hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Nice hoppy aroma. Tastes of oranges, malts, and sweet fruits. Nice balance (lightly sweet and bitter at the same time). Clean and dry finish. Alcohol well hidden. Another great West Coast IIPA. Big thanks to DarkElf for trading me this one. hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2002
This beer rocks.
Very complex in aroma and flavor. Try to keep up. The nose is lightly malty, but ruled by THE HOP. Very heavy hop aroma; specifically flowers, grapefruit and soap... well hopped soap?? The high alcohol content also comes through in the nose.
The beer has a clear and flat amber appearance. The creamy, white head is mostly lasting with excellent lacing. The initial flavor is very well balanced. Moderately sweet and moderately bitter. The back end is owned by the moderately bitter finish. It’s also lightly acidic and salty back there and it lasts and lasts. The mouthfeel is between medium and full. It’s also dry with lively carbonation. Also, moderately alcoholic in the finish. Very, very good strong ale. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/17/2005MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
hazy orange, whispy head, aroma of sweet grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, perfect creamy body, nice sweet malt with a citrus nugget, just enough hops to balance with a light bitter finish, estasy in a glass
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Heavy Cs send waves of citrusy fruit rolling to the resinous sands...A few berries can’t escape from the Hop Wallop-like grapefruity assault and even unearth some herbal leaves dancing in its undertow...Green bitterness foams ashore and some wide-eyed surf dudes appear to be licking it with drunken fervor... 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 First taste GABF in 2004. Second taste from an aged bottle. Mostly clear orange copper colored body with a small white/tan head. Nose has a big, stinky, dank, wet orange hop note, no doubt tempered by age, and moving more towards a nutty, old orange and cardboard/bran character, dampened hops on top of some chewy malt. Flavor is resinous, old oranges, little to no apparent oxidation noticed, not the typical wet cardboard at least, but some sort of wet, nutty, orange fruit and honey flavor. Texture is resinous, oily and properly thick, and there’s little to no bitterness left after all this time. Sweet, sugared oranges and pine needles in the finish, it’s still quite delicious. I have to compare back to 2003 when I had Frank on draft at the GABF (too far gone for a proper rating), and I remember it being unbelievably dank, vibrant and thick, with a smooth-but-rough bitterness throughout. Quite different now, but still really good.
Ernest (7714) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Dr. Bill tasting at 2005 Toronado Barleywine Fest. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), heavily hoppy (grapefruit, orange, apricot, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Good for the style...ample malt to support the large hop character, big flavors but balanced, rich texture. blankboy (7702) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry -- courtesy of DarkElf. Pours a murky, bubbly, orange-yellow with a spare diminishing white head and some floaties of various sizes -- looks almost like grapefruit juice. Very nice, interesting aroma: it’s quite hoppy but also very sweet, like grapefruit and candy. Flavour’s even better. It’s similar to the aroma: citrus hops and a candy sweetness but the hops dominate more (which is to my preference) and there’s a nice big bitter finish -- very well balanced. Alcohol’s very well hidden. Has a good body and goes down pretty smooth. I must admit I was expecting better but it’s still damn fine IIPA. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
12 oz bottle thanks to DarkElf! Poured a wonderful shade of orangish/amber with a tall, rocky off-white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, sweet earth, caramel, and fresh pine needles. That nose was just brilliant... with air freshener-like power. Orange, grapefruit, and pine slide across the palate first, followed by some perfecly-balanced caramel malts. The Cascade hoppage fights its way back, and the brew escalates to a huge finish of citrus, Pinesol, alcohol, and dry bitterness. Long finish that I hope (and think that it possibly might) sticks around ’til Thursday. Brilliant! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours a clear copper bronze with a thick off-white and well-lacing head. Fresh and bold green hoppy aroma with some earthy, sweet caramel malt supporting it. Starts rich and florally hoppy sweet with a nice bitter and sweet resiny balance. Finishes mildly dry and crisp. Very fresh, smooth, balanced, and enjoyable. Thanks to jcalabre for this brew! HogTownHarry (7010) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle via trade with DarkElf. Been looking forward to this for a long time. Poured very murky yellowy-orange, small bubbly head, plenty of hop sludge and chunksin the bottom. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, tons of malt, hints of lactose - nice. Taste starts very sweet, candy and fruit, then waves of resiny hops come over the top - balanced mostly bitter finish, very grapefruit pithy. Decent body, mouthfeel lightly carbonated and acidic/astringent - long finish. Very nice - I’ve had better, and I suspect this one shines brighter on tap or when it’s fresher - very nice