leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Didn’t find this one to be as heavy duty on the hops as I might have expected. However, it’s a fantastic beer none the less. It pours a great looking dark cloudy copper color with a small to medium sized ivory head. The nose is floral citrus hops. Creamy smooth malt flavors with an underlying sweetness. Soon to be followed by a moderate hop bite that lingers in the finish. Good stuff! happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Bottled in 5-04.Nice aroma of citrus hops and raisin malt(typical of the style but this was nailed if you ask me)much cleaner tasting than say the eleven and call me crazy but, I enjoyed this a tad more than the ruination.Good resin pine hop conten( slight tease of roastiness).I could use more bitterness but all in all I really enjoyed this.All around, fresh, smooth and the deep ruby orange colo,,,r phat head and lace.Very worth trying if you love IIPA’s. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Small fizzy white head with a nice lasting creamy ring. Attractively clear reddish-amber body. Dusty/fruity hops make up the aroma, along with some bubblegum and caramel. Flavor is a subdued, dry hoppiness and again with the fruity hops. Finish is distinctly grapefruit rind, but not overly "rindy" (probably some residual sweetness balancing there). Overally, very good... I like the fruity and non-overpowering hops. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Dark orange and cloudy. Small head. Floral hops and citrus aromas. Nice body, sweet with long hop finish.Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Alpha King Competition 2006: Poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. Grapefruit hop foward aroma with a decent malt back. Big piney hop flavor. Very nice beer. Strong but balanced.
This beer is a lightly murky dark orange color with a medium thin light beige head. Thin lacing throughout. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and grassy notes. Medium-bodied and crisp with tart hops, pine and fruit flavors. The hops slowly but surely overpowers the other flavors. The finish is dry and somewhat astringent. I like the dose of hops this beer provides but it could stand a little more substance to even it out.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
This was a dyn-o-mite IPA. Amber with weak beige head didn’t look very appealing but the aroma was potent hops, grapefruit, pine. Thick and rich mouthfeel. The flavor was BIG. Hops, citrus. Sweet to bitter. Grabs you. Strong alcohol finish. Potent stuff. Way to go! HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Bottle. Good hop nose. Kind of sweet a fruity too. Cloudy dark orange hue. Very intense earty and floral bitterness at first and it gives way to nice malt back bone. Pretty balanced. Must try more when I can. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
The hops were a real ass kicker in this one! Very tangy and bitter on the back of the tongue. Like swallowing a handful of hops. Hop heads will bow down to this one! willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 22oz bottle. 05.24.04 Gusher!! Dark, rusty orange. Even after 30 min, this beer is still out of control on the pour. Funky fruit aroma; bourbon, unripe pear, mango dominate the sweet nose. Unusual flavors of berries, tangerine. Not so hoppy but a crazy dry finish, some funk. Many floaties?!
Terminus (3738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2004
20090408 I assume this is a fresh bottle as it just showed up locally. Not stellar, but a solid DIPA. Malts are lacking a bit. it seems to be all about big, bracign, bitterness. I’m okay with that; it’s decent. some cardboardy off flavors.
22 oz bomber-pours a dark orange hue almost amber with decent lacing and small white head. Wide boquet of floral hops and a touch of vanilla. creamy citrus flavors, especially when cold and has better balance cold. when warm, the piney finish really tingles the tongue. Long citrus finish. Definately a solid IIPA, but not a top contender in the class. Just another one to add to my list of fav style.