Zeswaft (1757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Chuhhh Ching! This is supurb! Big mango aroma. This tastes like a mellow Dreadnaught. 8.4%? a little weak for a double ipa, and borders on too sweet, but damn this is tasty. One of the best IPA finds in a year or so. I think it was like $6 a bomber. Not too bad.
Rerate. Drank two of these tonight for superbowl. $4.99 for a bomber. A citrus hop bomb. One the most delicious IPAís iíve had in years.
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Summer Warmer", huh? This just hit the shelves at the local QFC. 22 oz. bottle. Head is thin, at first. It eventually dissipates into a wispy head. It has a nice orange and copper color to it. Itís quite pungent, considering that I can smell it even though itís a couple feet away from my nose. Lots of grapefruit coming through. The citrus hops are very fragrant. A slight booze aroma comes through. This has a pleasant aroma. Pleasant citrus and grapefruit hop flavor. The taste is quite subtle and tame. Itís not exceedingly bitter for no reason. It has a nice, clean, and oily texture. This has a soft carbonation. Imperial? Other than the ABV, I donít think so. If this were just a regular IPA, Iíd be all over it, but I was expecting this to be a bit more robust. However, this does sit on that margin between imperial and not. Iím really liking this brew.
mcberko (16623) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bottleworks, pours orangey amber with a white head. Wonderful aroma of piney hops, caramel malts (just enough to balance), grapefruit and mango. The flavour is no less hoppy, with citrusy hops, balanced perfectly with caramel malts. The palate is fruity and leaves a sweet caramel finish. Delicious - really well-made.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet juicy pineapple citrus couple with gritty pine. Bright clear copper, thick gummy meringue head. Big sweet burst of gummy sticky hops, lots of pine, and though it calls out the cascade, seems to have a simcoe thing going on. Easy on the palate, fairly light. Too easy. I could drink this all night. But it wouldnít be a long night. Finishes balanced on the tongue, not too fiercely bitter. Sometimes thatís OK
sblakey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Whisky bar, Seattle. Pours out of tap with NO head. Dark amber Coleridge, resinous aftertaste.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aftermath Imperial I.P.A--Brewerís Choice--2003 22 oz. Bottle. 8.40% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0 ) Clear rich amber color. Light lacy head. Rich sweet floral big hop front. Smooth rich creamy sweet caramel malt body with smooth tangy citrus notes. Rich balanced hop spice end. Big mellow smooth hops. Sampled 9/20/2003.
Aftermath Imperial I.P.A.--2005 22 oz. Bottle. 8.40% ABV. 80 IBUís? (4.0 / 5.0) Light lacy head. Clear thin rich bright amber red color. Mild earthy floral hop front. Sweet fruity malty tangy caramel ester young body. Smooth mild hot EtOH mild hop spice citrus end. Barleywine malty. Sampled 8/6/2005.
Aftermath Imperial I.P.A.--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 8.40% ABV. 85 IBUís? (4.5 / 5.0 ) Mild lace head. Clear dark gold color hazes amber orange with bottle conditioned sediment. Mellow rich floral Cascade hop front. Smooth clean bottle conditioned ester caramel grapefruit body. Balanced mild tangy hop spice clean end. Sampled 10/25/2006.
Aftermath Imperial IPA--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 8.40% ABV. 75 IBUís? 4.0 / 5.0) Thick pour. Dense lacy off white head. Bottle conditioned sediment hint. Clear rich amber color. Malty floral hop front. Thick sweet biscuit fruit malt doughy caramel herbal note body. Rich sweet hot mild EtOH hop spice mild bitter clean end. Malty Too Fruity Imperial IPA. Sampled 6/30/2008. $4.99 Each.
Aftermath Imperial I.P.A--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV--100+ IBUís according to Brewer. (2.5 / 5.0) Thin no lace minimal off white head. Thick sediment. Cloudy bright dark orange color with sediment. Big fruit ester malt hop aroma. Cloying sweet caramel earthy pine resin body Malty hop spice mild hot EtOH cloying end. Totally Out of Whack Imperial IPA. Sampled 10/18/2009. $4.19 Each.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of citrus, some sweet hints, spicy. Tastes sticky and resiny with some sweet hints and a bitter finish.
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Hudson in Seattle, Amarillo single-hop version
What would it take to bugger up Amarillo hops? Hales, apparently. Sticky, heavy, malty, even pushing burnt. Didnít bother to finish this one.
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from theisti. Dark orange, pretty classic DIPA in the glass. Smell is as expected - heavy on the grapefruit and resin. Taste is more of the pniey resiny hops with a nice herbaceous component (mint and thyme). Finish is mouth-battering resin and a little too much sweet malt for me. Solid DIPA and a little different, one of those that should be shared. Thanks, Tim.
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color. Nice head. Aroma has notes of caramel malt bread. Smells like foliage fresh bushes w dew on them. Fresh bushes and vegetables w caramel malt and soome floral hops a little citrus pine and pepper. The finish is the best part of the beer. Nice and hoppy. Body is medium to full. Lots of fresh leafy, bushy hops. One of Hales better offerings for sure.