Ernest (7242) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), with notes of dried papaya, candy/sugar, gum, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not terribly "imperial" in either nose or mouth, but there are some pleasant candied fruit notes instead of just being a dumb hop bomb. Kinda watery and uneventful in the mouth, but again...thankfully not over the top. Overall a rather ineffective beer, but not bad.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of a goofy label but the beer itself is good. Sawdusty aroma is nice and strong. Sharp hop hit at the start with help from the carbonation. Pours a dark orange color. Hops stick at the back of the tongue. Barely noticeable alcohol hit.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle). Pours hazy copper color with 1 finger off-white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has pine, grapefruit, and papaya. Taste is sweet malt with hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture although the head adds a creamy element. The head still remains and the lacing is really more of a coating on the glass. I didn’t have much expectation considering their regular IPA (which is not an IPA), but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty good beer. Nice job.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad IPA, not a very complex one either. Pours a malty amber with hazy look. Nose is fruity yeast. Flavor is smooth but not very impressive.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice orange gold color. Good head and lacing. Nice foolal note. Clean hop attack and nice dry bitter finish. Yumm.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2011 The pour is a translucent, coppery-amber with a canvas-colored, moderately full, fluffy, dense head which settles to a thin froth and leaves scattered, drippy lace. The nose is filled with wisps of alcohol but pleasant with spicy resins, toasty notes, light peachy citrus, and some leaves. The flavor is warm, honey sweetness, toasty bread, very spicy, very resinous, more than moderate bitterness, still peachy. The palate is okay - lively, medium to full, a bit syrupy and dry. The beer finishes slightly peachy, still warming with peppery spice, some resins, and toasty. I tried this three months ago and it was definitely young and dry. It still is quite average but much nicer than I had originally thought.
after4ever (7475) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a hazy dark amber with bright toffee edges. Loose whitish head that hardly sticks around long enough to smear your lip. Nice peachy nose. Some pine under that. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and peach on the mid-palate. Mild sweet resin finish. Can’t seem to decide if it’s going to display a bouquet of sweet delights or find a balance with a bittered finish. Could probably stand to go one way or the other if it wants to aspire to greatness, but, as is, shows no real flaws.
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange. Nice aroma of grapefruits, citrus, and piney hops. Flavour is less appealing, with a syrupy body of cloyingly sweet caramel which has overtaken the hop profile. Not bad, though disappointing for the style.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a nice orange auburn color with a big fluffy white head. The nose is grassy with grapefruit and pine, a big malty caramel backdrop and a creamy clean mouthfeel. The flavor is tangy with some fruit and light bitterness. The finish and body is a bit bigger than should be so it hides some of the hops. Nice and balanced.
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot pour. Light head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, resin, light caramel. Flavor is lightly bitter, citrus, resin, unripe stone fruit.