BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Heavy duty grapefruit and pine scent. Huge bite of hops right from the first sip. This one doesn’t mellow either, it’s hardcore all the way! I’m buying more to save for Christmas day. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Pours deep ruby color with thick tan head. Aroma is rich with west coast hops and som malt. Take a sip and the bitterness really kicks in. Strong alcohol, strong bitterness, and enough malt to smooth them out. Nice. Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Deep reddish-copper liquid with a moderate tan head. Slightly hazy. Surprisingly malty aroma. Strong resinous and grassy hop aroma as well, but I was quite surprised by the strong malt smell. Large hop bitterness with a strong malt counter-balance. Lingering bitterness. jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Hm, tastes more like a strong CA red. It’s bitter, but roasty and caramelly. Aroma is... well it’s definately Amarillo if that’s your thing, and more roasted malts, bit of alcohol, and some berry like notes. Pretty decent, considering I haven’t liked Reaper’s other beers. Looks quite nice, it’s very red. bb (9525) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Bottle. Reddish-brown-amber color with a big beige head. Hop, spice, and an almost creamy aroma. A little roasted malt in the background, but this is big hops - spice, pine, citrus. Medium body - body almost feels like it has a bit of rye in it. Hides alcohol well - can’t feel it until you’ve had a few and want to stand up. Very good.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours a cloudy orange hue with a halo of a head. Malty aromas of honey and spice. Flavors of pine and citrus and well balanced hops to malts ratio. Flavor lingers. Great, but not the best. Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Barley wine/double IPA hybrid like Hog Heaven and Hop 15. Very dark for the style; deep copper bronze. I purded it heavey and it produced a nice off white head. Head dimishes quickly a leaves a small ring of froth around the glass. Aroma is malty with caramel, raisin, and a little bit of cherry. Palate is really soft and laid back with soft carbonation. Taste is malty sweet with the caramel raisin and cherry that was found in the nose but also includes a touch of roasted malt, figs, dates, and a slight smoke and wood touch. The finish is bitter, but not as much as you would expect from a double IPA. Alcahol is not noticeable. A really unexpected find, and is a great, unique alternative to the normal massively hopped double IPAs. Hightly recommended. Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
On Cask @ Green Flash
WOW! The casked version of this beer is amazing. 2 lbs of Amarillo leaf hops stuffed in the cask make this IIPA an olfactory delight! Incredible grapefruit/orange assault on the nose and palate. Pours orange-amber. So hoppy you have to make sure your teeth aren’t green! Rich malt profile with just enough sweetness balances the hop attack, and the alcohol is well masked. The best Reaper Ale yet! Hat’s off to brewer John Stuart! SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Thick stubborn head that sits a top a deep dense auburn colored ale. Leaves good amount of lacing while the nose isn’t as strong as you’d expect from a double IPA, but the hops and a wild floral aroma can be easily found. Nice blend of citrus grapefruit, orange, along with sour green grapes. A very hearty serving of hops as well and will also have a earth tone to it. Another damn good beer available locally in southern Cali! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
This IIpa pours with a deep red body topped by a thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter with notes of tropical fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty yet bitter and hoppy with piney notes and a little fruit. Full bodied, warming and tingly on the tongue.