cranialouch (1) - USA - MAY 26, 2010 does not count
This beer packs a lot of flavor; good aroma, plenty of hops, and good maltiness underneath. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Big props to Stoutlover for sending this my way. Pour was a nice murky copper color. The aroma was sweet malt, and a wonderful pine hop smell. Palate is incredibly full and syrupy. Great balance between the hops and malt. The hops are the star, but the malt is perfectly balanced in. Big resiny hop finish. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Hand bottled courtesy of stoutlover72. Uh-oh, we may have a contender in my quest to find the world’s best IIPA. An excellent IIPA. I’ll put it on my list of great IIPA’s. Huge, piney, spicy flavor. Pine and citrus dominte the aroma. Hot finish. Alcohol hits you in the face. My idea of what a IIPA should be. I love it. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Bomber from Aspidites. Apparently this is "a non dry hopped experimental version of which there were only 12 bottles." Sweet. This is some good shit. I normally dont care that much for IIPAs... they always taste the same to me, are a little too acrid, etc. Not this one. The hoppiness is pure and rich, but is controlled. The malt sweetness takes a backseat but shows up right when you need it. Drinkability is ridiculously high for a 10.5% beer... I feel like I could session this stuff. I’ve finished the bomber in 5 or 6 sips, and it usually takes me an hour or two to do a bottle this size. Though I have not had the "real" version, it doesn’t matter. This is it. This is perfection in beer brewing. To me, this is the in the class of the perfect IIPA. The only other worthy alternatives are those that are a bit more hoppy, stronger punch, less drinkable of course, but still rich and smooth. Dreadnaught is the only one that comes to mind. Thanks, Mike! Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 BeerGeeks - 12/2/08 - Big Brassy DIPA - Like the colour of Aires rock, and with a hoppy nose to completely assault. Really well made DIPA. Drinkable even at 10%. Pine, citrus, blah blah blah.... big hops, big malt, and one hell of a beer.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 2008 Vintage, 22oz bomber from Aspidites shared at the PP Bottle Shop with wetherel and deftim13 and bikesanbeers. Pours amber with a tan bright white head. Nose is big and hoppy and resinny with a nice backbone of malt. Taste is sweet with a little smoke, hoppy but subdued, really nice and big and well rounded. Not a palate crusher but damn good. This is a sublime Imperial IPA. bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
on top at the brewpub. Huge hoppy aroma with nice citrus and pine. copper clor poured with a thin head. flavor had a nice amount of carmel malt but was dominate by citrus and pine hops without beeing too harsh. Very Drinkable. I watched a guy next to me down two as i savored my single galss. Although there was some alchol presence, it was nto nearly as boozy as some other big IIPA’s I’ve had. In fact i think this is slightly more drinkable that pliny the younger. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2009
wavers with the mad hookup here! Pours a rich amber color, small white head.Resin, citrus and caramel malt hit the nose followed by some tropical fruit. Flavor is both hoppy and malty. Hops are very bitter and resinous. Grapefruit dominates with hints of tropical fruit and more spicy hops. Good caramel malt. joet (2604) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Wow. I had this on tap for the first time and it’s obviously much more awesome than I’ve ever had bottled. Fresh, vivid and spectacular - it’s bushy, citric, bits of lemon and grapefruit without pepper or dustiness. Yes the hop profile is very expansive. Texture is not sticky and it isn’t loaded down with unfermented sugar or tasting overly sweet. Surprisingly drinkable despite it’s heft. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... very clean golden pour with a white head... HUGE piney hop nose... absolutely perfect nose... smooth medium body... the bitterness really balances well throughout the mouth... big hops on nose, but well balanced throughout... this leads to an extremely drinkable IIPA... this is like butter... so smooth and delicious. I want a bottle of this...