Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 29, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, listed at 7.7%. Hazy amber with a white head. Huge nose - boldly floral, perfumey, with sweet orange, ruby grapefruit and an underlying pine resin. Wow! Bracingly bitter flavors of grapefruit rind, spicy orange and a sweet malt spine. Excellent lace rings. Another hop head orgasm from Willimantic - excellent! Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Perfumy floral aroma, great orange juice notes. Sweet and inviting. Murky brownish haze. Very floral sweet bouquet, Excellent malt hops combo wet and sweet citrus fruit flavor finishes smooth and dry. Love it. Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Poured from a growler. Bronzey orange and mostly clear, somewhat of a thin syrup. Rich plum, bold grape and caramel aroma; red apples, cinnamon, spicy hops. Dry, and intense. A heavy and ubiquitous vinous characteristic tends to dominate; this is a mysterious hop shade of some kind that seems common and unique to these Willimantic pale ales. This presents itself richly in the flavor with a bright raspberry sweetness, which develops an acerbic bitter character in leading toward dry pear skins, banana, and grasses. Vanilla and butterscotch; crisp brown sugars. Smooth, slightly slick and a bit thick in the mouth, finishing with more dry berry tones. Quietly unique, certainly; sweet, and pleasant, though not entirely stunning. Thanks for sharing, Ken! kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Growler, courtesy of Vanessa! Pours a hazy, golden amber color; slightly oily and heavy; very thin off-white head. Dense, viscous and weighty aroma; concord grapes, ripe fruits, and floral notes; generous and very vinous, without the harsh hop character typical of ASAs. Relaxed carbonation, but still very pleasant and dense in the mouth: candy sugar and floral notes, with a persistent grapey, gooseberry note; very light bitterness with resiny, wet hop character (citrus, floral); much less aggressive than one might expect; like a gigantic wet hop ale with well-hidden alcohol. Medium, bready and grapey finish; a bit drying. Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Version 2003. A gem. Came in a 12 oz. glass, hazy golden color, with almost no head. Aroma is a bit of sweet malt and woody aromas, that are being mauled by pungent orange and lemon rind scented hops. Flavor is very complex, and not as one-sided as you would expect from a double IPA. Starts off very sweet, a bit earthy and nutty, and a touch of alcohol. All that is soon overpowered by delicious juicy hops. Citric flavors dominate the hop profile, grapefruit, orange peel, and a bit piney as well. A real gem. I can’t wait for 2004’s version!
DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Tap at brewpub. Faint aroma that is hard to detect, but as it warms a little more I can smell some citrus orange in there. Moderately hazy copper honey color with a nice off-white head. Citrusy orange start turning nice and chewy with a slight sweet maltiness in the middle. Piney grapefruits to finish. This is my idea of an IIPA. Extremely well balanced with a very powerful malt backbone. If this had a little more aroma, it would certainly be world-class. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2004
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Beer fest '04: Citrusy with a nutty tad plastic scent. Hazy orange color. Citrus flavors, full range Grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime. Left a off taste on the tounge. Again kinda nutty/plastic. Good, but lost a little for the plastic thing.
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Murky orange color with a large creamy white head. Big citrus aroma that had grapefruit, orange, lemon and some earthiness. Full bodied, starts and ends really bitter. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Dull burnished brass color, no head. Light malty nose, nothing too promising. Falvor, though--strong malty/butterscotch flavor (yes, me like them diacetyls), very sweet, no alcohol evident, light whiskeyish character, just a tad thin but very smooth; significant hoppiness throughout keeps it from being cloying and keeps the warming liqueur sensation going. On the whole, excellent. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Hazy light brown body. Aroma is quite hoppy with some sweetness. Flavor is strongly earthy-hoppy bitter, balanced slightly by malt but not much.