Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle shared by Hogtown Harry with the regular fine folks on Canada Day ’06. Medium orange, small white head. Wow, so many hops in aroma - very pine/tree like - lots of herbs too - sweet and lovely. Taste is very bitter and very dry, with even more linger than initial taste. Medium body, alcohol well hidden, this is exactly as advertised. As Greg said earlier, we probably should be tired of these hop monsters by now, but it just isn’t happening! GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle shared with the usual suspects - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy golden-orange with a small head. Oh yeah, this is hoppy - aroma of orange, grapefruit, spruce & tea - and maybe I’m just imagining it because of the name, but I swear that I get some creamsicle notes off the nose as well. Flavour is just as hopped up as the aroma - but even so, it’s very drinkable, and hides that 9.2% amazingly well. I really should be sick of these hop-monsters by now, but I just can’t seem to get enough of them... HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with GregClow, tupalev, DougShoemaker, mds, Radek and others - my bottle via trade with SDBruBoy. Poured hazy orange with a smallish bubbly white head. There’s sweet malt backing up the aroma of this one, and maybe a hint of the 9.2%, but this is about the HOPS. My God this is hoppy - they’re all here, sharp, resiny, spruce/pine, citrus, some somewhat funky ones - Radek pointed out there’s so much alpha in there, it can’t help but seem a bit sour. Oh, and a hint of grain in the finish. Taste - well, even more about the hops - the malt fades into the background, this could be 2% alcohol for all I could taste - just wave after wave of grapefruit pith / lemon seed / resiny hop medley, and it takes a long, long time to finish. Decent body, astringent to the extreme, and even acidic, acceptably carbonated. A hop-head’s delight. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Excellent hop flavor and aroma. Overpowering w/ hops and that’s just how I like it. All hop flavors- citrus, pine, grass, resin, etc., are represneted here. A great, West Coast IIPA. robertjm (898) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Do you like hops? I sure hope you do if you buy this one! Billed as a Triple Hopped brew and I definiately believe it. Pleasant hop flavor to begin with, however, the bitter aftertaste is a bit overwhelming. Its not balanced like a Bigfoot, but one-sided. Micro bubble carbonation. Beautiful amber/golden color. Wonderful hop aroma. Frankly, that’s the best part of the beer IMHO. I bought it to try it, but seriously doubt I’d buy it again.
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Sharp grapefruit aroma with a background chorus or pine, orange and sugar. Thick frothy head on an orange amber beer. Delicious malt sweetness slowly gives way in each sip to the the towering hops ending in a long hop finish. A beautiful accomplishment. Can’t believe the light alcohol presence or the balance on the flavour teeter totter. As you drink through the bottle the hops tilt the balance well in their favour. ragesaq (72) - Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Pow! Now this is hoppy. Great sickly sweet hop aroma, big bitter hoppy character, and I mean big. Ive never had anything with this much hop in it. Almost too much hops nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Bottle. Clear copper color with a off-white head. Amazing floral aroma that is super grassy and piney, maybe the best aroma I’ve ever gotten from an IPA. Very bitter flavor that doesn’t live up to its aroma. Still very balanced with a nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. Rerate... hopmonster. Great great aroma, but the flavor is hugely bitter and unbalanced. SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Thanks to Droopy49 for sending this one.
Pours with a clear medium amber body under a huge, creamy off white ehad.
Flowery grapefruit aroma.
The flavor is moderately sweet with a heavy bitterness that overpowers the malt. Bitter from start to finish. This has the hops, but it’s a bit out of balance without more underlying malt flavors coming through. Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Ouch! This hurts! Not in a hot, alcohol burn kind of way but more in an acid reflux kind of way. I didn’t even know I had acid reflux. Guess I do now. Thanks Moylans! Seriously, this is one hoppy mutha.