shadey (2101) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Deep amber pour with some highlights of melon. Head is white swirls of cream. Aroma is spicy hops with some sweet malt. Flavor is still spicy and bitter hops. The body is there, just about perfect, but the aroma and flavor are dominated by these spicy-peppery hops. I’m not diggin it, but I can appreciate the obvious quality.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty IPA, nothing wrong with it just very malty. Nose was slight hop but abundant malt with a nice citrus side. Goes down smooth and is enjoyable, but for my IPA i’ll go elsewhere.
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color out of the bottle with a frothy beige head. Buscuity malt nose with lots of spicey hops. Very malty IPA with lots of french bread, caramel and dark fruitiness. The hops come through with some pink grapefruit rind, resin and a grassy bitterness that lasts long into the finish.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via miketd. Dark amber color. Smell of caramel, hops, citrus, malt, flowers, pine, cotton candy and appricots. Smells better than it tastes. Taste of malt, sugar, lite pine, citrus, caramel and flowers. Water down taste to it.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours a clear scarlet red with a very thick white foamy head. Aroma is a bit grassy, quite citrusy, I’d say grapefruit aroma if I had to be specific. Taste is bready, not as hoppy as I would have expected, really not hoppy at all. Thin in the mouth, a bit watery, some caramel in there. Not a bad beer here, though not as IPA as I’d expect.
kyzr (1459) - Montana, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour thanks to shigadeyo. Almost amber pour with good frothy head. Nice citrus nose with a touch of roast. Flavor is all hops up front. Body is medium with a malty backbone that washes out to a clean finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of crizay. Pours copper/brown with an off white head that is big and lasting. Smells of tea, hints of citrus, and earthy. Tastes of tea, citrus and some caramel. Hints of bitterness on the end. A little on the malty side, but nicely balances with only a hint of resiny pine on the finish.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell yeah, a well hopped american IPA and a good one at that, only problem with it is the availability only in bombers, oh well.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured in a tulip. Hoppin’ To Heaven pours a murky burnished copper. It’s darker than I expected. the head was small and rocky. It has a nice green hop (no pun intended) aroma. It has a good IPA flavor. The hop profile is spicy with citrus tones. There’s a hint of sweet fruit in it as well that adds depth an character without being overwhelming. This is a very good beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 Clearish red brown with a densish offwhite head disappearing. big floral hops, a bit past prime. Toasty. A bit thin, not too watery, with low carbonation. A bit orange citrusy a bit alcoholic. A bit unclean? Maybe soem Amarillo?
Rerate: 30 April 2008: I’m much more impressed this time and this was acquired at the same time as the previous bottle! The hops crispness has faded leaving remnants of spice. Some chocolate in the nose. Solid malty backbone. Really approaches American strong ale, Arrogant Bastard sort of territory with the dark malt presence. Rich. A bit of grapefruit in the back on flavor. Creamy palate. Aroma +1, Flavor +1, Palate +1, overall +0. The toast is a bit annoying, but not overpowering. Some diacetyl.