NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bomber. I had this a couple of days after its release and was rather underwhelmed. For some reason I was under the impression IIPA’s had a significantly strong hop profile. I waited a couple weeks to open another bottle and now am retrying it. The pour is red with a pretty nice tan head. More hops are noted in the aroma than I recall with distinct pine and grapefruit but it’s not very intense. A heavy caramel, berry sweetness is also noted. The mouthfeel is rather dense with heavy amounts of malt and the 10.2% is masked impeccably. The hops are definitely second fiddle in the taste. The flavor profile is mostly comprised of sweet caramel, dough, and a barleywine-like toffee flavor with a far off peatiness in the finish. Small suggestions of berries are noted. The hops just can’t compete with the intensity of the malt on this one, they only dry out the finish a bit. The first time I cracked open a bottle, I was very disappointed because the label touts extreme hoppiness. This second time with a different mindset, I enjoyed it a bit more. The main problem is that the sweetness was probably intended only to balance the hop flavors, but somehow became the most evident flavor. This brew lacks some of the complexity of their intentionally maltier brews like Imperial Gaelic or Tasgall.
[Bomber split with Muenster on Oct. 20] Okay, so here we are again. I still don’t get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
bottle, from Sam’s Quik Stop. Good aroma, citrusy sweet. Grapefruit, some pine, a toasted grain, peppery. Clean brownish orange color, good head that faded quickly, minor to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor, lots of graprfruit, pinneapple, little peach/apricot. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. It’s good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didn’t quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 750ml bottle maybe actually a bomber from JMichalel shared with Bartzilla. Pours orange with a 1 finger head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is sweet big and full of a nice big ass kick. Pretty damn nice east coast imperial ipa. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
bottle from Bruisin Ales...been sittin in the fridge since december..... pours a medium caramel brown with thin soapy off white head that congregates to glass rim..... aroma is dominated by caramel malt at this point with some remnants of some tropical fruit hops. hops have faded well too much for my liking..... flavors of chalky sweet caramel and dark fruits with a slight bitter hop finish in the end. it also leaves a pepperiness on the tongue.....not anything shattering but i really should have had this fresh. SlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Light hazy yellow, small white head. Cheesy hops, straw, caramel, citrus, light peach. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Medium sweet and bitter. Feels nice on the palate, good drinkability.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Pours a muddy looking, dark brownish amber with a small, off-white head that settles quickly to a thin film. Random spots of lacing noted. The aroma is very fruity and malty, which isn’t what I was expecting from a fresh IIPA. I picked up notes of melon, orange, grapefruit and pine amongst big, malty caramel and nougat scents. The flavor is again dominated by malts, with caramel, nougat, and even faint hints of chocolate showing through. The hops are discernible, though far more subdued than I would expect. Orange, grapefruit, and pine varieties are all present. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one drinks more like a light barleywine than a IIPA. This is an enjoyable beer, but one that defies its description, and most likely, the brewer’s original intentions. Viper666 (3287) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée-orange et semi-voilée. Nez de houblon citrique, résineux et aux notes herbeuses (thé et herbes), malté de caramel, moyen de fruits (abricots, agrumes) et d’alcool ainsi qu’avec des notes de sucre brun et de pain. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture résineuse et aux notes crémeuses. Goût amer de houblon citrique et résineux accompagné d’un goût fruité sucré (abricots, agrumes, notes de pêches) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût malté de caramel toffee sucré aux notes rôties et terreuses avec des notes de pain et de sucre brun. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool légèrement réchauffant jusqu’en finale accompagné d’une amertume de houblon plus herbeuse (thé et herbes mouillées) et plus asséchante ainsi que des notes poivrées. Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, amer de houblon citrique, résineux et légèrement herbeux, moyen d’alcool et légèrement fruité (zest d’agrumes, pelures d’abricots).
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2008
for a guy that lives in phoenix i sure have sampled a lot from this brewery in NC thanks to ucusty!... hazy caramel color with a fluffy light khaki head. aroma is overwhelmingly malty... caramel, toffee and brown sugar with a spritz of citrus and floral hops, spice and straw. earthy malt flavor is packed with more caramel and brown sugar, wood, orange and floral hops. pine shows up on the dry finish and leads to a lightly bitter aftertaste. the palate is on the sweet side but the finish helps clean it up a bit. the full body and mouth feel are chopped up by the dry hoppiness leaving this brew without the stickiness many dipa tend to have. still, it’s more like a decently hopped BW... JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Flaske, hos Yespr. Let uklar, gylden med et lavt hvidt skum. Sødlig, frugtig og ret krydret aroma. Fyldig, klistret, bitter-sød. Karamel. Krydret, bitter finish. Lang. Chudwick (3217) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber - pours deep gold with white head. Nose is floral caramel. Flavor adds resin. Wow, surprised with this. Malty and balanced taste wise. Torpedo on steroids.