still a good amount of sweetness and malt character. Doesn’t hit you with a big kick at the end, rather if fades off and the hop flavor just kinds of sticks to your tongue. Enjoyed it.