Shag (3000) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
This simply kicked ass. One of the better Double IPA’s I had in San Diego. A very strong citrus and alcohol nose. Extremely bitter and lemoney with a huge dose of pine. This one was very complex and a treat for the hopheads. Oh yeah! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Lovely crimson/peach coloring, transparent, pleasing to the eye, with a flush head, thick, proud, and creamy, very inviting, I’m going in...
ahhh, big, fresh citric hops...WOW! Melon, and grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, a bit of mango and even guava, what the hey! Mmmm, this is nice!
On the palate, in the mouth, it’s a melange of bitterness, juicyness, extravagant hoppitude...I’ll take it slow for more quiet consideration...Big bitter hoppiness, but well matched by luscious, thick, sweet malt. This is a well-put-together product, and other opinions I’ve scanned regarding any lack of balance are without merit, by my eye. You want a really hoppy, really juicy, spicy IPA, but with sufficient malt to back it up, further aiding the flavor? This is that! Hey, it even reminds me of Masala Mama, and that’s saying something!
This is very nice, and gets better with every sip and swallow, has a bright, coppery feel, replete with fruity, hoppiness that pleases my tongue to no end!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 On tap @Toronado... WOW! Nice copper color. Aroma is hops pine and citrus. Over the top hop flavor with a good malt presence. An outstanding beer! maxbeer (118) - ITALY - SEP 15, 2005
(bottle, Great US Beer Tasting in Genoa)
Hoppy and almost herbaceous aroma, in the mouth the hops are enormous but also quite smooth, the intense bitterness becomes fruity and even almost sweet.
SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
On tap: Appeared to look a ordinary gold color but with a thick and pleasant topping of head. Flavor was dominated with pure hops. Intensely bittering with a little bit of sweetness also. Aroma was hoppy and floral with signs of grapefruit and pine. I had no idea this was an imperial double IPA when i was drinking it, but now i see why it was so bold and strong.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 Finally in a bottle and it’s 9.4%. 22ozzie sampled 8-6-2007. Robo Hop strikes again. Wow! Hop city. Pours a beautiful golden apricott color w/ a full, creamy froth. Head retention is good and leaves a thick downy lacing. Aroma is XXXtremely hopped up w/ fresh grapefruit. Good alignment for the sinuses. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Massive malts are striken down by ROBO HOP. All taste buds are destroyed and laid to waste w/ the hop acid spewed forth by Robo Hop. These malts must have been on the run for some time to finally endure such an excruciating death. The finish is bittered xxxtremely leaving slought off organ matter to deal with. Bye bye malty backbone hello charred palate. This has to be one of the most hoppiest brews I’ve ever had and it’s so well balanced I could drink a few of them.*******************************
*2.9* On tap. This brew is way over-rated. It doesn’t drink like a classic IIPA at all. It does pour golden and has a nice semi creamy froth the reduces to a fine dusty canopy w/ nice lacing. I’ll give ya that. The aroma is sweet citrus rind and malt. I’ll give you that but this is where it stops. The nectar on this brew is weak yeilding only a medium nectar componant. The flavors are big on grapefruit and it does behold some pretty snappy hops but the malt componant is not dense enough to carry it to classic. The finish has a cracker like texture to it, like biting down on a saltine (w/o the salt), kinda crunchy and very partch rendering. Agian, the malt should kick in here to balance it out but it is nonexistant. It also has a lifeless effer factor. Very mellow on the effers. This brew is under cooked. I’d prolly be happier w/ 16 ozzies of grapefruit juice w/ 100mls of Grey Goose dropped in it. I was really looking forward to this brew after all the hype. Needless to say I was let down. commonmac (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
Tap at New Bohemia. Color is a light piney copper. Very persistent head. Impressive appearance. Aroma is hoppy floral and very appealing. Taste is smooth. A little alcohol, some strong hops, a little malt. A definite hop-centric beer that delivers with good quality. I’ll be sipping in Hop and Juice for awhile. Laid back. mkel07 (5949) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 100515. Vibrant golden orange colour with a level layer of foam. Pine needles and floral citrus hop aromas, with some passionfruit thrown in. Flavour smacks you in the mouth and leaves a resinous coating on the tongue. Big bold beer. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SeniorZozo (1843) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 6, 2016
Sharing session @ Budapest. // poured a deep orange colour with a creamy white head. nose is filled with sweet tropical fruit, stone fruits, oily pine hops, and floral notes. caramel bread malts, weed and citrus. slight herbal kind of aftertaste. very bitter aswell