beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is juicy hops, floral, grapefruit and piney. A full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are cookie and biscuit. Lots of piney and grapefruity hops at the start, with some floral hops in the middle. A big juicy IPA. Lots of hop bitterness mostly balanced by the sweet fruity malts. Lively carbonation. Hides the 11% alcohol very well. Kind of chewy and thick. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2006
22oz - Aroma of sweet fruit, citrus hops, and carmel. Pours dark orange with a medium off-white lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is more subtle than aroma with the carmel malt and fruit taking the lead with a mild hop follow through. Palate is sticky and sweet. Very tasty, but I think this bottle isn’t as fresh as I’d like it to be. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Bottle provided by Styles. Thanks Chris. Clear amber body with a medium sized, off-white head. The aroma is juicey with apricot/peach and grapefruit, some caramel as well. The flavor is very sweet, lots of caramel, the juicy hops get lost in all this malt. Medium/full body with a sticky texture and an astringent finish. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Nice appearance... coppery orange color, frothy off-white head. Aroma has fruity hops with a bit of caramel. Hops are very fruity... citrusy with some sweet tropical stuff too. Flavor gets into those details a bit more. On the surface this seems like a well-done, but typical IIPA. However, some of the details are a bit fun, like the fruity nature of the hops. Instead of citrus, pine, and caramel for sweetness, this is more citrus... leads into tropical fruity sweetness... leads into moderately sweet caramel malt. Good stuff. hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, orange ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Good retention. Tons of stuff going on in the aroma; tropical and citrus fruit... Hawiian Punch. Toffee, caramel and black tea. 153 IBUs, but enough malt to balance it out. Tea grapefruit and caramel in the flavor as well. Full-bodied and fatty with medium carbonation. Finishes malty, then dry with a pinch of salt. World class! Thanks go out to growler for sharing this bottle!
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2006
22oz bottle: pours to a clear amber body with a medium eggshell head. The aroma is fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus, apricot, citrus, light malt. Taste is grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit rind, bitter apricot, pine, pineapple, mild grains, and some light pale malts. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, hides the 11% very well. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2006
(22oz bottle) Clear amber body topped by a small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, floral/orange, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, candi sugar, some caramel, light orange. Alcohol dry finish. Medium-full body, chewy. Not bad, but lacks distinguishing features. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is sweet citrus with light apricot and grapefruit hoppiness. Pours a bright transparent orangish-amber with a small off-white head. Lots of sweet citrus up front with light apricot and hints of pineapple. Big grapefruit hoppy finish that really lingers in the aftertaste. 11% is hidden extremely well. A well done and well balanced IIPA. aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Pours a clear, pale mahogany. This thing has a great hoppy aroma with pineapple and pine trees. It’s got a slight bit of caramel malt to back up the hoppiness. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. 22 oz. Pours an orange/gold color with a small head. Big time hops on the nose. Hops dominate on the palate, but not enough malt to provide the balance that I look for in a 2IPA. I thought this was a hopped up IPA, fruity, hop tingle, and bitter.