awebster (166) - 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 (2377) - 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 (1144) - 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. chriso (7536) - 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.