User37895 (3085) - - NOV 22, 2006
Can you say train wreck? Well, it doesn’t matter if you can’t, this was that anyway. The pour was whimpy looking, amber, somewhat flat, weak head/lacing for a style that certainly has more to offer. The aroma was fruity bad with some citrus and caramel malts. The flavor was weak and watery, fruity (peaches / pears / apples), completely missing a hop statement for a dIPA, IPA, even for a pale ale. Too watery to be caramel sweet and the mouthfeel was just way too thin. One of the worst dIPA’s I’ve ever had. anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy pine needle aroma. Sweet malty hoppy flavor with some hints of pine needles. Malty hoppy finish with a bitter aftertaste. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2006
22oz bottle: Pours to a clear light golden body, but this is a clear golden with some quality yellow to it - does not look like a bud light - with a medium white head that is well retained, fading to a medium-sized, bubbly ring around the glass. The aroma is sweet cereal, as advertised, along with some hints of dough and maybe biscuit. I really took some time with the nose and came to detect a minor cat urine scent (not so nice, but probably just one scent from the hops), but the "cat urine" scent actually seems to be better described and broken down into a combination of intensely bitter concetrated grass, bits of apple seed, and hints of a concentrated berry or maybe a raspberry/peach syrup. It’s not really bad, but there’s just not much there for the aroma - it doesn’t have to be uber hoppy for me to give it a high score, but it does have to have something more than a mild cereal aroma for this style. Taste is initally....nothing....."wow this one just doesn’t have a damned thing going for it"....and then about 2 seconds into the sip the hops hit. It’s interesting to taste for sure, the Mt. Hood hops initially seem to give off a light cut grass flavor, then explode with some bitterness, but this bitterness attack is quite different from the typical cascade/centennial/columbus...etc you might be familiar with for north american IPA’s. This flavor is somewhat similar to a hallertau or saaz that you might know from good european lagers - it’s bitter, but spicy and floral, along with some hidden fruit notes of strawberries and hay if you let it sit in your mouth for a bit. Mt. Hood is actually bred from Hallertau, so that makes sense in what I’m tasting and smelling. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation that really does not fatigue the palate, almost feels like it’s a cask ale when it’s clearly much more carbonated, finishes with some grassy and catty hops that don’t have the best aftertaste. This beer seems to be very well brewed but the flavors from the hops are not really that pleasant (though in a milder form they would be excellent in a light lager) so is one of those cases where this beer deserves a high "crafted well" score but is not going to get a very high ratebeer score because the flavors just don’t really work well for me. In this case I would prefer a ratebeer "I don’t like it" score over a simple "well brewed" one because it adds the judgement of the flavors. Well worth trying and I compliment Steamworks for brewing a high quality beer with Mt. Hood, as it’s educational for beer geeks to try and learn more about a particular hop variety. Plus they can brew whatever they damn well please beer geeks aside and this one is pretty neat. Also, as it warms to room temperature the aroma becomes just a bit more fruity and the more I drink, the more it reminds me of orange juice from concetrate. In fact I’m sipping them next to each other and it actually matches up pretty well.....albeit much more bitter and grassy. Can’t say much else to make this rating any longer so alright I’ll end it. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Didn’t have a standout ctirus, floral or pine aroma usually associated with the style. Pale malt aroma. Gold body with decent white head and some lacing. Glavor starts with a bitter bite and a dry grapefruit flavor. Bitter mellows and and body thickens for a good grapefruit peal flavor from middle to finsh. Smooth on the palate alcohol not a factor, slight dry aftertaste but nothing couple swigs of water can’t cure. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2006
The biggest session brew around!
Pours golden w/ a medium semi creamy froth. Aroma of fresh flowery hop dust. Medium to full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors are suprisingly mellow. Not a malt bomb and not a hop bomb. Subtle yet defined hops, malt, effers, aroma, everything. Not real complex but there is a bright, crispy hop essence w/ a touch of spice. The finish has perfect bittering. Well ballanced and the alcohol is undetectable. Overall: Everyting is subtle, aroma, flavor, finish. This is the biggest session brew ever. This is the only IIPA I could drink two or more 22oz bottles of. You just don’t get sick of it. Now, because of it’s mellow smoothnes I have to say it doesn’t really fit the bill for an IIPA soul seeker. I almost want to call it an Imperial Kolsch. What ever you call it, this brew rocks. The American version of the great Belgian Duvel. Goes good with clam chowder soup and chipotle salmon. This would actually be a good introductory IIPA for a novice.
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
Very transparent golden color with a thin ring of white head. Dry earthy aroma is not very hoppy and has a pale malty character. Starts with a nice malty sweetness and has some mild grapefruity flavor hops. Smooth mildly bitter finish has a touch of warming alcohol. Not much of an imperial IPA at all, but still a decent brew. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a minimal off-white head. Big earhty aroma with a very odd fruit or something that I just can’t put my finger on. Not good. Some caramel underneath. Flavor has light floral hop with caramel base. Hop finish is missing. Just not there. This needs a lot more hops in it. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2006
we got the call at about half past seven, some of the boys were finishing dinner, i’d been working out and was pretty tapped out. it figures. but when you get the call, you go. this one sounded gruesome, a major train wreck. a high-speed double IPA had gone off the track. the dispatcher was wilma, a tough cookie. i figured she’d just about seen it all-- but when i heard her voice crack, i knew it was going to be a mess. to be honest, some of us kinda saw this coming: the operator was the old steamworks brewing company, and some said they’d been slack and let a lot of standards slip: over half their fleet of 36 brews still hadn’t broken a 3 according to ratebeer inspectors. sure. we’ve seen it before: big glitzy restaurant in a ski town, the owners are packin’ ’em in. but where the rubber meets the road, in the glass, it was too seldom there. jesus. now this was the result. when we got to the scene, we thought we’d misunderstood the call, i mean the beer looked like a wit beer: a milky yellow blob. the head flew off the poor bastard right before our eyes. one rookie broke down there and then, sobbing and puking. we heard a pitiful shriek-- like a donkey being mauled by a cougar. it was the wailing of the aroma! everywhere we sniffed, there was alcohol and toe nail polish. we stood aghast for a moment, almost paralyzed. but finally we did what we were trained to do: we sprang into action. me and the squad leader dug down into the wreckage of the aroma and were able to pull out a note of short bread and pear brandy. it was alive! meanwhile the flavor was slipping away: a hop monster flavor misfired igniting a vat of sweet alcohol. wildly unbalanced, it careened all across the palette and a wealth of strong young mt. hood hops went up in the inferno. my god. there wasn’t much we could do, it was like vodka and bitter quinine. we got through the night, but it’s a thing i never want to see again. back at the station, i phoned the hospital to ask about those little short bread notes. they’re doing fine. yeah. but those mt hoods are gone. steamworks will get a slap on the wrist. sigh. and tomorrow is another day. Ratman197 (15360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Bomber poured a hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of cereal,earthy pine and a hint of something similiar to dirty socks. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of cereal, pine and a hint of citrus with a bitter finish. This is one of the worst DIPA’s I’ve ever had! jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2005
This is a weak DIPA. Has the basic flavor of a DIPA (rich malt and piney hops) but the flavor just does not come through. The palate is also quite watery. I would rate this an above average IPA, but one of most disappointing example of DIPA I have had.