NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 bottle. Pours a light amber with a white head. Plenty of floral hops in the aroma with some peaches. The flavor is pretty similar, decent caramel malts with definite spicy hop character accompanied by some bittering hops. Not too bad, but not the brutally intense imperial pale I was expecting.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
[Oct 14, ’06]
- Revisiting this I find I still agree with my previous assessments. This has a bit of tart citrus notes akin to lemon drops, and a very good malt foundation. I just think it screams to have more developed hop character.
[Feb 19, 2009]
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy copper with a nicely formed head. Very hoppy aroma on this one, leans towards pineapple, orange, lemon. Judging by the nose, this doesn’t seem to be as bitter as one may expect from the style. The flavor is juicy and hoppy, not extra dry or piercing. Bright citrus everywhere, pineapple, dash of ammonia in the finish. This is a very drinkable and juicy IIPA.
Round 2 of IIPA Sunday, i believe i owe some thanks to Kevin for this one. pour is a deep copper with a huge foamy cream colored head, aroma is nuts, pine, citrus and a bit of toffee. flavor has a perfect balance...the backbone is evident but so many different aspects of the hop profile assault your tastes. oddly enough, i thought this was more bitter than Founders Devil Dancer, especially in the sense that more of the bitteness lingers on the palate. alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Creamy head that lasts. Golden copper color. Bitter with lots of malts and hops. Slight sweet taste-maybe caramel. This a phenomenal beer! slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Big 22 oz bottle. Nice deep copper color with nice head. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus and malt. Full bodied, lots of malt with caramel flavors, but hops come through strong and last. Very bitter IPA with a nice alcohol punch. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Bomber. Poured a deep, hazy, eerie orange with a light wispy whitish head. Powerful grapefruit and pine forest in the nose, with a sweet caramel backing. Equally-aggressive flavor profile, showcasing the bright citrus and piney hops, but the caramel and other sweet malts really hold it together. Bitter, fruity, and somewhat dry on the finish. Not overly complex, but extremely well-done.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Amber, slightly hazy with a moderate off white head. Aroma of grapefruit and potent hops. Sweet malt flavor with plenty of citrus, grapefruit, floral notes, and pine flavors. Very sweet yet with an excellent hop finish to cool the palate. Quite enjoyable. can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Wow, packs a big punch. Tons of big piney hoppiness, not for the faint of heart. 85 IBU’s? Nice. A very well crafted double IPA. Great colour, mouth feel, exactly what a hop head wants. moody (12) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Can’t put my finger on it. Strange aftertast I just can’t describe with this one. Not bad. Pleasant and quite drinkable. Reminds me of the first time I tossed off. I enjoyed it, but I have to do it again to tell you why. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Amber color with a thick and lasting white head. Fantastic citrusy hop aroma that also reveals plenty of malt backing. I’m immediately struck by the strong Grapefruit flavors in this beer. At once, it’s bitter and hoppy and immediately sweet. Perfectly balanced. This one will be making regular fridge appearances. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
Deep amber colour, i.e. very dark for an India "Pale" Ale. The malty sweetness dominates the initial flavour but the finish is classic: Citric and very bitter. IMHO the beer is almost overbalanced.