SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2005
An extremely enjoyable beer. A wave of citrus-y acidic bitterness washes over my mouth with the first sip, but it’s not overpowering...very smooth. The thing that really sets this IPA apart is a superior mouthfeel...for a double IPA this is an extremely drinkable beer. One of my favorites Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 Odd...the original post wasn’t mine...
Anyways, the hops deliver a stinging, citric burst, a very intense initial taste. The hops quickly fade against a solid backdrop of tangy caramel and bread. Hoppiness seems low for a double IPA, and the same goes for an trace of alcohol flavor. A fairly weak Hercules. jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Cloudy amber color with a short to medium white head. Smells light lively with a hint of fruit. Medium body and texture, lively carbonation with a metallic alcohol finish. Sweet, bitter with a sultle pine flavor. Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Poured an amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was pine trees and citrus. Flavor followed suit with a heavy kick of piney and citrus hops and some sweet malt with a nice alcohol finish.. Medium to thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bomber. Pours redish copper with large foamy white head. Great lacing. Good floral hopps in the nose. Taste is malty and hoppy. Very refreshing and tasty. light caramel and citrus come through in the end.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Recommended by Smoosh, this was better than I expected. This poured a dark orange/amber color with a thick lingering head that clung to the glass. Amazing hoppy flavor with plenty of citrus in the background. Nice dry mouthfeel with plenty of bitterness. Call me a hophead, but this was excellent! radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle. Deep ruby/amber in colour, large off white lingering head, some lace. The aroma was all malty (caramel, molasses, earthy) upfront but the floral and citrus (oranges, grapefruit) hops along with some pine were not far behind. The flavour was of citrus hops (oranges, grapefruit), malt (caramel, earthy, some woodyness). Chewy mouthfeel, large body, high carbonation. Finishes with a very long and dry hop bitterness. Nice beer. Thanks for this one snowtiger. sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2005
22 ounce bottle at home, split with a friend. Suprisingly light color, copper colored rather than a burnt sienna like I was expecting, with a well retained beige head. Tremendous malt profile in aroma, suprisingly not overpowered by the hops, which are strong, but they don’t overpower the malts like some IPAs. Flavour is the same, with subtle depth of dark fruit, carmel, toffee under the very powerful malt/hop combo that is just so wonderfully balanced and harmoneous. Slightly sticky, definite alcohol burn, and a little tingle just from the high IBUs I’d say. I missed the citrus and some of the other hop details that others found, but still a wonderful beer, and well priced for an imperial IPA. jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Right after a pour of copper ale topped by a big off-white head, there’s the aroma of sweet malts and citrus hops — toffee, oranges, pine, grapefruit. The flavor doesn’t disappoint. Toffee and oranges accompanied by a long lasting bitterness you expect from a double IPA. Yet, the palate is full and thick. This is one nicely balanced IPA, full of flavor. JK (6252) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
The dominant aroma is herbal. There are light citrus notes as well. A great looking beer. Dark orange and slightly cloudy, with a large and creamy white head; it looks as if it could have come from a cask. The flavor is predominately floral/herbal, with only a little citrus flavor. A very bitter beer. Heavy, creamy palate.