BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Any questions? This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Granted I have yet to sample Pliny the Younger or Elder fro that matter. Three Floyde’s has eluded me to this point...so for now, this is it. Color, Aroma, Taste, all of it, this is the one. By the way, don’t plan on driving once you’ve consumed it neepsntatties (2008) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Had this on tap this past weekend at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK. Colour... lightly cloudy dark golden. Nose... can you say, "HOPS, HOPS,HOPS?!!!". Holy jumpin’ up and down hop cones!! Palate... we’ll start off with a repeat of the above mentioned nose notes then follow it up with pine resin, grapefruit extractives, grapefruit pith and zest, sugar sirop, Fresca and Squirt concentrate and aged pine tar from Mr. Brett’s baseball bat. This is singularly THE best IPA I’ve ever had!!! Well done, MSBC!!!! Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Draft glass at Cafe Amsterdam. Dark, rusty orange with a solid and sticky top. The aroma is massive -- earthy, thick and viscuously hoppy. For a beer listed at 200 IBUs, this is incredibly easy to drink ... albeit full of pleasant hop bite and a murkily-thick malt powerhouse. Outstanding. (#3303, 1/20/2008) SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to duchammer: Poured a burnt orange to caramel brown with finger off white head. Aroma is strong fresh citrus hops and tropical fruit. Taste is super strong citrus and evergreen pine needle hops, sweetness from malts blend in before the fruity hops alcohol burn finish. Glad they re-brewed this one. bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very, very hazy copper with a slight off-beige head. Aromas of barley wine with lots of resin/citrus - quite sweet. Full bodied or nearly. It begins with a burn on tongue tip. Think it’s hop, cause the heat is pretty much lost in one of the hoppiest things I’ve been aware of. Flavors go pretty citrus, seemingly including rind. How do we know this isn’t an overly hopped barley wine? Does it matter? Damn, but this is strong, bitter and hoppy. Finishing so hoppy it seems dry, though with all the malt it maybe shouldn’t be called dry. Wow.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle purchased at Gold Rush in Anchorage -- the last one in town I could find. Live rate. Pours a brilliant copper color with a thick off-white head that leaves gorgeous lacing -- this is one pretty beer. Brimming with white pepper, hops, and soapy mint. Tastes of further hops, salt, red apple skins, and caramel. Very nice. I would have never thought this would hold up so well. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to hopdog for sharing the bottle. Pours a golden maber body with thin head and some floaters. Aroma is of nnice citrus, grapefruit, sweaty. Taste is bitter, citrus hops, light sweet malt. This was an assault of hops on the tongue. Nicely done. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours clear copper with a slight chill haze. A dense, white head built to a full two inches and remained for several minutes. The high krauesen of foam slowly receded to a partial skim coat on the surface, revealing exaggerated strings of lacy froth.
Aromatics are floral and pungent. Tangerines and peaches make thier presense known, as well as spruce oil-laced grapefruit. A promise of alcohol comes forward under the tropical resins, and a light maltiness follows through.
The mouthfeel is crisp, drying, and resinous. Sticky and sappy.
The pallet is dominated by aggresive hopping. The bitterness is as subtle as a buzzsaw on the tongue, but does not cross into harsh territory. Loads of hopping in the flavor of the brew also. Heavy on the grapefruit, with the peach/ pear/ orange character in the background. Maltiness is at a minimum, but still adding a decent backbone to the weight of the hops.
Finishes with an extremely lingering crisp dryness, grapefruit pith, warming alcohols and a tongue-scraping bitterness.
A huge IIPA from Midnight Sun, and damn fresh.
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Very bright orange beer, hazy/cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma is so awesome... juicy and fruity and loaded with grapefruity, mango, papaya and even more tropical frutiness. Lean bodied and very drinkable. Loads of richly aromatic hops over the lean pale malt. Cooling minty/peppery booziness on the back. A very tasty IIPA. Would love to revisit a full bottle of this one myself. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
hazy brown, big frothy head. smells pretty good, honey and hoppy. reminds me of ipas i had in seattle except the hops are a bit old. real sweet, pretty bitter. hardly any alcohol. smooth.