kujo9 (1096) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2004
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Large white head on a clear deep amber body. Piney and grapefruit hops dominate, but moderate caramel and toasty malts follow. Light alcohol in the nose as well. Bready malt flavor with toasty & caramel, hops are piney in flavor. Well balanced initially, but becomes cloying in the finish & aftertaste. Full body, low, soft carbonation, lightly sticky, but smooth. Well hidden alcohol. IMHO, not a great I2PA. Okay, but not as well balanced as it should/could be, and not as complex as a lot of others. Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Amber with no head or lacing. Malty and earthy with some herbal aromas. Fruity hops consisting of grapefruit. Wow. The flavor is bitter as all hell. I actually cringed at the bitterness. Hop overload almost. This is one insanely hopped beer. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Hoppy and fruity aroma with grapefruit notes. Sweet and warming flavour with a very dry and bitter finish. Nice. Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
Sampled at TiggMTL’s post-Mondial tasting, thanks Mike (mds) for sharingFoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Copper orange. For such a lupulin-haired hoochie-mama, she’s got quite a head on her shoulders! That caught me off guard. I’ve smelled hoppier before, but it came out of a Randall, so that’s cheating. Somewhere through that hop field I did smell a little pineapple, so that was interesting. Obviously, this thing’s got torque like a redneck’s souped-up chevy. Enough alpha-acids to melt right through your gullet. Those who suffer from ulcers, acid reflux disease or any other digestive tract ailment should only use this to strip the varnish off their furniture. All jokes aside, this is pretty one-dimensional, but it isn’t supposed to be anything else. Rinse this one off with Cantillon and/or steel wool.
Hazy blood orange color with a small offwhite head. Some citrus notes framed by alcohol aromatics. Thick malt flavors with a residual bitterness. Tangible alcohol characters throughout. Mouthfeel is big and sticky.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Pours a clear red color with a ring of white lace. Aroma of pineapple, hops and alcohol with some lingering sweetness. Strong, assertive and gargantuous flavor of hopd in the form of pineapple,, caramel and alcohol with a strong bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. This is a very well done beer but way too hopped for my tastes. cquiroga (372) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4/29/05. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with footbalm on RateBeer 3/16/05. Amber brown-orange in color, viscous and bold in appearance with no carbonation streaming through the beer. Rocky and disappointing, disappearing head, offwhite. Fades to almost nonexistent whisp. Big caramel malt aroma, sort of plain, with aged hop character. Too much age on the hops to be of tremendous interest, but it’s still decent-- hop crystals and sugar. Nose is very piney, sappy, resinous peppery and lightly spiced-- pretty good. Still, I’d count it as a somewhat generous 8. Holy bitterness! Very potent stuff-- not near enough balance with citrus (if you wanna call this an IPA) or big caramel flavors and dark sugar (if you wanna call it a barley wine) to let it go down smoothly. Very soft, creamy carbonation when I swish it in my mouth, dry with a badass bitterness. Some strange dark malt-like toastiness and huge resin, sap, and pine. Incredibly sticky and sappy taste and texture. Huge grain alcohol/hop juice finish drops out to a biscuity, lightly toasty, big sap/resin bitter trail. Long and dry. Prickly on the roof of the mouth. Really warming and full-bodied. I guess it’s solid, and it’s certainly crazy (which is more often than not something that I admire), but I’m not in love. File it under "What the fuck?" Beers. I think this rating is pretty generous all around. muzzlehatch (4978) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
24 oz worth of 12 oz bottles consumed with many at the Ratebeer Mondial gathering, home of the mysterious Dr. Fu Man Tiggmtl. Amber-red, very little head or lace, almost clear...big, big Cascades prominent in the nose, other hops show up later, pineapple and vanilla, fairly potent and interesting...body very sweet, agressively hoppy-bitter, relatively smooth until the massive bitter attack at the finish, cherries and a bit of vanilla, lightly syrupy body...farily good, but would I want a whole one to myself? Nope. Lumpy (1803) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
BOttle. Strong hop nose-very sweet smelling. Taste-corn syrupy sweet, bitter, almost like an agressive American style barleywine. The sweetness is all consuming and distracting. Very sharp bitter woody finish. Not an everyday drinker, but drinkable. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle from Ross. Thanks! Pours a dark orange amber with hardly any head retention. Smell is sweet and malty, with hops definitely present, but kind of taking a backseat to the heavy booze and sweet, caramelly malt flavors. A little reminiscent of DFH Burton Baton in both taste and smell. Flavor is equally explosive with alcohol, especially as it warms, and the hops seem to get lost in big malt punch. I wouldnt go as far as to call this a barleywine, but it certainly shares some of its characteristics. Not sure how fresh this bottle was, but I would like to try one I know is fresh and see if it tastes any different. A year ago I may have really loved this, but last night it was just too much, too fast. And I was drinking it slowly.