badgerben (5283) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Dark copper color with a large head that immediately overran the bounds of my glass... Once that settled down, a huge aroma of grapefruit is presented. Definite hops, but the grapefruit blows away the floral hints. Taste has a moderate malt base, but this is definitely about letting hops run free. The pine didn’t show for me, but the grapefruit did recess enough to let the floral come out to play. A wonderfully balanced IIPA. Even though the citrus was very up front and malt was pretty quiet, it never seemed overpowering and off-putting. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 23 Jul 2007AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pours red with a huge tan resinous head. Aroma seems pour pine this time, with a candy sweetness. Very piney flavor with a splash of grapefruit. Brash bitterness. Oily palate. Certaily aggressive, but pleasant.
13 Dec 2005
Tons of grapefruit aroma. as it warms I detect some Amarillos. Not a lot of malts here. Dark copper orange with a smallish beige head. As it warms, the head becomes very sticky. Nice. Bitterness overload. No too much balance. This thing grabs your tongue in a full nelson and has not intent of braking the hold. Medium body. Pretty puckering and astrigent. I’d take Hercules over most beer, but for IIPAs, very avarage.
Pours copper with a thick, lasting, creamy head. Great strong hop aroma and a great bitter kick balanced with plenty of malt. Solid brew. Exceptional with any kind of spicy food too! Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
I loved the hops in this one, citrusy, abit of malt too, Poured a huge head, very warming, a little alcohol burn, but I couldn’t wait to have this one! Thanks to Secret santa for this one! jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
22oz. bomber, thanks to Joeec5 for picking some up for me. Pretty copper color with a large beige head that stayed around for a while. Big citrus hop aroma with some biscuity malt in the background. Bitter citrus hop flavor that was tamed somewhat by a nice sweet malty backbone. Very enjoyable.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Sprucey grapefruit nose with some sweet caramel malts in the background; building citrus hopping over buttery caramel maltiness; modest body for the style, though still thick, with a round palate; slick, smooth and very drinkable. Quite nice. awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. UNDRINKABLE. No balance between hops and malt. Too bitter and dry to fathom. I could not drink this beer. WAY too hoppy. The finish was very very dry. At least the aroma was pleasant and hoppy. That was the only good part of the beer. mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
A bit chunky out of the bottle I had. But a very decent I.P.A. overall. Nice hops aroma and good dry finish. Lacing was very good as well. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Bottle. Pours hazy copper orange. Quarter inch head that laces nicely. Stong aroma of hops, grapefruit, and some pine. As you would expect, hops dominate the flavor, but has an adequate amount of sweetness in the malt to give it SOME balance. A tad amount of alcohol in the otherwise hoppy bitter finish, that lingers nicely. A very solid beer and good example of the style. I would go back to this one again. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Hazy bronze-orange color beneath a creamy head. Caramel, melon and citrus come through in the aroma.A dry citric hop bitterness hits the tounge imediately, followed by a slight toffee sweetnees. Some toasty, nutty qualities are noticed before the hops takeover the flavor again with a little citrus and dry bitter finish.