illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle from Ross, the monroe transfer authority. Thanks to Navin for the free shipping. Pours hazy orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of rich toffee malts and citrus hops. Medium to full bodied with a slight syrupy texture. Initial flavor of toffee and apricot that transitions to a sharp hoppy middle. Finish is dry with a bold grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers, with a very small amount of alcohol detected. Definitely one for the hopheads, and not bad at all. Beer is a little better than than the score indicates. However, this is second string to beers like Hercules, Dreadnaught, Pliny, Hopslam, etc. Good to see some East Coasters taking a stab at IIPAs. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Courtesy of mgumby10. It pours a hazy copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma has an initial hit of sweet grapefruit hard candy (if there is such a thing), some pine hops mixed with malty sweetness. The combination creates a fruity – pale – almost hay like aroma. The thick mouth feel ushers in malt sweetness and grapefruit hop bitterness that seems to give way to a citrus hard candy flavor. A malty backbone shows up midway with lightly roasted malts and malt sweetness to interrupt the hop momentarily. The grapefruit hop bitterness grows into the finish and after taste. It doesn’t come together all that well for me. The flavors seem disjointed somewhat. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bomber from ucusty. Murky amber with a dense off white head. Sweet malt and orange nose, some earthy notes, a bit of pine, rather fruity. Very earthy flavor, a bit of pine in the back, caramel. Nose is far more interesting than the flavor, but still a nice beer. Borders in a barleywine. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Courtesy of PuddintaneBückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and citrus hops. It poufs a hazy amber, almost orange, with a small white head. The flavor starts with a big dose of caramel and faint toffee. The finish has a muted/aged citrus hoppiness. This tastes more like an aged Barley Wine.
Bottle: Caramel color, light head and light lacing. Nose of bright earthy citrus and pine, some citrus. The flavor is woody, light tobacco and bright acidity, lacking a malt backbone to backup the bitterness but isn’t under sweet per se. Bamboo? Interesting.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a deep amber with one finger white head. The nose is smooth and subtle only hinting at the citrus and hoppy flavor. The flavor is crisp and much to ones surprise much more aggressive that the aroma would have you think. A pleasant surprise. 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. 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. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks! Pours a nice rich amber color with a medium offwhite head. Smell is aged hops and malt with a hint of spicy hops. Taste is still lightly hoppy, but definitely far from a fresh DIPA. Lightly bitter, with some orange notes, and a caramel like backing. Better than I expected for a year old DIPA, and probably really good fresh. Thanks for the bottle! auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
22oz Bottle. A bit of aged hop, bright clementine citrus, and fragrant jasmine flower. Bright, hoppy and grassy. Not too much pine. Pours a slightly clouded amber-orange, with a slick rim in white. Grassy, piney and rich with resins, pitch and juniper. Nice spicy hop character over a decent toasty malt touch. Maybe a little wet with sugar. There is some dusty old lemon as old hops, but nothing cheesy and dead. Overall, this a very respectable high gravity IPA, with a little age on it. Thanks Piper!