Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Wow! A big hop aroma: pine, grapefruit, and a slight hemp note. The flavor was full of oranges and flowers, w/ a hint of sweetness on the back of the tongue. The beer poured a golden orange w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro 2XIPA Fest. Medium orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is big piney hops, grapefruity juicy hops and citrusy. A full-bodied “Tripel IPA”. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are everywhere is this beer, citrus, grapefruit, floral, earthy and pine all blend into a very pleasant hop onslaught. It bitter, without being too biter. LOTS of fruit flavors as well. No alcohol bite at 11%. This beer will assault you with flavors, yet it still nicely balanced and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet there is some residual sweetness as well. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2005
IT has a typical color with some autumn colors, like a leaf. Basically the flava and aroma are straight hops n pine forest. It is too much, i think i could dust my house with this stuff. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours a light amber. Aroma of citrus, piney hops, along with some fruit. Flavor is a piney citrus hops with smooth malt backing. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours with a copper body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is very hoppy and piney with a slight medicine note and a little malt. The flavor is sweet, fruity and flowery with malt notes and a little pine. Full bodied, smooth and warming.
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
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’brien’s: Hazy golden color with a small (bar pour) white head. Aroma is pineapple sweet and grapefruit tart. Flavor is hops, hops, hops grapefruit bitter, a little pine sap with an orange rind aftertaste. Creamy palate with a grapefruit after burp.
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Compared side-by-side with Pliny the Elder, and I think the young whippersnapper is schoolin’ the old man. This is a very flavorful brew, big, very bitter, grapefruit-like citrus, but also quite fruity with an apparent sweet, orange citrus flavor. Aromatic grapefruit/hoppy nose is bigger, sweeter, fruitier and more balanced than the Elder. Thick, sticky, very sweet palate like a barleywine, but with a strong bitter bite to balance it out. Dark golden in color and a bit hazy in appearance. The occasional large carbonation bubble speeds to the surface. The off-white head fades to an island of sheen. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer, though I’ve tempered my praise just a bit by comparing it with a YuleSmith, and that certainly put things in perspective. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours a golden hazy hue with a small frothy white head with nice lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, a little citrus/lemon notes. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice lingering sweetness. with not that much depth. Flavors of mint, pine, honey and finishing with soap. This is a decent beer but isn’t a hop lovers wet dream, not unlike the DFH 120 min IPA..... DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 People who call their beers "triple IPAs" should be shot for being corny losers. Sorry Vinny, but you just went too far. I have a degree in marketing and I’m keen to these things, and yes, calling this a triple IPA is retarded. Especially since the only thing its over the top in, is sweetness. Anyway, its got a lacey head atop an amber body..a piney, cakeish, and thick aroma...the body exceptionally full and satisfying but overbalanced and sweet with such a firm malt background that there really isn’t even enough bitterness..the hops have flavor yes, which is quite nice in fact, but the bitterness is missing and that’s just wierd round’ here. It’s like a double IPA for non hopheads.. Is that what a triple IPA is? Remind me to stay away from those. Sorry, Im being a bit harsh..it aint that bad...its just not something you would call a triple IPA. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
On tap @ Hollingshead Deli. Kenny only got a 5 gallon keg of this hop monster and I’m sure he’s already kicking himself for not getting more. Honey colored brew raising a huge white head. Nose is just in your face hops which is how it should be! Flavor is rolling between piney hops and tropical fruit notes. I got peach, grapefruit,mango,pineapple and some bitter orange.Fairly well balanced and hides the 11% expertly.