kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2009
22 oz bottle via wavers (big thanks!). Pours a hazy copper with a nice compact off white head. Nose is a menagerie of hop aromas. What hop aroma do i NOT smell? Hmm maybe chesse. Everything else is there in abundance. MMMMMMMMMMM i am frakkin speechless after the first sip. THis is tasty..lots of bittering hops yet tons of flavoring hops to give it balance. Screw the malts, they are then just for something to hop onto, as they should be. Hops are center stage here and are blanced between bittering and flavoring, about as perfect as you can get. THis is what ruination could be if it had more flavoring/aroma to balance out the bitterness. This is what hoppy should be. Body is a nice medium/full, finish is semi-dry. I taste apricot, pineapple, orange, pine, grapefruit, cantelop, honey, toffee, mandarin orange, perfume, pine, and the orange peal, grapefruit, pine lingers for a few minutes into the glorious aftertaste....heaven in a bottle. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Bottle, thanks to stoutlover72. Brilliant firey copper in color with ample foam. Glorious hop nose. This is without question the best smelling double IPA I’ve sampled in several months. In the nose, it’s like a Dreadnaught clone. Super piney, raw, resiny, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple, spruce and forest. Total hop glory! Just tasted it, expecting the beer not to match the perfect nose, but it’s just the opposite! It’s totally raw, hops at their core, like the first batch of Hopsickle. Pure and full fledged from the front palate to the finish. Perfect sweet, somewhat sugary malt flavor which works perfect with the amazing hop bill. I’ve been so vocal lately about Dreadnaught being the best Double IPA in the world, but after tasting this, I think I am mistaken. This beer is unreal. The perfect Double IPA. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 Dare I say somewhat Franklike which is a huge compliment for an amazing and obscure brewer that continues to create some truly unique beers. Hopfully well done Lupulin masterpiece. This from a brewer that came up with the Randall years before Dogfish head had been fried and served with a wedge of lemon. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 "Thanks to aspidites for this one!! This one puts Dreadnaught to shame. Too bad it isn’t bottled for the masses because this would quickly become tops on many peoples list. The nose is piney to the extreme, like a freshly cut tree in your glass. Appearance is that of a dark amber/mahogany color with hops oil present in the glass. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and incredibly hopped up. Hops resin, hops oil permeate this throughout. Caramel malt in it as well to help balance it out. This would make the lager-lover’s of the world curl up in fetal position and cry Mommy! WOW " alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 Hand bottled by brewer Steve Altimari and received in a trade with davecooks. Thanks a million for this one, Dave! Shared with friends on my recent trip to San Diego. As soon as I poured this and handed it to my BJCP judge buddy, he said, "who the hell made this?" Wow. This is seriously one of the best smelling IIPAs I have ever had. You can tell Steve dry-hopped the bejesus out of this one. Fresh Dreadnaught has been sort of a benchmark for me, but no more. An entire orchard of fresh, sweet citrus/grapefruit and and entire pine forest in this one! Appearance-wise, it pours a beautiful coppery orange. I usually like a little more head retention in my IPA/IIPAs, but this one poured a little on the flat end. Oh well, it more than made up for it in other areas. It’s like sucking on a fresh hop cone with some sweet, sugary malt to keep it honest. Hoppy to the core with a deeply resinous, oily mouthfeel. A truly amazing IIPA. Steve needs to get this into bottles yesterday. I’m trekking out to Stockton next time I’m in the Bay Area visiting family. A top 5 IIPA for me.
DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. I have had this several times at various festivals and have loved it every time. 2 pints and a 10 ounce goblet were enjoyed during this tasting, so sample size is not an issue here. Very aromatic, pleasant, hempy, catty, Simcoe hoppy goodness present in the nose. Me do love my Simcoe hops. Some sweet notes as well as some citrus aromas are present. Amazingly quaffable...more than I remember. Mildly hazy copper-amber body with a small off-white head. Wish there was a larger, stronger head on this. Hempy, piney, orangey, Simcoe hop flavors to start. Becomes chewy, malty, lightly sweet. Has a very light roastiness towards the finish before more floral, hoppy, bitter flavors come in at the end. This is so fucking good. Wonderfully balanced. A world-class beer. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
If you like this beer then absolutely must try the El Toro Deuce because they are very similar. To me the Deuce is more complex wit a bigger malt backbone. This Uberhoppy awesome and is one of the best doubles out there. A smidgen too sweet though. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 I was lucky enough to get a bottle from the brewer. The aroma is simply unbelievable! Unlike any beer you’ve ever smelled. Imagine throwing hops all over your back yard, turning on the sprinkler then mowing the grass. Very hop forwadr; the flavor was hops, hops, hops. I loved this beer, please make more! DocLock (10975) - 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! BeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
This is a big beer, starting with a big crisp wild hop nose, a nice amber color, and a big mix of bitter hoppiness and good kick of alcohol.