johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Pours a cloudy gold. Almost mind-blowing aroma of pine, honey, and a citric burn in the back. Not exactly what I expected from an IIPA, and the flavor was even more surprising. There is a lot of bitterness, but an almost equal amount of sweet honey. Thick, honey coating on the tongue. Maybe too much for a hophead like myself. Hops are obviously in effect in this beer, but don’t have a big finish or noticable resin. Both sweet and sour are very big in this beer and balanced for a smooth feel, honey is probably the dominant flavor. WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2005
Big grapefruit and pine hops to begin with sweet honey malts to follow. This beer is BIG and for an IPA is pretty thick on the palate. This is a lively beer, as carbonation continues to bubble from the glass even as it is almost empty. The hop profile of this beer isnt mouthwateringly complex, but the hop flavors that are present are seriously assertive, if not aggressive. However the malt sweetness backs it up enough to keep it in check. Dont get me wrong , this is a great beer and any serious hophead needs to at least try this. Watch out though, this stuff is smooooth and with the alcohol as well hidden as it is it will creep on you. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 22oz - A sharp sticky hop filled nose. Nice orange color with medium off white head that stuck around for a while, nice lacing. It tastes very earthy. Strong hops that lingers with every sip. I brought this one in my carry-on from indy to San Diego. I’m not sure how old it is, but tastes like the sharp hop is flat from age. I will have a freshy and re-rate. 04/08/05 - 8,4,7,4,16=3.9madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2005
Re-Rate on 08/10/05
22oz - Fresh batch - Aroma is pure freshly picked hops. Poured a transparent brownish-orange with a small head and great lacing. Flavor slams with fresh hops then mellows out with a malty chaser. I could try to throw some other flavors in there, but they are getting their butts kicked by the fresh hops. Palate is sticky and tart. Much better fresh in my opinion.
Pour dark cloudy orange with very thin white head that diminishes. Holy Hopiness, the aroma is pure hops, citrusy and piney. Tastes like pure hops and very bitter. Finishes the same way hoppy and bitter all the way through. I do detect somewhat of a malt background. This is the best beer I’ve had. Awesome. shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
Not what I was expecting, Delicious yes, one dimensional yes=( but I drank three bottles just the same and loved each and every one of them
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Had this puppy on tap one lucky day at Harpos in Boulder, Colorado. I will never forget that day. Best beer i’ve had yet. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
This is a Fantastic brew!A great hop aroma that you could sniff for days.A wonderful balance of big bold hops and malt.Plain and simple,it dont get any better than this! csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 I had a fresh one a month ago, but took no notes, and had an older one last night as part of a big IIPA tasting. Pours reddish orange. Smells honeyish and piney. (The fresh ones aroma was much better, in fact I sat and sniffed it for 5 minutes) Flavor is honey and piney hops. Nice mouthfeel. Will need to do a proper re-rate. RE-RATE 4/27 Fresh? 22oz bottle from a liquor store not too far from 3F. Served at 48° in a Duvel tulip. The beers pours reddish orange with a small, off white head. The aroma is piney, herbal, citrusy, resiny hops with a backing of caramelized turbino sugar. The flavor is citrus and piney hop flavor at first mixed with a sweet, caramelly, malt backing that transitions into a pine forest dripping with sap and fallen pine needles. The bitterness starts midway, but, suprisingly, it is somewhat subdued and the beer is balanced. A very tasty beer for those that love the flavor and aroma of hops, but don’t necessarily want to be blown out of the building by bitterness. Score stays the same. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
Full hoppy nose, with some malt as well, hazy orange, pours a good sized, short lived custard head, leaves some pretty lace. Flavour is quite hoppy to start, lots of orange and pine, nice malt level too. Well balanced. full bodied, zingy from the hops, fairly bitter. Terrific!! Thanks so much wohlfs and qdog. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 definitely not understanding the hug numbers this gets. Clean and defect free, yes. Boring yes.Overly soft and alcohol forward, this is all about the malt. NOT and Imperial IPA. Had this before Pliny the Elder and Drakes Denogonizer good thing beacause it was not noticeable when we went back to it afterwards. This need way more hop bitterness and floral resins. Good decent clean beer that is just plain boring. re-rated and it is even worse than before. Boring with a capital B. Sweet and malt forward with little hop presence. I cannot stand a sweet IPA they need to be dry and much more hop forward and resinous.