VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Clear brown color with an offwhite head. Aroma is sweet and nicely hoppy(pine). Flavor is spicy hops blended with ample malt. Finishes nicely dry and smooth with a pleasant bitterness. Excellent. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2004
acquired from cquiroga. one of the more weird colors i've seen for a beer, copperish, but with a greenish tint. head is thick and creamy and almond colored. hops are very subdued in the aroma. mostly caramel malts and some pepper and a little citrus with the caramel being quite dominant. Flavor is bitter chocolate, caramel with a an orangey quality. Thanks to cquiroga for this! BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Nice hop aroma, with some cloves and allspice in there too. The hops were balanced by a sweet clove and citrus flavor. Really smooth finish. I was impressed. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2004
What a crazy label, oh, so, colorful, with that mixed-up, Santa-hatted fish (salmon? trout?) But,let's open it it up and see what's inside...deep orange color, full head, big, blooming froth, leaving loads of lace. Aroma: ah, perfect hoppiness! Pine, and pineapple, apricot, peach, citrus aplenty, too, this is exactly what I like in an IPA aroma, oh, yeah! So, let us taste...Rrrrrr! Great, big bitterness, at first, blazing over the palate, huge hop attendance, but a large maltiness is also immediately noticed, and matches incredibly well with the massive hop content. Sharp. bitter, then just tasty fruit, very delicious, ...man, I'm sold on this one, and it's just now jumped to the top of my fave IPA list. Damn, this is dazzling, thank goodness it's a bomber, anything less, I would have felt cheated and teased. Yum, yum, and I'll say it again, yu-u-um! steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
smells hoppy, peanutbutter cookies, yum! small white head, murky brown body, orange highlight. a bundle of your typical iipa flavors yet again done well. i'm just a fan of iipa ;o) (however, i didn't care much for the 120min) this is sweet yet hoppy. for the most part pine, caramel, peanutbutter... reminds me of a barley wine and a brown ale as well as an ipa. it's lip-lickable and leaves a little wet. it feels great. it's not watery and thin and it's just a little thick - it's cloy without the cloy. i'm a fan! this kicks my ass, too.
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Considerably browner than most IIPAs, marginally gold. Head is light brown, has a nice, firm creaminess to it. Nose is fruity, hops are noticeable, but the fruit predominates and it's not the usual citric mix but something more akin to peachiness, maybe watermelon? Unusual at any rate. Flavor is overly sweet, hops are definitely there but rather obnoxiously sweetened and sugary. Has a bit of a powdery tartness to it, but there's not much here to suggest this is actually an IIPA. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 19, 2004
1/18/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 12/12/04. Pours an extremely dark amber, looking almost a dark toffee tan until you hold it up to a light and see the reddish-amber glow. Very thick looking with almost no active carbonation running through the beer. Surprisingly slight, off-white head that dissipates to a thin whisp with mediocre lacing. Quite a nice aroma almost like a barley wine with its caramelly malts complementing the fruity (yes! strawberry! Thanks DaSilky), bright hops; a little bit buttery and piney. Very nice-- I just wish it were more apparent, but, alas, there's very little head to give off the aroma. Flavor is mellow and again slightly caramelly-sweet to go along with the immediate hum, sting, and heat of alcohol and sharpness of the hops. A little bit piney, a little twiggy, a little medicinal herbal quality to it, and an edge of sweetness to make it all go down smoothly. More darkly bitter hop and malt (I guess you could call it nutty-- it's definitely different) bite shows up immediately on the finish. Very long lasting, a little bit drying, layered with the caraml backbone and a bright and punishing front of hops. A little bit harsh for me, and I'm a big fan of IIPAs. Very full mouthfeel with big, oily body and a lot going on in your mouth-- it's just not all great. A pretty good one, but not a great one. I wanted to like this quite a bit more than I did. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Deep amber brown color, OK head. Aroma is a shot of hops, pineapple and grapefruit, along with a definite hit of roastiness. Interesting flavor is initially that of bitter grapefruit, blending into a definite roasted, nutty malt background. Quite dry. Interesting, particularly the dry nutty malt interplay with the strong hops. Worth checking out, as it was unique from many others out there. Cobra (1100) - - JAN 12, 2004
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. $6.99 each from Rick's Gourmet, in Alexandria Va. Bottled in the first week of December 2003. Fresh batch, to be sure. Poured out a dark amber - clear brown color, with a fast fading off-white head. Aromas are of a strong malty backbone, with a smattering of hops. Slight biscuit aromas as well. The aromas change as the beer warms up. Some nuttiness in the smell as well as the taste. Malty tasting, with a tangy hops background. This is the way an Imperial IPA should be, IMHO.
Finishes dry, but nice. A well made IIPA overall. hopscotch (11238) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Sparkling clear, amber ale with a small, creamy, white head.
Very malty and extremely well-hopped. Great balance. Caramel, sherry, leather, flowers, cashews and apple notes. Full-bodied and astringent as Hell. Oily mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Lengthy, tart, dry finish. Really good stuff!