GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Short: A drinkable but specialty malt driven, tannic IPA
Origin: Tap at Encinitas Ale House Size: 4oz Glass: Mini flute Price: $2 Date: 1/18/14
Long: Red amber pour, great lace. Nose is mild citrus. Juicy up front in taste finishing harshly- tannic, overly bitter and biting. Dry, sharp palate, dry, papery.
Flaws: Tannic, harsh bitterness, sticky specialty malt unnecessary, and for some reason I read "Willow Wolves IPA" as a White IPA so was surprised to see a specialty malt amber ale.
Remedy: Drop specialty malt, less boil time with hops, check mash temperature and Ph to reduce tannin extraction. Consider making this a White IPA since the name fits.
mavericks0619 (38) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good balance and a smooth taste but it has way too much vegetal flavors. Some people will love this beer others will hate it
DSn0wMan (1) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Public House La Jolla. Bold Spicy citrus and pine aroma. Almost amber in color. The spice, and earthiness are right up front on this one. Pleasant malt that is subtly sweet, but not in the way. Good slightly bitter finish.
Leighton (9848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Biergarden - Encinitas, CA. Pours lightly hazy amber with a creamy topping. Very piney with lots of sticky grapefruit rind. Fairly sweet, heavy on the palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A bit too sticky and resinous in general, which holds it back. Still OK but lacks balance.
skmikeg (738) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery. Pours a medium orange with a small white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus peels, pine, dank hops, tropical fruits (melon), spicy hops, sweet malts, and some biscuit malts. Taste is similar to the aroma but more robust. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty tasty IPA.