ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 1, 2006
The aroma is a complex mixture of orange, grapefruit, and floral hints. Pours a golden amber with a decent white head. At first the bitterness is surprisingly subdued but quickly begans to assert itself. The finish on the palate and the aftermath see the hop bitterness grow and linger. MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Pours a nice copper orange with a little quick white head. No lacing whatsoever. So beforeI begin I must say I just had a GD Herc dbl IPA s othis is tasting allot weaker in comparison. Aromas were citrusy and hoppy with a little pine. Flavor was balanced with a buttery malt flavor that transformed to ahop citrus flavor. not bad a lot better than most I have had. twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
Strong pine aroma, nice hop nose. Not much malt balance. 2nd best local IPA. Alesmith’s IPA is a better choice by far. TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a copper color with thick head that dissipates quickly. Nose is piney and citrusy, very big hop nose. Flavor is a little thin and mostly nothing but hops. Pretty bitter, but no where near as hoppy as expected. Pretty one dimensional, but being a hop head makes that one dimension pretty good. If you just want to get your bitter on then go for it! awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 From 22oz Bottle. Lovely transparant orangish-amber color with a quickly diminishing soapy white head. Wonderful aromas of freshly cut cedar and spruce boughs, grapefruit, and some slightly sweet dried apricot. Very full, rich, buttery texture. The hop balance is quite nice - the bitterness that sometimes dominates has been tamed to be proportional to the soft texture. Clean, well drawn out hoppy finish that lasts for minutes. Some spiciness noted toward the conclusion. Alcohol is pleasantly disguised. Clean, smooth, must try example of an imperial IPA.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer. Golden blonde with a small white head with great lacing and retention. This beer is meeker and milder than I remember. 3 years ago, this beer really pushed the envelope, but now it’s an average dbl IPA. Newer versions of the style would overpower this beer. Good, drinkable, but doesn’t ruin me like it used to. ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Poured a beautiful amber color with a frothy white head that stayed (looked great for a pour from the bottle). The aroma was a hoptasm in my nostrils and upon the first sip, in my mouth as well. Good lacing on the glass. It isn’t hoppy to the point of overdoing, its truly right on the money. I’d drink this again and again. I think its nearly perfect. thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours a nice gold -- with a little haze. Deep citrus and hop aroma. Bitter -- first taste is hops, second taste is hops with a long hop finish. Soft and creamy. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
22 oz bottle, via Sprinkle. Pours a bright copper with a craggy white head. Crisp citric and pine hop nose with plenty of depth atop a caramel malt base. Aggressively hopped yet well balanced flavor. Very fresh and raw hop character with a clean and crisp finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation yields a soft and well rounded mouthfeel. Overall a very nice beer, packed with flavor. I must say though, when I drank this I didn’t feel that it really crossed the line into Double IPA territory. I suppose that is a testament to how well made this is because the usually alcohilic bite was just not there. Very drinkable. Ratman197 (14680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bomber poured a clear copper with a small, lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine and a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavors of carmel, pine and some earthiness with a bitter finish. To much bitterness and not enough hop aroma and flavor for my taste.