BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
A lot of citrus and pine in the nose. Surprisingly thick palate, chewy. Very malty , piney hops. Hoping for more citrus, grapefruit hops. sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
clean grapefruit soap and pine. well regulated hop progression stays citric and pine, into the bitter finish. chewy tanic leather tobacco essence.
essence. phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Murky gold with a spicy aroma. Flavor is ginger, spice and a bit hoppy. Finish is a bit dry. General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 12 ounce bottle. This poured a deep yellow color with a half finger width white head that disappeared quickly. I was actually a bit disappointed by this pour... it was a bit boring for an IIPA. The aroma is a very nice mix of hops, pine, citrus, and a bit of spice in the background. The taste is a combination of bitter hops, pine and citrus. It did leave a nice bitter taste in my mouth after each drink and left decent lacing on the side of the glass. Overall a good IIPA but nothing special... hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Big hoppy head, effervescent and alive. The beer is clear and golden with particles swirling around inside. Strong hop smell (who would have thought?) is piney, citrus, fragrant, candy-like, and enticing. Ginger, cinnamon, bubblegum, watermelon... it’s an amalgamation of all that is indulgently sweet and spicy. This is the best smelling IPA I’ve had in recent memory. Alcohol rich, sweet and rummy but not overbearing or cloying. Well-rounded with a spicy finish. Easily the most drinkable, least unnverving 9% alcohol beer I’ve ever had.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a medium sudsy white head which settles. Aroma is honeysickle, piney hops, and grapefruit. Taste is initially sweet honey, then strong grapefruit and pine kick in leaving a huge hop bitterness in the finish-gotta be simcoe in this - always seems to have a slight pill taste in the finish. More powerful and raw than hopslam, but not as smooth. Still a great IIPA. jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is sweet, grapefruit and pine. Barely a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. $3.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle pours an off-white head that looks like a pillow. It laces with each draught. Smells of citrus hops mainly, then pine and spice. Some thick sweetness on the nose. Flavor is citrus hops and clover honey. That fades to spice and bitter hops with residual sweetness. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Deep gold colored body with a lightly off white and thin head. The aroma is massive grapefruit and green wood. There is also some sweaty musk. The taste is largely citrus with grapefruit and even some pineapple. It gets sweet at the back of the mouth like white sugar and crystal malts. Nicely done, but relatively subtle. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Really solid IPA. Had it on tap at RFD in D.C. Poured a nice hazy orange color with a thin white head. Aroma was super grapefruit and citrus hops with a little bit on the pine note. Flavor was huge hops, but really well balanced byt a nice biscuit malt flavor. Really nice Imperial.