Cobra (1100) - - DEC 22, 2003
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a vivid, brilliant, orange-copper color. Not much head to speak of, but plenty of aromas. Smells of pineapples, sticky, resinous, piney hops, fresh cling peaches in heavy syrup, very fruity & aromatic. Tastes are of pineapples, fresh oranges, tropical fruits of every description. Very hoppy, but not burningly so, like many other IIPA's. Strong malt backbone carries these hops well. Lingering bitterness on the tongue after it's swallowed. Rich, creamy texture to it, surprisingly so. Not harsh or excessively bitter in any manner.
Finishes sweet, with caramel overtones. A top of the line IIPA.
Seek it out at all costs. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 Pours a waxy autmn amber w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. The froth recedes to a full lace and a partial canopy. Aromas of sweet caramel malts and fresh hopsy citrus rind. Full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Nice. Sweetness factor is mild to moderate. The best thing about this brew is the hops. Big chunky, chewy hops that kick and scream the whole way down. A massive malt body balances the show here w/ just enough grapefruit essence to delight you. The finish is bittered w/ penetrating aspirin that hangs in there for a while. This is a classic example. I highly recommend this brew. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours a beautiful copper orange color with some soft ruby hues. The head is small and lacing is decent. Aroma is very hoppy, pine and flowers with a nice malt balance. Wow, this tastes great! Starts with sharp hops, then becomes woody and grassy organic, then finished with a crisp dry hop flavor. The body is silky but not overly syrupy. I really, really like this IIPA. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Had this at the Rose & Raindrop, Portland, IIPA. tasting. Orange in color. excellent hop balance for a IIPA. delicious tangy hop bitterness. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Mildly surprised to be the first outside the Pacific Northwest to rate this. Why the heck did bombers of this show up in Virginia? In any case, glad they did. Aroma of pineapple hit me while I was pouring, hard to beat an Imperial IPA on aroma. Had a bit of sweetness to it as well. Clear orange in color, very nice, long lasting head. Flavor was all about pineapple, with some grapefruit and pine in the background. Long, very bitter finish. Could have used a touch more malt to round out the body, but hard to complain. A very nice beer.
Coryphaeus (2) - USA - MAY 27, 2009 does not count
Tried it at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, Oregon as part of its "Washington Cup 2009" blind taste test. After tasting 10 different beers, it was the one that I voted as best of the bunch and the one that upon first tasting made for a "happy mouth". It was on draught and I didn’t notice the haziness reported by others. It had a very hoppy, flowery aroma, a high in hops taste, but a sweetness to accompany the bitterness of the hops, and had a flowery finish and aftertaste. Zeswaft (1785) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2010
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 IPA’s i’ve had in years. hopscotch (11419) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 Co-rated with scraff...
This beer rocks!
Very lightly hazy orange ale. The aroma is of sweat, caramel, light perfume, floral notes and wet leather. The flavor offers notes of caramelized pineapple, orange blossom honey and grapefruit rind. Thoughtfully bittered. Full-bodied with a heavy, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Great stuff! Underrated!
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2007
Beautiful, hazy amber color with a few floaties and some yeast sediment. Nose opens up with big fruity hops, and ends with a bit of orange peel. The flavor begins with a big, sticky malt body. Very creamy and thick, almost chewy. Then the hops begin to show up, fairly subtle at first, but making their presence known. Grapefruit, orange, nectarines, there’s a whole fruit basket in here. Fairly bitter until the end, where the malt steps in to leave a smooth, mildly alcoholic taste in the mouth. Exceptional balance. This is an excellent and underrated beer. I may have to hunt down a case of this these.