Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Good floral aroma of an IPA. Copper color body with off white head tha left lot of lacing on glass. Head settled to a thin layer over top of beer. Nice citrus flavor and at the end had a good grapefruit aftertase. Crisp on the palate, a great beer. cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2005
This beer has just the right balance of hops and malt to really impress me. Perhaps its the particular variety of hops. Imperial/Double IPA’s can be overwhelming, but as with more subtle styles, lets focus on what they’re trying to do. This suceeds admirably, even though I haven’t beenvery tempted by Great Divide’s other offerings. I liked this very much- well done. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Draft: Darker oarnge. Very creamy,lacey,head. Even in a smokey,room this has a lovely piney,floral aroma while still being tastefully,malty as well. Aroma is just the start. Extremely smooth,creamy,but substantial,body. Although hops overtake the mouth,there is a great,malt,backbone that nicely,balances and makes this very interesting. Finish is hoppy and bready. Had a old bottle of this recently that tasted like a BW,that I would have rated lower,so I’m rating the draft sample,which I couldn’t get enough of. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Thanks to beeryum for this beer.dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Poured dark amber and effervescent with a creamy off-white head. Very attractive. Aroma is of piney hops with a touch of candy and a hint of grass. Taste is very bitter with a detectable (though not extremely prevalent) malt backbone with a hint of grass. Good body. A very-well crafted IIPA.
no head, cloudy amber color. very hoopy aroma, great bitter taste. heavy brew with a slightly creamy fininsh. i liked this.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
pours a dark copper color. hello hops. this is wonderful. i got no head when i poured this and very no lacing. has a malty citrusy hoppy smell. taste is hops and malt lightly sweet. truly an awsome beer will have to taste next to bell two hearted ale. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pleasant,distinct but not bold aroma, a quickblast of nicely blended malt hop that drys out very fast on the palate. This taste becomes sweeter as it warms,but the hop aftertaste was a little strange,oily and yeasty, good stuff, but Dogfishead, Three Floyds, Stone and Alesmith have better aftertastes jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2005
Dark toffee orange/brown colored body. Huge, thick luscious head with a tan tint. Wow the flavor is so perfect. Has a hardy aggressive hop flavor but is so well balance by sweet malts. The heavy body adds a creaminess to the flavor and the bitter sweet flavor holds on to your mouth long after you swallow. Aroma of sweet malts and apricotes. Has a netty lacing effect. OldRuffian (3) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
This is exactly what I want in a double IPA. The bitterness is off the chain, but balanced well by the maltiness that I think is essential for a good, complex IPA. I’ve never had a better double IPA, though I’ve yet to try that Dogfish 120. the 90 was only exceptional, not perfect. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2005
Pours a clear amber with a thick tan head. Aroma is pungent with piney, peppery hops, some sweet amltiness as well. Wow, this is how you do a I2PA! This is a true hop monster, unlike so many I’ve had that have fallen short. Pineyness out the ying-yang, lots of grapefruit and pepper punishing my tongue for daring to take a swig. After the initial hops assault comes the malt ass-kicking, leading into a mouth-puckering dry finish. Like getting flogged with a hop vine. Great stuff!