Ungstrup (38592) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2006
A hazy orange beer with a big orange head - due to high carbonation. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of both hops and caramel. The flavor is sweet and very malty, that combines fine with strong notes of hops - and lesser notes of oranges. The body is powerful, making it thickly floating thru the mouth - the alcohol shows up in the end leaving a slight burn in the top of the throat. Thanks to Rene and Oakes for supplying me with the opportunity to try this. mabjork (693) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2006
Bottled. Hazy brown in colour. Minor beige head. It has a sweet and at the sametime a pine forrest like aroma. It is a blend of mango and nectarine.It has a sweet and bitter flavour of junier berries combined with a sweet aftertaste. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled (thanks omhper). Dark copper coloured, small off white head. Aroma of beautifully balanced hops. Flavour of a lot of hops and fruits. Mago and nectarine all the way through. A bit harsh grassiness starts to show, so Per was most likely right about that this may be on it’s way going bad... Except for the harsh grassyness underneath, very lovely! TBone (18391) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2006
Bottled. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Copper amber brown color, very hazy with floating yeast, not much head. Very fruity and hoppy aroma: pineapple, nectarine, mango, lots of hops. Grapefruit bitterness flavor, long long hoppy and fruity aftertaste. Tropical IIPA!
Big thanks to my re-located homebrew connection (gone Cali) for this sample....great looking brew. We love the big IIPAs, and this one surprised with a "darker than expected" hue. Almost thought it was funktified...until we got a whiff.........wow. Very piney hoppy....once we got past that weird color and immense head. Big malts....even bigger hops all over the place. Nice smooth mouthfeel...bitter, but not tremendously so in the finish. Who ever would’ve thunk something this good could’ve been spawned from Stockton? Go figure.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Decadent huge yellow head consists of a reunion of thick bubbles. Muddy brown body is darker than most double IPAs. Extremely woody hops greet the nose with a warning of upcoming originality that can’t fail to reach the ears. Salty, generously malty, sweaty, citrusy, fruity. Plenty of caramel supporting flavours and earthy to boot. The show keeps on over the palate. A generous malt backbone offers a genuine full body that shines with foamy carbonation and lets the hops feel nowhere near aggressive. And are they solid those hops? Hugely perfumey, woody, floral, working with the malt toastiness like an old couple. Excitingly devoid of alcohol flavours. That’s fun, big yet balanced. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Big thanks to DaveCooks for this bottle! Pours a very cloudy medium brown with a small white head. Aroma is very pungent. I’m surprised at the number of hop varieties, as I found the aroma to be pretty 1-dimensional, smelling mostly of grape, like a desert wine. Slight hints of piney and other hop varieties. In the mouth, it was very balanced. In fact, I would say it was more malty than hoppy. I’m amazed that it’s a 150 IBU beer. Finish is definitely bitter. I wonder if I got the same batch as ElGaucho. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2006
Sweaty, perfumey, floral, hop forward aroma with plenty of tannins and some some sweet toasted, biscuity malt character beneath with only the faintest traces of alcohol. Opaque tan-brown coloured body is topped by a fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a partial cover with some fine lacing. Sweet, floral, perfume-like, herbal, leafy, and earthy hops spar with the toasty, sweet malts. Bitterness while certainly aggressive is never overwhelming. Medium body with delightfully fluffy, airy carbonation that releases all the flavours. It seems like with that much malt and hops it should be heavy and syrupy so the contrast in the mouth is wonderful. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(first off many thanks to dave cooks for this free,yes i said free beer sent in the mail.)poured a murky brown body with a nice small white head that left lacing.aroma was full of ice tea like hops mixed with a bit of caramel malts.flavor was VERY well rounded and contained flavors of ice tea,pine,citus,caramel malts,and brown sugar.i usually like my double ipa’s to be over the top hoppy but the balance of hop to malt ratio on this one was outstanding.i sure hope they brew more of this cuz this is awsome!!!! DocLock (11110) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Big thanks to Dave Cooks for this. The pour is turbid dark brownish copper, with a 1-finger off-white fluffy head. The aroma is a hop behemoth, literally overpowering the olfactory receptors. There is also a smodgen of caramel malts, brown sugar, black pepper, mango, pineapple, and orange zest. The flavor is amazingly hoppy, almost like dry-hopped pineapple juice mixed with some mangoes, fresh ground black pepper, and tangerine. One of the hopiest beers in taste and smell I have ever encountered. Perhaps not as well balanced as Dreadnaught, or as dense and complex as Oggi’s Hop Whompus, but this one is one of the elite IIPAs of all time. If you are a hophead, you MUST try this!