chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle, at RBESG grand tasting, August 2005. Hazy orange colour. Intense grapefruit and pine aroma & flavour. The aroma is sweetish, but its quite tart of the palate. There’s not much other than the hops here, but its a very fine example.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Pours with a large creamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing on a cloudy orange body. Strong aroma of citric hops with floral undertones. Strong hoopy taste with the florals comming in first and the citric hops finishing up on a dry, alcoholic body. This is the sort of beer you can imagine Sean Connery or Michael Caine drinking as they build the British Empire! maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Creamy white head on a cloudy amber color. Strong citrus hops aroma. Grapefruit bitter flavor Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2005
A dark amber color holding a crisp and sweet hoppy taste that an IPA should have. The only downside is that it has been hard for me to find. This may be my new favorite IPA. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Pours a hazy coppery red color, with a thick two finger head that fades slowly to a nice cap that lasts throughout, and leaves lots of thick lacing.
Smell; tons of spicy, floral, citrusy hops dominate. There’s a bit of a doughy malt presence, and a little nutty.
Taste; as with the smell the hops dominate. It’s nice and spicy, with a piney, grapefruit hoppiness, and just enough of a malt presence to keep the bitterness from being too much. Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth and a bit thicker than other DIPA’s I’ve had. The alcohol can definitely catch up to you in a hurry.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2005
The nose is very expressive with its PNW hop assault. Orange is the dominate aroma, but some spiciness comes into play as the beer opens up. The head and lace is picture perfect. The palate is very hoppy and shows a lot of alcohol, that while not excessive it’s very noticeable. The finish goes on for about 10 minutes at least, the hops just linger on. This is a good solid example of the style. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 66 cl bottle. Amber colour with a fizzy head. Extreme aroma of hops and only hops. Also very hoppy flavour with a alcoholic finish, a great tasty beer, endeed. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
22 oz bottle via trade w/ TChrome. Poured a deep copper with an average sized head. Huge pine and citrus hop nose with caramel malt and alcohol hiding in the background. Massive pine and citrus hops in the flavor as promised by the nose. Good base of malt present as well. Medium bodied and a little syrupy on the mouthfeel. Overall I was not real impressed with this beer. Extremely hoppy (like punch-you-in-the-face hoppy), but it didn’t seem to have the depth and complexity in the hop profile that I want from IIPA’s. Just a boatload of hops. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2005
This beer stands up to the strength that the name implies. The deep orange color of the body is surprisingly crisp and soothing. The first few sips are very strong and hoppy and seemed to hit the roof of my mouth more than my tongue. As the beer warms a bit the body gets thicker and absorbs more into my tongue and the hop character becomes more unique. This is a great beer that will knock you down if your not careful. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Very bitter and sharp Imperial. Pours clear dark amber with a humongous white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops, with some citrus and a wooden scent. Taste is bitter hops, with no sweetness. It has a nice back of malt and resin, which grows on you after a few pulls. Very enjoyable.