tiong (7452) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2011
500ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, HelsinkiZarin (202) - ITALY - JUN 28, 2011
Pours dark orange with a nice smooth foamy head. Taste is fruity and sweet with notes of malts and hops. Bitter, fruity and sticky finish. Alcohol warms nicely. Quite nice, almost barley wine like IIPA.
Aroma: strong hops and malts
Appearance: dark orange
Taste: heavy hops and malts
Palate: full body
Overall: 17/20 phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. I’ve never gotten this before because I never know how long it’s been on the shelf, but this was a new batch. Pours a cloudy brown-amber color with a big khaki head that settles unevenly. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet dough, candi sugar, toast, rainwater, and some grassy hops in the background. Flavor of caramel malts, bitter hops, toasted brown sugar, graham crackers, and earth. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation. Decent IIPA but doesn’t have enough hops to pair up with the abundant sweet malts. Koelschtrinker (20782) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
Malzig-hefiger Geruch. Hopfiger und zu gleichem Anteil süßer Antrunk, ab dem Mittelteil etwas holzig. Hier ist das Bier zudem hefig-süffig, wirkt aber deutlich zu süß. Im Abgang dagegen ist das Bier eher lasch, der Hopfen hat eine angenehme Intensität, zudem malzig und spürbar alkoholisch. Kein wirklich hopfiges IPA, dafür aber meist zu würzig. /9/9/9//9
SaintMatty (7444) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2011
500ml Bottle (O’Connor’s, Uppsala) - Amber with a foamy head. Fruity aroma with marzipan, berries and hops. Tangy, fruity and hoppy taste with notes of pine, dried fruit and caramel. Not bad, although it would’ve perhaps been better when it was more fresh.
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
500ml bottle fro dkachur. Thanks Dan. Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a big clumpy beige head that has great retention and amazing lacing. The aroma is strong with caramel, oxidized pine resins and toffee. The flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of oxidized hops, pine, caramel, toffee, leather and tobacco. The palate is full and silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and biter. Overall: This beer is well past its prime, but still holding up (just like me). Very tasty quaff.
madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
29th April 2009 cubs (10677) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Cloudy brown beer, thickish tan head. Soft to dry palate - frothy and creamy in the mouth. Some malt and a quite a bit of hop but they are reasonably well behaved. A spicy finish with some aniseed. Serviceable IPA.
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark brown/orange appearance with a big creamy-orange colored head. Sweet pale maltiness in the nose along with a significant hoppy aroma. Flavor is of a darker pale and amber malt content than most Imperial IPAs. Some hoppiness but it’s not as significant in flavor as 100 IBU may seem to sugest. Piney hoppy finish with a thick mouthfeel. Unique Imperial IPA but not one of the better ones. socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours much darker than I anticipated, however when I look through the beer it appears a translucent reddish brown color. Aroma is rather heavy on the malt for my taste, however; I can smell a good hint of hops behind the malt. The taste begins with a a light malty taste but quickly moves on to the hops, and finishes very cleanly. Overall I am enjoying this beer, however for the category it represents it isn’t a top contender. hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Translucent caramel pour with an off white head, very good lacing. Nose of floral hops, citrus hops, and caramel malt. Taste is sweet at first, finishes with lasting bitterness. A very good ipa, but if you want the best, look elsewhere. The bitterness isn’t balanced well enough and is a little overpowering, and you can check my other ratings, I love a bitter ipa.