MrBunn (2844) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2005
What a start! Pours phenomenally and aroma is top notch. Pine, spice and hops smells come off the beautiful amber body with creamy head. Flavor blends excellently... even though it is heavily hopped it doesn’t come off as overdone. Citrus/grapefruit, evergreen, hops, they’re all in a silky smooth package. rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium golden color, actually lighter than I had expected, with a decet-sized off-white head. Even when you pour it into a glass, the hops begin to assault your sense of smell. There are a lot of citrus notes in the aroma, with a touch of spiciness. The flavor is amazing....extremely hoppy and bitter, but no unpleasant aftertaste. Overall, delicious....I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this one for a while. Thanks, Drafting Room! jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
No doubt an imperial IPA - lots of hops that leap from the glass to the nose — fresh grapefruit and pine. But then there is all the rest that sits on top an undercurrent of sweet malts. The flavor is filled with citrus, both the fruit and the bitter peel. Grapefruit, orange, lemon. The bitterness fills the mouth, but unlike an imperial IPA like Ruination, the malt balance reins in the hops. Great balance. One of my favorite beers to date. delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
White pencil thin moustache head with a Jennifer Love Hewitt aroma (sexy fresh and delightful). Body builder orange tinge color. A sweet beginning with a hop-a-longggg finish.....get a cedar chest bang if ones exhales throught the nose after a taste. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2005
had a full bottle of this for myself while watching Sideways, which made this fun to drink. phone ordered from Archer Liquors, thanks Randy! bright and orangey light amber clear color. a small streamer of fizz that surfaces slowly. thick and creamy off-white head that lasts long. very strong floral aroma and pine needles too. flavor is pine needles in demerara sugar, smooth but strong hops. sparkly carbonation, mouthfeel gets a little fizzy and creamy. bitter finish like fresh grapefruit pith.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
My first impression of the aroma - and this was before I even poured it - was pine needles. Once I got it in the glass and got a proper smell, I noticed more intricate notes of citrus and perhaps a bit of apricot. The color is dark amber/orange with little head and light lacing. The flavor is where this brew really sticks out - it is very complicated and well-balanced. The fruity sweetness up front is almost perfectly balanced by the bitter hop finish. It’s almost like a caress followed by a slap in the face and I love it! The flavors I detect include apricot, orange, coffee, chocolate - there’s a lot here. The mouthfeel is a little on the "light" side but makes for a nice overall package. A very fine Imperial IPA from a very fine brewery. Thanks Three Floyds! antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2005
From 22 oz bomber. Thanks to Bob Mack for the bottle! Poured a hazy shade of orange/amber with a tight white head that dissapated quickly. Aroma seemed to consist of a sweet smell of grapefruit. First sip is all hops but with a surprising malt finish. Medium body, which is what you would expect with an IPA. It seems to stick to your tongue. Exceptional beer, the best I have had from Three Floyds so far. TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Hazy orange color with a thin white head. Big aroma of citrus and pine needles. Flavor is lots and lots of bitter hops with a fairly substantial malt backbone. Alcohol noticeable but not overly so. Bitter hop finnish. I thind what makes this beer exceptional is the presence of the malt . Despite the overwhelming amout of hops, it does more than simply hit you over the head with hop bitterness. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bomber. Pale, hazy apricot color. Short-lived frothy head collapses into a gauzy film, leaving camouflage lace patterns. Aroma seems more appropriate to a high gravity dark ale: chalk dust is foremost on the nose, accompanied by resiny pine and grapefruit, currants, bakers’ chocolate, anise, and ashtray. The flavor is less confused... sugar, orange peel, gin, tobacco, walnut, and graham crackers. Extreme orange soda and herbal character. Alcohol is undetectable. Sticky, syrupy palate. So extraordinarily malty sweet that perceived bitterness is actually quite low, IMO. Fruity and gently bittersweet aftertaste; grapefruit zest and gingerbread. Overrated, and closer to an American barleywine than an IIPA. Still, the overall package is delicious, greater than the sum of its parts. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Smells of sweet candy apples and pine. Small head foamed up and left quickly. Not as syrupy as I thought it was going to be from the pour but still covered the palate well. Of course, this is very hoppy and the bitterness lasts and lasts and lasts. Between this and Great Divide’s Titan, I’m beginning to dig on IPAs, or perhaps its the fact that the two are so over-the-top in their style. In any case, very well done, indeed!