ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citric and piney hops, a bit stale. Flavor has some sweetish malt, a touch of marmalade, and bitter piney and citric hops, slightly stale. Medium-bodied. Decent, but probably better fresher.
fakebeersnob (320) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an orange/copper color with a decent soapy head that sticks to the side of the glass. The retention is quite long. First bit of aroma, I got a fresh cut grass smell, but as it warms the sweet fruit smell comes through. I am getting more of a stone fruit taste than citrus...like a peach or mango? Bitter pine finish. Solid malt backing. At first I thought this was average, but now half-way through, I am appreciating this a lot more.
YantarCoast (915) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUN 21, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint bottle. Pours gold with a medium creamy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, piney hops. Taste is bitter, mango, grass.
Darkmagus82 (2255) - - JUN 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bomber into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grapefruit citrus and some sweeter fruit of a tropical nature (papaya, tangerine and mango) with some harvest fruit of apple and peach as well. Along with the nice fruity smells, comes a bit of a pine and grassy smell as well as some hay. Overall the aroma is quite nice.
Taste – The taste begins with a great grapefruit hop taste that is mixed with the sweetness of tropical fruits and harvest fruits that were present in the nose. There is a little bit of a doughiness upfront which fades as the taste advances and is replaced by some toasted bready tastes mixed with a little bit more fruitiness. While the fruitiness increases a bit in intensity, hop flavors of resinous pine and a bit of grass come to the tongue, leaving one with a rather flavorful and smooth hopped up taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruity, dank and lightly toasted flavors the feel is fantastic and makes for one easy drinking but robust drinker.
Overall – I rather enjoyed this brew. It has a ton of different flavors that all melded together well. Along with the great nose and feel, the combination of attributes made for a very nice drinking brew.
thepatrickman (784) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh bottle carried across the country by a good friend. This is a great benchmark of a West Coast IPA. It’s clean and neutral, super clear and firmly bitter. It didn’t shake any of my dearly held beliefs, but who wants a beer to do that anyway?
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the glass it has a light amber color with a nice head. Aroma of citrus and some pine. The taste has more citrus with some mango and malts. Good balance with a long finish.
Banksiz (90) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mainly a piney-hoppy nose with some maltiness and a little honey and stone fruit as it warms up. Bitter with a medium-heavy mouth feel. Finish is a little too bitter for me. Good IPA, but in a beer at 6.8% ABV, I’d like to see a bit more depth and complexity to the flavor.
NikkTwist (2673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2016 Draft at Moriartys. Slightly hazy gold pour with soapy off-white foam. Messy lace. Juicy sweet amber fruits. Grassy citrus hops. Apricots. Honey tangerines. Pineapple. Lemon pith. Pine needles. Medium caramel malts. Fairly full body. Slightly harsh lingering finish.
altonbrownd (5536) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Happy Valley Supermarket. Nice gold body with medium head. Nose is malty, citrus, fruits. Taste is also fruits, hops. Nicely balanced. Good finish.
MattH (772) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Gold pour. Aroma is juicy fruit gum, citrus and pine. Flavor is same as the aroma. Finish is moderately bitter. Carbonation is fine and tingly.