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.
joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Berkeley bowl. It pours a nice rich golden orange color with an off white head. The aroma jumps out as very fruity with lychee, mango, melon and some fruit jellies. Maybe some hints of cat pee, florals and bread. The flavor is similarly hoppy and fairly rich on the palate with more florals, pine, fruit jellies and a solid piney bitterness in the finish. Pretty dry, and not too malty, but it has a pretty substantial toasted bread quality. Really, a nice IPA.
bytemesis (4654) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Nolen. Pours clear orange, small off-white head, some lacing. Aroma is citrus, dank pot, cat piss, pine resin. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, dank. Lightish body. Solid effort.
chriszfat (16) - Lake stevens, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light colored on tap. Good citrus aroma . Light malt start with building hoppy bitter finish. Solid.
berntholer (1396) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dense ivorywhite head leaves some lacing. light orange colour. aroma is a bit yeasty, apricots, hoppy. taste like aroma, slight sweetish with a long and bit harsh finish. medium body and carbonation. bottle
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
All around solid IPA. Fairly well balanced, but probably 70-30 hops-to-malts bill. Hops are pine, with a wee bit of resin. Good.
George999 (238) - Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle the pour is blonde and slightly cloudy with a light white head that dissipates but not immediately, the aroma is citrus like grapefruit and hops, the taste is lightly sweet on the front end with a nice bitter grapefruit citrus and hop finish, the overall finish is a little bitter with a little bit of sweetness. The mouth feel is medium.
UncleKorm (1060) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap poured a clear golden hue w/ a medium white head. Moderate piney and tropical citrus aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are pineapple, straw, and lemon peel. Medium bodied.
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Bacterial (2202) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy pale yellow pour with a nice thick white head and lacing. Nice citrus and pine nose (70/30 ratio or so). Nice mouthfeel. Big hop presence. Bitter, but really well balanced by the citrus and pine hops. Pretty solid for a $4 bomber.
drpimento (2483) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the nitro version and it was super! Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Plenty of malt to stand up to the fresh hops. The nitro enhanced the body. Hope I get to try it again.
Zymurgeist2 (1285) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught. Moderate pine and fruity aromas. Slightly hazy golden orange with moderate white head that is soapy. Piney aroma and moderate high bitterness.