jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2004
2004 - Slightly hazy orange-red body topped by a larger than average creamy manila head. Glass lacing is spotty but the spots are large clumps of frothy goodness. Mellow citrus hops and earthy malt aroma. A bit light in the nose for an IIPA. Very nice flavors, the hops are huge but well offset by the substantial malt presence. Pine and citurs are to be found throughout, but some fruity almost melony malt flavors crop in the mix. Medium bodied with a slight alcohol hasrshness in the finish. Overall one of the better Smuttynose brews I have had. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Thanks for the ABV Scraff(I knew it had to be 8-9%)Aroma of sweet pine,some caramel malt.Nice deep hazy amber,this thing really starts to reveal itself after 3-4 months,much better than when it was young.This is the 2004 batch. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 New batch that just hit the shelves in MD. ABV 9.5% for anyone wondering. Hazy dark amber ale, creamy white to off-white head. Nose is spicy pine and spruce with only a bit of grapefruit shining through as it warms. A touch of tropical fruit and even some melon gets thrown in for good measure. Well hopped for sure, but the malty caramel backbone plays a decent roll of balancing. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Good stuff from these guys. Reminds me a bit of Avery 11. I’d take another bomber any day of the week.... 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Very hoppy, yet blended most well with soem citrus in it which is pretty damn cool seeing as alot of big hop beers have overdominate hop aromas. Much the same in the taste, big hops with a nice grapfruit refresher. Pretty damn impressive if yzall ask me. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2004
sweet? i dont get that. also dont agree with the guy saying this isnt a double ipa.. this sonofabitch is bitter as hell. this is a wonderful double ipa, a bit underrated i would say. grapefruit pine smell, same with taste. went down really easy but i drank it slow so as to enjoy it. i only wish i could buy this all the time. this is just a step below rogue i2pa and fish 10 squared. great ipa. best beer i drank from this region yet.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Pours a lite amber with a creamy head that lasts. A very nice aroma of fresh cut grass and Cascade hops. Nicely bitter all the way through. Maybe a bit too much residual sweetness, but as good as any IPA on the East coast. Oh yeah, who the hell dubbed this a "Double IPA"? It's called an IPA on the bottle. It's 7%. Not abundantly hoppy! This is an IPA. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Rich chewy malts came off too sweet at the beginning. We all agreed upon first sip that this one was too sweet. It had some nice strong hops at the finish, but even then, the sweetness lingered in the aftertaste. It wasn’t until the last few sips until the hoppy finish seemd to dry my mouth from the sweet sugary taste. Great artwork on the bottle!! jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Had a smell like a Jolly Rancher dipped into sugar. Too candy sweet for my taste. Overall, the beer had a good bitter/hop taste and was enjoyable. It was dry. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Pours dark tan with a small head. Amazing floral scent with the flavor bursting in your mouth. Very hoppy, resulting in an impressive IPA. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
I was slightly disappointed with this one, considering what I traded to get it. The pour is a deep coppery color, with a huge rocky head, and some incredible lacing. The aroma is just syrupy and floral. The hop profile is great in the flavor, but that is all there is, absolutely no malt backbone in this one. The mouthfeel is sweet and slightly buttery, creamy but thin.