merc7186 (1501) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours okay with a somewhat clear straw color to it, there is minimal white ring of head and some decent lacing on the glass. The beer has a definite resin smell, very piney with mild grapefruit. The taste lives up to its name, HOPS...it has again a definite blend of resin and grapefruit and a mild flavor of white grape on the back end. The mouthfeel is dry and hoppy, plus the beer is very well carbonated. Overall, I love beer, I love Hops...and I love this beer.
NoLedge21 (10) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a strong aroma but definitely nice. Crisp apples to the nose. Light apples to the taste and a grapefruit/citrusy flavor. Great golden haze color. Thick white foamy head. Solid. Great beer from a great San Francisco brewery. Side note: If in the bay, definitely have a few brews and some food (the food is above and beyond for any brewery standards).
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jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2 finger head and good lacing down the glass.
Smells of grapefruit and citrus peel.
Very malty throughout. Good citrusy taste throughout the palate to back up the caramel backbone. Finishes with a good lingering pine/citrus hop presence. Very well balanced, not a hop bomb as I was expecting.
Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium.
Solid beer. Would definitely try again given the chance although nothing about it stands out.
Nuffield (3547) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another really good beer in a can. Decent head but average appearance. Vibrant aroma with citrus and floral veins and lots of complexity. Flavor has a sweet edge and not what I would expect of a beer with this abv. Very appealing flavors. Can.
AirForceHops (2374) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can from Julioís. Golden-orange in color with a medium foamy off-white head that receded slowly. Flavor is grassy hops, and then light old citrus notes with some light vanilla oak woodiness. The wood notes really tone down the hops. Bitterness is only lingering moderately after the sip. Medium body with slight warming after the sip. Alcohol is very well hidden. I wish I could taste this fresh since the can in front of me is over 2 months old. Would love to sample this on draft. Well worth a try.
ChiGuy68 (295) - Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a 12oz can. It poured a hazy golden with a frothy off white head and streaky lacing. Moderately sweet hop aroma with floral notes. Big hop taste with a bitter finish.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is pretty decent, and it also has a nice texture, as well. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Not as hoppy as I wanted it to be. I do get some solid grapefruit tendencies, but this seems to be more about the sweet malts and faint alcohol presence. I even pick up a hint of oak. Quite nice for a malty DIPA, at least.
T: Okay, this is very grapefruit forward, actually. The sweetness I feared from the aroma meshes well with the citrusy hop tones on the back end; hell, Iíd even call it juicy. Finishing bitterness is slight, and keeps within the general vibe of the flavor profile. There is a small oak presence, as well - granted, itís subtle at best, but Iím glad it only adds a bit of vanilla to the finish rather than clash with the grapefruit flavors. My only real complaint is that over time, the sweetness is a tad much. Otherwise a super-solid DIPA.
M: Very smooth in its texture, though a little heavy. Itís dry enough on the back end to help give it decent (though not spectacular) drinkability - the only reason itís not even better is because itís a bit too sweet. Fits the flavor profile quite well, though.
O: This is a really solid DIPA that honest-to-Jebus reminds me of drinking straight-up grapefruit juice at times. If the sweetness was a little lower, with all other aspects kept the same, this would be among the best in the style. Still quite good, and still worthy of purchase.
GSH1976 (159) - Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can dated 6/7/2013 into an imperial pint glass. Appearance is a hazy orange with lots of creamy head that hung around for a while leaving nice lacing behind. Aroma is definitely unique and now that I have read the description that explains it. Oak is definitely evident in the aroma along with a little citrus and very feint alcohol notes. Taste is sweet (too sweet in my opinion) with malt dominating, at least initially, and then there is a little pine and grapefruit but there is not much of a lingering bitterness at all. The alcohol is also noticeable. This is not what I expect from a West Coast IPA but the fact that it is three months old may have something to do with it.
dphoxie (103) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
love this one. i think the oak aging mellows the hops just enough. this could be a teeth melting IPA, but instead it allows you to get something more... the hops flavor is bracing and strong, but with a smooth woodiness backing it up. canít get enough of these. probably gone through a case from my local bottle shop.
jflopsu (305) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rusty orange. Has a sweet aroma of apple and sugar cane. Taste is unique with apple, grapefruit, and some whiskey. Light aftertaste.