JoeMcPhee (9451) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 I tasted this alongside their regular IPA and to be fair I really can’t see a great deal of difference between the brews. Similar orange coloured beer with a white head. Aroma shows pine, grapefruit, other citrus, caramel and cookie dough malts. A bit more bitterness than the IPA but not as much as I expected. Some alcohol starts to sneak in at the end of this one. Less balanced than the IPA. bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Bottle. Golden-amber beer with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit with some caramel backing. There’s some balance here (if you can call something that’s still dominated by hops balanced). It’s smooth for a beer of this type. Bitterness prevails in some grapefruit/tar flavors, but it’s relatively easy to drink. Less malt and assertiveness than an arogant bastard. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very bitter and I love it, lots of hops in this bad boy, I recommend this if you love bitter beer. It has a great aroma, of hops and malts, very hoppy. If you haven’t had it, get it! cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This is the top of the IPA food chain in my opinion. Hopp madness in a bottle, but yet somehow controlled and balanced within it’s environment. Simply an amazing work of art! 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle. Poured a nice bright orange color. Thick, big bubbled headthat lasts for quite a while and fades down to a modest layer over the beer. Great lacing. Aroma of piney and citric hop, bits of melon?? and malt. Very nice. Juicy hop flavor. A touch overdone, but restrained still. This one seems to be about to kick your head in with IBU’s and pulls back at the last moment. . Malt and hop compete for a bit and then a long citrus hop finish. Very pleasant.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
More orange and grapefruit. Honestly, it’s a little sweeter than Dreadnaught, but other than that, I can barely tell the difference. I don’t know if I’ll ever learn to sort out hop complexities. This was.....interesting....not bad, certainly not....but way too much in the hop juice category. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Awesome pale/ orange color with a nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Lots and lots of citrus hops in the aroma, and maybe some piney aromas too. Flavor is backed slightly by hops but again- is dominated by those strong american hops. Probably not too much chinook in here like in AB, which gives it more of a smooth citrusy and floral aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is great and it leaves an excellent sticky resin on the back of your throat. One of the best Imperial IPA’s however, I think that victory’s Hop wallop uses a little more hops and is indeed more bitter, which is not to say one is better than the other. I like them both about the same. However- I have brewed Imperial IPA’s that blow this out of the water as far as hoppiness goes. I really liked this beer and I will pick up plenty more next time i go out to my distributer. SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Completely over the top. So incredibly overpowering that even I have trouble with the aftertaste. A lot of alcohol, and a lot more hops. A good beer as a novelty, but not one I want to drink every day. billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 bottle 22 oz. Almost clear golden honey amber with large off white head ( a thin surface of fine foam on top of rather large bubbles) which fell rather quick. Moderate to good carbonation with minimal lace. Aroma is fresh, clean, resinous hops with a rich light amber malt background. Flavor is rich, somewhat sweet, light amber malt with alcohol and plenty of hops with a bit of a spicey/perfumey taste. Medium body. Hop bitterness hits right away, stays, and the finish is pleasantly bitter. Something wasn’t quite right with this one. Perhaps a bit old or stored wrong. The noticible alcohol taste distracted from the flavors and there was a somewhat overcooked aspect to the malt as well. Will have to try again from a different source. www.stonebrew.com was on the cap.
5/27/05: Got a good one this time. Similar to their IPA but bigger especially in the hops dept. This is one of those brews that can put that hop "burn" on you and make you enjoy every second of it. The burn, & bitterness fit well, not "added on" tasting like some. Almost puckering quality. The alcohol was still noticable all the way through the 22 oz bottle. tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Medium amber color witha mild head. Very hoppy at the start, malty sweet at the end. Dry and quenching.