brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a dense, soapy white head with great lacing.
S: Perhaps not surprisingly, this is pretty sweet on the nose. Lots of sweet fruity hops giving a grapefruit and citrus aroma to the beer. There is a lot of caramel and sugary sweetness, though, which isn’t really what I like in an IPA.
T: Very sweet, way too much for me. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee provide a sugary base to the beer. There is hop character to it, but it’s sweet as well. Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, grapefruit, and perhaps a negligible amount of pine.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This is definitely leaning toward the barleywine side of things. Not sure why this one gets talked up so much...I was not a fan.
HellesBunny666 (150) - Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful shiny golden color. Very grassy spicy aromas, peppery, dry. Peppery, spicy mouth feel, dry, very fresh hops, herbal, citrus.
bloodnok (14) - USA - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
rather weak aroma but a lovely clear yellow - the urologist will be so pleased! vaguely medicinal although not unpleasantly so. nice bitter aftertaste.
John25 (374) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Almost amber in color. Citrus and pine with oak wood character. The taste really showed a heavy pepper spice. An interesting unique ipa.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gripweed57 (608) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can. Bright pale gold color. Medium sized foamy white head holds firm. Fragrant pine hops dominate the nose. Slight grainy sweet malt undertones. First sip yields a big bitter hop wallop. What malt appeared in the nose is quickly overtaken by the avalanche of complex hops. Notes of bubble gum, tropical fruit, pine and bitter citrus emerge. There is a subtle oakiness that lingers in the mid taste, but it is barely noticeable. Each swallow brings a warming fruity alcohol burn. Best sipped at about 55 degrees. Finishes dry and bitter with more subtle oak. Nicely done.
BeerdedDave (265) - - JUL 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz can); amber color; citrusy hop aroma; lots of citrusy hop flavor on a fairly light malt base; this was the last of many beers around the campfire and all of my tasting notes are not quite legible
Chudwick (2005) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Expectation: it’s a DIPA from California with decent ratings; this ought to be good
Motivation: this is new to me and I could use a break from my killer sunburn on my back
Hardware: 12oz can (enjoy be 10/11/14) into Le Duvel
Nose: boat painting factory on the coast whilst surrounded by tropical fruit
sip: fairly mild experience considering the style and ABV. Slight malty backbone with stronger citrus peel and tropical fruit.
Taste: balanced but not pronounced. 94 IBUs, really?
Misc: smooth-ish with a slight booze kick
Conclusion: Hop crisis! your were expecting a hoppy beer but for reasons X, Y and Z, it’s not as hoppy as you expected because of the hop crisis.
Advocate_Ames (421) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear and grain yellow in color. The head retention dissipates and the off white foam laces my glass. The aroma is of mild oak and semi sweet grains. The hops have citrus, pine, and soapy like aromas. In tasting I noticed medium levels of sweetness and a mild bitterness that was masked by grains and booze. The finish starts with a fading sweetness, creeping booze with a soft dryness, malted grains, and leaves me with a pleasant bitterness that lingers. The bitterness lingers but it was not too overbearing. Overall the beverage is rather thin in body but very drinkable and flavorful. I’d have this drink again, its quite good.
RussianDragon (331) - - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can purchased at Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg VA. Pours a clear bright yellow with lasting white spongy foam head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is bright bitterness, with dank hops, pineapple, mango, oak and vanilla with caramel malts. Flavor is bitter hops, honey and oak sweetness, vanilla notes, and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied, active carbonation, pleasant bitter finish.
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at 21A on SF. Best before 10/11/14. Nose is chock full of orange and citrus and pine. A touch of wood in the nose. Wood really comes through in the flavor as a smooth creamy vanilla with a touch of tannins. Really well complimented with citrus hops. Just a touch of alcohol warming
Strife21 (118) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden yellow with thick white head. Smell is pine, resin, hops and citrus (orange and lemon). Taste is bitter with a ton of hops. Notes of pine, resin and citrus flow smoothly across the tongue. Finish is dry and bitter. Medium body, medium carbonation.