nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange red, light yellowed tan head that dissipates to the sides and leaves a thin film on top. Aroma is strong but not overly pungent, will good amounts of citrus and pine hops, both brought down a bit to almost an earthy yet bright almost juicy presence...some lemon zest, light brown sugar and caramel can be detected as well. The flavor starts out kind of bittersweet: toasty caramel malt dancing around with grapefruit and lemon peel a tinge of apricot...which comes to a halt mid-way with a wave of aggressively bitter pine/grass earthy/spicy hops wallop the tongue with a resinous bitterness that sticks and resonates throughout the finish. Sturdy medium body, sweet with a light bitterness in front and bitter with a tinge of sweetness in the back...fruity/spicy elements woven throughout. For a Midwest IIPA this is one of the better ones I have had. It gets even better as it warms...the sweeter elements come out a bit only to subdue the bitterness a bit while the bright spots get brighter and the tropical fruit elements seems to peek out a bit more as well. Good Midwest IIPA? Hell, this is as good or better than some of the West coast hop-bombs I’ve had. Excellent stuff. No other beer has quenched my thirst for hops like a fresh one of these. Perhaps if I lived on the west coast the case would be different, until then this is my top IIPA. RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Tap at Mad Mex 9/28/07 -- Intoxicating aroma; grabs your tongue and doesn’t let go. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Quite simply one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Pours a dark cloudy amber with an amber/beige head. The aroma is dominated by the hops providing a scent of pure bitter earthiness. Also, there is a very slight citrus aroma that is very hard to detect because of all of the hops. This beer is extremely bitter but is balanced out nicely with a nice amount of sweet citrus flavor. This is a hop head wet dream 165 IBUs. What?!