jgb9348 (6474) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Copper colour, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head which didn't last long. Aroma of strong hops, caramel, slightly spicey with a good malt background. Medium-bodied; Hoppy taste with some tea characteristics. Aftertaste shows the malt and hop bitterness throughout and ends with a bit of coffee. Overall, a decent beer for the style-but as we all know-I don't care for this style! I split this 65 cL bottle with JonR888710, which he purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington and sampled it on 29-November-2003. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Bottle: Big foam problem, otherwise... Piney, nutty, spicy,. Hazy orange copper color. Massive foam(does that always happen?). Roasty,burnt carmel,high alcohol flavors. Creamy and big bitterness. Enjoyable despite foam problem. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 30, 2003
Ruby(darker than copper) color. White, short-lived head. Smells assertively of pine and citrus hops. Taste starts sweet: sugary/honey malt, then bittersweet grapefruit hops, bitter coffee, peach and spice. Aftertaste is a good dry bitter. Really good IPA. Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors in Washington, DC. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2003
apple cider, grapefruit, hop aromas too numerous to count, very hoppy so far. Gigantic Head, almost a little annoying actually, very large. Pretty much no blanace. Its like eating hop pelets with some sweet back up. Very piney, sticky, resinous, I like being hit over the head with hops but this may be a bit much, feels thin on the middle of my tounge as PsychProf said, but the tip and back are pounded by hops and malt. I would have liked this a lot more if it wasn't set next to a 90 minute Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Very frothy head. Super hoppy (pine resin) and very sweet - finishes somewhat cleanly. Nice looking and well-made but not remarkable. Thinnish (but only for the style!).
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Rerate: Again this produced a wonderful creamy head and outstanding lace. The flacores seemed more balanced this time, I quite enjoyed it enough to bump up the score .2 cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Ratebeer tulip at cellar temp: Hazy deep orange hue with a massive creamy off-white head and very good lace. (be slow on the pour with this beer) The aroma is mighty hoppy with pine, grapefruit, herbs attacking the node with a followup of buttery toast, sugar cookie dough, vanilla, and some alcohol. The strong bitter and piney taste is a big rush. There is some tones of malt but mostly it just a supporting role. The finish is dry and has a ling lingering bitterness and resin taste. This full to medium-bodied brew isn’t as balanced as the best of the genre, but it’s still one mighty fine brew, a hop head delight.
Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 10/21/03. Pours to hazy brown-orange color with a tight, frothy head that lingers-- resilient but spotty lacing. Nose of honey, hops and a hint of citrus. Thin body with very strong, very bitter hop flavor that threatens to take over not only your mouth, but also your entire body. Slight tinge of sweet malt, then extremely bitter, shocking hop finish. Long and mean, drying and almost numbing, and a little bit sticky; like drinking a pine cone, but without the intensity of pine flavor. As it mellows, honey, malt, and slight pistachio nuttiness emerge. Good for awhile, but there are better Double IPAs. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2003
a cloudy tobacco-leaf golden carmine color. luxurious lingering head, it's a dazzling display of dough colored lace: from thick curtain to tattered bits-- it's like a time-lapse photograph showing the effacing hand of time on delicate linen. aroma is pure hearts of hop-- with a sinus clearing puissance; firm malts dwell just beneath a mist of alcohol, and have nurtured rich cookie-dough tanned and buttery sweet grains. the flavor bites early and often, leading with convincing bitterness and smooth carbonation, and then dovetailing with cracker jack toasted sweetness, followed by still another reverberation of piney bitterness that drones sweetly in slowly diminishing volumn like a fading lullaby. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Hazy orange, reddish color. OK head and lacing. Smell is very malty and slightly piney. Average head. Taste is sweet and very malty with hop bitterness after the swallow. Big bodied and thick. Very good double IPA. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Slightly hazy orange color. With a small white head and nice lacing. Resinous sweet aroma. Caramel and pine. Sweet and thick up front then some hop flavors come into play. Malt is very big, especially for an IIPA. Bitterness lingers for a bit but not overly long. Body is quite syrupy. Very nice beer.