RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2005
A sparkling golden amber color that is dampened by mild cloudiness. A thick head and heavy lacing. An aroma consisting of hops that has grapefruit and wheat influences protruding through. The mouth enjoys a mild tingle sensation when the beer first touches the tongue. A sweet mixture of hops and citrus perk all the taste buds in the mouth. The remnants of hops lingers on captivating the palate for many moments after the fluid has left the mouth. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
22 oz bottle, via trades w/ Drnk-McDermott and Sprinkle. Poured a dark copper with a moderate off-white 1" head that left good lacing. Huge citrus and grapefruit aroma, but enough malt showing thru to foretell the big malty body to come. Flavor is similar to aroma, huge citrus and pine hoppiness backed up by a sweet malt backbone. Pretty good job of hiding the alcohol, though it did come thru in the finish, especially as it warmed from cellar to room temp. Gotta give the palate a 5. Big, full bodied and not heavily carbonated. Awesome IIPA overall, but thankfully I was able to split this with a buddy, some nights I just don’t have it in me to drink 22 ounces of IIPA. black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
This is the end all be all of imperial IPA’s. HUGE, HUGE aroma of grapefruits, and citrus zest. The aroma of this beer is its greatest attribute. It’s like walking through a field of simcoe hops with the fresh malty morning dew dripping from the cones. Yes, it is that good. And if you think it couldn’t get better, the taste is almost exactly as you could imagine. In no other instance have I smelled a beer that so accurately represented the taste. Pungent citrusy hops explode in your mouth balanced by a caramelly sweet malty backbone. Bitterness is very clean and almost subtle for this style. 100 IBU’s sounds like a lot but this beer plays it out well. Mouth feel is oily from the hoppy goodness. Any presence of alcohol is barely detected. This is one damn fine brew. MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Thanks Pailhead Poured hazy copper color with big white head. Huge floral hop aroma. Sweet citrus grapefruit flavor. Huge hop flavor! badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
wow.....what an ipa! i never expected that i would enjoy this beer as much as i had.....hazy orange appearance with white frothy head...aroma of sugary malts, graperfruit hops, pine needles, and oranges....orgy of flavor with an initial barley wine slap to the mouth consisting of caramels and sugars, followed by an excellent and refreshing sugary hop complex....a perfect palate, and an almost perfect beer....i can be a bit mean when rating an ipa, but have never had one like this....Thanks to Silphium again for another gem
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Rerated on 2-11-6. I finally got a fresh bottle of this. I wanted to rerate this due to the fresh hop profile. Pours clear orange with a white diminishing head. Great aroma of toasted malt and fruity hops. This one goes beyond the typical grapefruit aroma, I pick up melon and apricot. The flavor follows the aroma. The hop profile is bold without being overpowering. The complex fruitiness of the hop flavor balances nicely with the caramel and toasty flavors of the malt. The mouthfeel is perfect, slightly resiny. Nice crisp bitter finish. Hops really linger on this one. One of the best american imperial IPA’s you can get in my opinion as far as balance. I could see some extreme hopheads not thinking this one is up to par. I love hops, but I like balance...and this one does it. I like the FRESH bottles the best. You get more complex citrus notes. Now my complaint...the price. $11.50 per bottle is a little high. I used to be able get this for $7. I will still buy this one, but less of it. If you are on a budget. Hercules Double IPA is a decent substitute. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
cloudy amber color with a nice white head. evergreeny aroma. great flavor with hints of grapefruit. nice bitter after bite. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Wow, what amazing stuff. Huge Thanks to npdempse for this bottle. Hazy orange pour with a great head that left lacing forever. Aromas of fruit cocktail. Flavors were amazingly sweet with a decent hop finish that didn’t bite so much as refresh. Great stuff. Wonderful beer. I love it. hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden amber color. Big fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Flavor is amazing! Very creamy hoppy well balanced with the malts. Excellent beer. Thanks to my buddy Sprinkle keeping this stocked at his store. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2005
22 oz bottle. pours a beautiful copper color with a large fluffy white head. leaves a ton of lacing. aroma is citrusy hops malt very floral. taste is sweet, hops, orange, hides the alcohol very well. nice dry and light bitter after taste.
i recieved this in a trade but i cant remember who it’s from. whoever you are thankyou.