Nephilium (1807) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Wow... a nice strong IIPA, big hop nose, light carbonation, somewhat cloudy tan color, with almost no head. The flavor is a nice balance of various hops running across the mouth, jumping down your throat, and having a party. This comes close to the Ruination in its ability to prevent tasting other beers. This is one I’m going to drink as much as I can while it’s available. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
12 oz. limited release bottle 2007. Spring like grassy aroma. Hoppy with an exceptional bouquet and bitting bitter finish. Charming IPA in a nice and balanced range for a West Coast. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Re-rate; Wow this stuff has taken a turn for the ugly since it went to ’unlimited release’. Sweet and astringent, super piney and resinous. Ugh, I hope they don’t fuck up Hop Stoopid when it goes to wide release but I’m guessing it will happen. JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours cloudy orange with off-white head. Nice orange citrus aroma with some pine zest. Hoppy through and through with the citrus and pine. Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAR 27, 2007
On tap at the brewery’s loft / tasting room. Thick and delicious without tasting like hop resin. After reading a few other reviews that suggested this beer tastes like tea, I now know why I sometimes think my tea tastes like beer.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
22oz from matt at Capone’s. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a thick beige head. I smell oranges and a slight pine aroma. The hops hit you early and at the very end. In between it is all grapefruit and orange-zest. A very drinkable beer, except for the bitter in the aftertaste. I can still taste it in top of my throat. This makes it slightly less refreshing than other IPAs I have reviewed. Still a very well rounded brew. StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
650ml bomber, shared with VeloVampire - pours a deep amber/golden shade, with a relatively small white head. Aroma is at first a big of citrusy, orangey hops, but then mellows a bit and you get a big dose of sweet malt as well. Mouthfeel is very buttery. Flavour is extremely well balanced, with lots of sweet, caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops in the mouth. The piney character of the hopping comes out mostly in the nicely bitter finish. Has a somewhat tea-like character. Much bigger malt presence in this one than most other dIPA’s. Really nice. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
650 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore - pours a foxy amber with a small off white head. Big fruit aroma, as in grapefruit, along with some light apple and honey as well. Taste is bitter sticky herbal hops, more grapefruit, sweet malt and a tannin quality, almost like a black tea. Very nice carbonation. Well-balanced. Nice stuff. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
I swore years ago i would give this beer another shot before rating it as it was one of my first IPAs and i wasn’t prepared for the hoppy flavors. well, we now get Lagunitas in Illinois and i finally made good on that promise. this beer was just as hoppy as i remembered it, but it was delightful this time round since i now have the palate appreciative and not afraid of hops. lots and lots of west coast pine-y hops in this one. some carmel, grapefruit, and lemon, and orange on the flavor as well. yummers. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Pours a murky golden orange with a thick somewhat offwhite head that sticks around for a long time. The aroma is citrusy hops with an underlying malt prescence that gives the impression of balance. On the palate, balance, there is. Very nice with a citrusy hop flavor backed my a toffee-like malty sweetness. Finishes clean. Many IIPAs end up being too big for their own good. This one allows the enjoyment of the extremity of IPAs without the probolems of having too much malt and alcohol. Very nice.