Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bomber poured into a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass. Poured a clear medium orange with some visible carbonation and an explosive cap of creamy beige head. Love that Simcoe! Nose picked up large doses of juicy pears, sweet floral, grapefruit, pine resin, and spiked toffee... just lures you in! Pine resin and tubs of juicy goodness seep across the tongue hitting all the necessary taste buds. Grapefruit and caramed form a respectable base for the large level of pine, pear, and grapefruit bitterness above... alcohol gives the bitterness an extra sting as this approaches room temp (works well and was expected considering the ABV). Thicker, resiney feel on the palate... felt good. Excellent beer! KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Thanks again Brewblackhole. Cloudy amber/brown. Smell of mango, orange, malt, hops and alcohol. Taste of sugar, malt, hops, citrus and salt. Ok bitterness at the end. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Clear orange shade, delicate off-white head mostly lasts. Sharp nose, extremely hoppy, obviously aimed at the hophead and attacking the nostrils with spicy pumpkin, lime, tangerine and huge piney aromatics. As lovely as it may sound, its lack of subtlety becomes too much, the bitterness is harsh despite the not so pleasant syrupiness of its base malts. Not really tight and showing the usual weyerbacher defaults in terms of texture, it’s sugary (unfermentable complex molecules I assume) and not really cohesive, certainly nowhere tight and failing to be engaging in its carbonation. I can easily see how some will enjoy it more than a little, but those shining outfits only accentuate the lack of charm and grace that’s worthy of a long term investment. diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2006
Bottle at LCRBM 2, Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgiumfly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Slightly, hazy orange body. Off-white creamy head. Good lace. Aroma of pears, caramel, fruits, hops, ... Moderately bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Heavily bitter to the end. Somewhat fruity in the beginning, but the bitterness takes totally over to the end.
Always glad to try a beer that meets or surpasses my expectations. A grand hoppy beast, but if the name didn’t already imply that then you’re tromping in territory perhaps you shouldn’t. The aroma jumped to greet my nearly disabled nostrils just as I opened it. As resinous as it is, didn’t find the burn that some IIPAs tend to have. And as with so many of the beers I’ve enjoyed through trade I wonder if I’ll ever manage to have another ... *sigh*
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2006
Bottled - LCRBM2 - A copper/red coloured beer with a small tan head. The aroma is beautifully hoppy with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The taste is lovely. Big hops and a ton of malt. A marvellous massive mouthfeel. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange caramel with fluffy off white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, caramel, and hops. Flavor is, floral, hops, citrus, caramel, and malt. This is an excellent Double IPA. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Pours a hazy ruby gold with a frothy off-white head. Delicate caramel, grapefruit and pine aroma. Tastes like fresh grapefruit and honey. Medium mouthfeel and a a bit oily. lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2006
Nice looking beer with a clean orange color and with a white-yellowing head that leaves a fine lacing. The aroma is not overpowering but it is very attractive indeed. It is elegant, it leaves place for other aroma’s then Simcoe hops and it is complex and well in ballans. The taste is also very attactive and well ballanced. In the mouth you can notice hints of mild honey that gives a dry smoothness on the pallet, some fruits, zest of sweet oranges, herbs some well integrated spices and for sure the nobel bitterness of Simcoe hops. Avery nice beer with an elegant caracter and a very good ballans. At the LCRBM in Kulminator Antwerp. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle. Thanks to Phillymonskman for this one. A dark golen color with a foamy white head. A lush smooth grassy hop aroma and flavor. Sweet and well balanced with a bitter finish. Grapefruit, pineapple, and peach accents.