chaosconverter (1) - USA - APR 12, 2006 does not count
One of the most ballanced beers I have ever tasted.
Bitter enough to please most hopheads, yet not over powering. Malt and hop aromas compete fiercly for dominance while the Alcohol and the residual surgar tame each other.
I await its return. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
12 oz bottle consumed in the generous company of tiggmtl, MartinT and Rastacouere. Not just uber-hoppy, but also uber-foamy, with a huge frothy head atop the very dark, muddy/murky body.....the nose is, indeed, hugely hoppy, sweet with apricot and peach notes, oranges in marmalade and in their raw citric acidic glory, quite a pleasure.....the body is a nice sweet-sour balance, pleasantly acidic with a faint earthiness in the firm malts giving it enough heft to maintain drinkability, very light alcohol character.....the body is velvety-soft, creamy but gives way to a nice citric acid assault at the finish. Impressive, deserving of the praise. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
Any first impressions?ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
-Tons of foam protect the muddy orange-brown.
-An elaborate hop aroma proffers pink grapefruit, wooden notes, apricots, peaches, and conifers. A most enticing phenomenon.
-The wooden, sandy, and citrusy hops are well-organized with the toasted and caramel malts.
-The vibrant, fluffy carbonation à la Belgian-style makes the buoyant hoppiness more drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-The hop bitterness is crunchy and palatable, despite the purported 150 IBUs.
-Although this is a high-octane brew, there is barely any alcohol apparency in here.
-The floral nature of the hop perfume tickles the nostrils.
-It may not be as intricate and solemn as Dreadnaught or Yulesmith (for my tastebuds anyway), but this remains a mighty fine I2PA.
Bottle from brewer.
6th annual Bistro IIPA fest. Came highly recommended by Aspidites. I was underwhelmed. Not much aroma to speak of. Hops are subdued in the nose. Beautiful, dark, murky, reddish amber with an off-white ring. Some lace, but not really. Not really enamored with it. This has 150 IBUs? Did I get the wrong beer (I don’t think so)? Not only are hops not all that prevalent in the aroma, this is a malt heavy IIPA. I’d like to give it another go given the opportunity. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Another huge thanks to Oakes for a bottle of this tasty brew. Deep brown beer with a very fine laced yellow head. Cloudy brew with suspended yeasty chunks despersed throughout. Massive chewy, resiny hop aroma. Sweet grapefruit, mango, papaya, tropical juiciness over some equally complex toasty caramelly malts. A hint of milk chocolate in the nose as well. Flavour matches the aroma quite well. Initial strong hoppy flavour, soft carbonation and very creamy mouthfeel. Tropical, amarillo/cascade hop flavour, light resinousness in the middle before the sweet caramelly and chocolatey malts settle into a soft, bready yeasty finish. Very unique brew, smells like a big hoppy IIPA with loads of hoppy aroma and flavour, but the flavour has only moderate bitterness. Lots of malty complexity without any roastiness. Hop flavour is incredibly fresh with light grassiness, sweet juiciness and even a kiss of spice underneath. Lightly warming but the alcohol is very well hidden. Soft and chocolatey.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Thanks to Davecooks for this bottle. Pours deep amber/copper, with a tan head. Aromas are pine, grapefruit, caramel, and malt. Flavors are grapefruit, caramel, pine and sweet malt. Very well integrated between hops and malt. Deserving of its top 50 rank. smcd (366) - USA - FEB 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 This is a nice brew. Big, grassy hop notes on the nose. Full bodied and a palate full of hops on the way down. Despite the 9.1%, this carries very well and the alcohol is definitely not hot ... heck, its darn well unnoticiable! Nice job guys! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle, big thanks to DaveCooks: Pours a murky mahogany with orange hues and a frothy, nicely-lacing light tan head. Aroma is dripping with hop oils and fresh grapefruity hops with some pine. A toasty gingersnap cookie maltiness awaits beneath. First sip is of sweet toasted caramel malt, some light ginger and a bold peppery citrusy hop presence toward a nicely bitter, crisp, resiny finish that hides the alcohol quite well. Pleasant carbonation delivers bursts of grapefruity flavor. Nicely balanced, yet loaded with hops everywhere. A very enjoyable double IPA. I really wish this were more available. omhper (25093) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled. Clear brownish amber. Fresh juicy lychheelike hop aroma. Medium dry with soft rounded mouthfeel. Beautiful, solid malt character underneath a wellpointe lacquer of hops. Extremely hop aromatic, but the 150 IBU doesn’t hurt that much at all, instead the bitterness is just pleasant. Extremely drinkable for it’s size. Oakes (17642) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Dark amber colour. Fresh hop aroma is very blackberryish with a woody background. Very berryish flavour overall, with a toasty malt character. Interesting beer - distinctive and flavourful.