KUEric (976) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Bottle: Pours a deep amber/orange color and it has a thick foamy head. The head honestly looked like it belonged on a stout, I was impressed. The aroma was like ceral to me, maybe a little floral, fruity, malt scents as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The flavor is a complex malty, fruity, with a slightly bitter finish. I felt it could have been a touch mmore complex and although some mentioned hops, I thought it was a little more malty/sweet than hoppy. Also almost no carbination, which I think if you go heavy on the malts you should have to strengthen the beer.
While I feel the beer is a little one demensional it does grow as drank. The initial taste is thin, the middle is a little stronger and the finish leaves with something to remember.
As I finish the beer, I really do feel like I can taste some of the nutty undertones, and really like that. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 I don’t really have much to say about this other than it was a really really good double IPA. Maybe one of the best I’ve had. But everything is pretty similar to all of them. rerate. Super Piney hops in aroma and flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Could rival Dreadnaught. Awesome hopheads and quite affordable. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours a pale, lightly hazy orangey copper with a frithy 1/2 inch ivory head. Leaves sheets of lace. Smells strongly of grapefruit and tangerine. Some peach and mandarin orange. Not a bitter or biting hops aroma but very sweet citrus.
Tastes tangy and bitter. A sweet citrus offset and intermingles with a biting bitterness. Tangerine very evident as well as grapefruit, orange rind and light peach. Mouth is lightly sticky and has a long biter hoppy aftertaste. You can lick the alpha acids off your teeth. Very tasty...I Like it!!! Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Loads of hops in the nose, fruity, citrus, oranges. Beautiful dark amber body with a big rocky off-white head on top. Sweet hop flavor, fruityness, some underlying malt backbone, ends extremely bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden. I feel though, that it lacks some complexity to make it perfect. Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Fruit aroma. Citrus notes in the flavour. Great bitter, but still soft, finifh. Complexity is the word apropriate to desribe this beer. Extremely refreshing, fantastic brew.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Fruity aroma, orange citrus peel, malty. Sticky, sweet to start, decent bitter to finish. Just a tad thin in the middle, citrus dominates. Alcohol is hidden well, this is enjoyable. DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. Piney-citrus aroma with lots of orange notes--kind of like an orange cleanser. Some sweet malts also come through slightly. This has a very large West-Coast feel to it. Transparent amber/copper color with frothy, long-lasting light yellowish head. Piney-citrusy sweet notes to start with a nice sweet caramelly malty middle. Finishes piney with hops. Hides the alcohol well. Nice IIPA that’s very reminiscent of many of the IIPAs I had on my San Diego excursion. JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
(on bottle) Golden orange colour, white head. Hoppy mouth; canesugar, pine. The juniper- and pineapplelike flavours are pretty dominant. Has loads of sugars too, witch makes hard to drink when not ice-cold. notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Absolutely wonderfully laden with hop aroma with no warmness from the alcohol. This beer was wonderfully balanced, with its 8.5%abv it rides the line between double IPA and barleywine. Gachupines (1252) - USA - MAY 30, 2005
Very nice hop presence on this one. Taste is dominated by hops with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Despite this, it still is easy to drink and tastes fairly well-balanced. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.