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 (3147) - 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 (1272) - 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. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Freshest hop aroma I have smelled aside from brew day at my home. Scent of lemon/grapefruit/citrus overlying fruit punch overlying candy sugar, with the faintest hint of pine. Appears a crystal clear light amber with good effervescence of moderately-sized bubbles. Flavor starts sweet, hoppy in the middle, finishes a perfect balance of the two. The sweet flavor component is neither malty nor caramelly but just tastes clean. The hoppy flavor component is fresh, bitter, and just plain yummy. There is also a hint of biscuit as I get further down the glass. Palate is moderately to heavy and appropriate, though it gets a bit slick and syrupy after awhile. Overall, this beer is equal to or greater than the sum of its parts. My thanks to sprinkle for this excellent brew. IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Thanks to flemdawg for this beer.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Good IPA aroma of clean hops and a touch of candy with no grass. The taste? Well, this is interesting. This is very, very interesting. Not at all what I expected. The first adjective in the commercial description is the word "massive". But "massive" was not the first adjective that came to mind with the first sip. Instead, something very different surfaced: smooth. Very, very smooth. I taste hops, loads and loads of clean tasty hops with no grassy aftertaste... but I don’t get an abrasive bitterness. I taste alcohol, peppery refreshing alcohol, but not an overwhelming dryness. And I taste a malt backbone, sweet and supportive, but no toffee and no stickiness. This is not the most assertive IPA I’ve had thus far. Rather, it is the smoothest. This is an IPA that could introduce people to the IPA. All this coupled with a nice, full body that one would hope from a beer this hyped. This is by all account a sipping beer, but not because it’s too harsh to drink in mass quantities. This is a beer to be sipped so as to prolong the experience for as long as possible. Thanks Jim for giving me this opportunity.
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 well shit. I lost my original rating of this when I hit save. See the other people’s ratings. All I have to say is that this is really f$#%^ing good. mmmmm I concur with most everything everyone else says. I do detect oranges in the aroma and flavor. This was my 75 beer mark. 9, 5, 9, 4, 19 = 4.6
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Rerate: I had a new bottle of this. It’s still great on aroma, but the malt is definitely less than last time. 9, 5, 8, 4, 17 = 4.3
Thanks for sharing MrManning!
Pours a dark and hazy orange body with a white frothy head. Aromas are lots of hops, slight sweet caramel. Taste is lemon, hops bitterness, sweet malt. Finish is super bitter, lots of hops, but well balanced and not overpowering. A great beer and nice treat!
Rating miletsone: 100 MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
BAM finally get to try this bad boy, and it was worth the wait. First of all I’ll thank BUNKYPOP for sending me this all the way from Illinois! Pours a dark gold body, with some cloudy orange properties. Head is just off-white, short lived and medium sized. In the end the head just sorta sat around the edge of the glass. Aromas are a huge blast of hops, citrus (lemon and orange), sweet malty candies, and some grassy notes too. Complex! Taste is like a hops train coming straight for your mouth, and it explodes in your mouth. HUGE HOPS, bitterness, orange peel, candied malts, grainy and grassy, and a slight boozey warmth. Finish is boozey and warming, huge bite in the mouth. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Suprisingly smooth and enjoyable for the alcohol content. Awesome and prime example of the style. Well done Three Floyds! rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Again, big ups to qwak for this one. Someday I will bathe in this stuff. Hops garden and sweet malt nose. This is truly the ultimate IIPA. You could never confuse it with a barleywine like some other IIPAs (Great Divide comes to mind here) Huge grapefruit/citrus hops, cotton candy malt, perfect freakin finish. Reaffirms my love of the style. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2005
bottled, courtesy of footbalm. glowing copper orange, with more malt in the aroma than i expected. however, a biting bitterness hits your tongue before anything else, and the radioactive color becomes a radioactive flavor--my tongue is glowing, coated with hops. this is clearly alpha king’s bigger, badder, bitterer brother. damn good beer.