Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Supposedly, this is actually 11%. Light golden color. Mild hop aroma, which is pleasant, although a bit light considering the style. Mild fruits (peach, tangerine), along with alcohol and a very mild hint of chemicals in the aroma as well. I didn’t really find the aroma unpleasant, like it seems a lot of others did, but I didn’t find it particularly pleasant either. Upon tasting, this is far from anywhere near what I consider a good beer, but I’ve gotta disagree with the other Front Rangers saying that this is terrible, dirty stuff. I at least find this to be drinkable. I don’t find the alcohol flavor to be that offputting, but it seems that my palate is less perceptible to alcohol flavor than most, which I definately consider a good thing! The hop flavor is at least interesting, with a piney, floor cleaner blend. There is a somehwhat strange, unpleasant chemical and baby puke flavor and it is grainy as hell, but it’s so subtle that i’m able to ignore it. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Fizzy white head with big bubbles. Body is clear dark yellow, well carbonated. Aroma is light hops with an oxidized chemical undertone. Taste is harshly bitter, very biting and very very oxidized. Finish is dry, dirty. Lots of rubbing alcohol. Bad stuff. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 Rerate: Much better than the sample I had years ago (higher alcohols weren’t as noticeable, for one). Medium gold; thinnish head. Soft texture; lightish body. Notes of nuts, caramel, toast, wood, bread crust, and grains. Hop flavs/aromas were decent -- earthy, spicy and flowery. Many tripel-like characteristics. Pleasant beer. Ernest (7824) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, flowers), with a strong note of isopropyl alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean, husky.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Whew, this is some icky tasting stuff! Worst mouthfeel for a double IPA ever? I’d have to say yes...so incredibly watery and thin and burning as to not be believed. Truly embarrassing. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Pours a lite gold with a fairly large head. Grassy aromas with some hints of oxidation. Very sweet and rather bland. Body is somewhat lite. No real aftertaste and no bitterness. Alcohol is very apparent. Anything but subtle. I think the brewer shot a little high for his systems, or his own, capabilities.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Clear golden body and a filmy white head. Aroma is corny and sweet with strong honey tones, light citrus, and sulfur. Strongly oxidized cardboard flavor, finish is tangy and moderately bitter, tending toward astringent. Like consuming a hoppy box of sweet corn cereal, box and all.