ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 3/29/13. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark gold color with middling clarity. The head is an impressive looking four finger (via aggressive pour) offwhite shade. Retention here is quite strong, and as the head slowly recedes, plenty of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Big grapefruit here on the nose. A bit of malt sweetness breaks up all the hops, but ultimately, the pine, black pepper, and grapefruit qualities from the hops win out.
T: Similar to the aroma, the dominant flavor on the palate is grapefruit-derived hop flavors. I half-expected an upsurge of bitter, piny hop flavors on the back end, but no. The bitterness is really well restrained here, seemingly replaced with savory, nonintrusive caramel malts and bright citrus peel. Nonintrusive is the key word here - to me, an overt malt backbone can kill an IPA worse than excessive hop bitterness can, and this strikes a balance between the two aspects. As it warms up, the flavor really takes on a savory, herbal bend to it, especially on the finish.
M: The texture features good dryness, however it could be a bit lighter in my opinion. Still, I like the lack of palate wrecking bitterness here. I’d almost call it ’soft’ - but not quite.
O: What a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t really expecting too much here, but I’m honestly impressed with this offering. This is a great example of a ’balanced’ IPA.
haddon90 (1588) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Pours a cloudy orange color with not much in the head. Decent hops in the aroma with some pine notes. Smooth taste. Light citrus with a very light hoppy finish. Good IPA.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1651 - #CBC2015 Beer 36 - Day 4 - On tap at 10 Barrel Portland w/ Ferris. Pours a deep golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma is grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, light pine. Medium carbonation, medium body. Flavour is light citrusy sweet, moderate bitterness.
Bulk_Carrier (3164) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-hazy to burnt somewhat golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated extremely slowly. Some bubbles here and there inside of the foaminess.
The smell started off with some faded grassy to citrus hops sliding into a crisp sweet caramel malt backbone.
The taste was moderately sweet to bitter through the prior mentioned flavors. Citrusy hoppy to semi-malty aftertaste runs into a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent crisp sweet sessionable feel about it. Carbonation seems decent for the style and to me.
Overall, its a pretty good AIPA. Maybe not one to seek and destroy on a daily basis, but I could have it again. I do have to admit, this almost seemed a bit old, but there’s no bottling date, so, my words stand.
Ventanas83 (34) - - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour clear with some haze. Citrus hop aroma. Taste bitter and green hops defiantly northwest style hops. Great IPA.
oskart (53) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber in color with very little head. Aroma of pine and herb. Some sweetness in the aroma from the malt. Pronounced earthy, herbal flavor. Slight balance of malts with the bitterness of hops. Light mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Lasting aftertaste. Warming and dry. Nice fresh beer.
bnoel09 (565) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a shaker. Amber almost mahogany color with a cream colored head. Aroma is predominantly citrusy hops. Flavor is bready malt with lots of citrusy hops and some piney notes as well. Medium bodied, crisp, and mildly astringent. Very nice IPA.
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight pour on tap at the brewpub (Bend, OR). Pours a nbice gollden amber glowing hue, healthy gllow compliments a subtle haze and some lively bubbles. Offwhite head atop dies to a mellow layer, thicker ringer with ok lacing atop. Aromas are a bit bitter and biting, some citric grapefruit, firmer to potent florals and decent malty body falls behind that more intriguing fresh hop nose. Initial is sufficiently bitter, the lighter end of medium in body with florals, subtle pineapple and decent bitterness growing on the palate. Earth, green leafy life and florals meet a gentle sweeter body beneath, mixing with sweeter pineapple stale juicy jabs. Some firmer spicy, bitter earthy backend is dry, sufficiently bitter. Less ABV hit than the Joe but that one had a more intriguing hop profile. Fairly drinkable, fuzzy backend and finish. A solid fresher appeal with bitter firmer hops, solid if unspectacular or unmoving nose. Solid stuff
jbruner (3546) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really solid commercial deScription on this one that lends to most of the tasting notes I would have given it. Resinous but balanced, solid IPA.
echudy (147) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong hop flavors with hints of citrus and malt. Golden brown color, pretty clear. Very strong hop flavor with a citrus and malt after taste. Finishes nicely with a pine taste to the palate
snoworsummer (4035) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at TnB. Pours almost clear gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like grapefruit hops, resin, caramel malt, some tropical fruits, and a hint of floral. Very tasty. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like caramel malt, hop resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit, and citrus hops.