EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong piney-citrusy character. The alcohol is blended well for a big IPA. This is one of those classic IPAs that you use to judge other IPA’s by. I would love to try it on-tap, only had the bomber.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge head, clear orange pour with nice lacing. Malt - cookie and a hint of caramel. Hops - grapefruit, citrus, maybe spruce. Alc is noticeable but doesn’t detract. Lots of bitterness with a long somewhat dry finish.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours orange and copper color with big white frothy head. Aroma of citrus fruits, lots of fresh orange and grapefruit hop aroma. Flavor is malty but overpowered by the hops, lots of citrus, pithy rind bitterness, clean and smooth with lots of tingly bitterness at the finish all over the tongue.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Thx Marsiblursi.
Amber colour, with big foam. Delicat aroma, very much finesse here: Wheat? Laid back hoparoma with oranges. Wonderful flavour in perfect balance, starting with excellent maltiness at first, then comes waves of tropical fruits, before a very nice, lingering bitterness sets in. Very soft mouthfeel with tad vanilla. IPA meets IIPA here.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 (Bottle, thanks WeeheavySD) Pours hazy amber with a big foamy white head. Hops up front in the aroma with tones of citrus, mostly grapefruit, pine and resin. Some subtle tropical mango tones. Nicely toasted malt is well integrated with sweet tones of white bread, light caramel and light cookie. Hints of creamy vanilla ice cream. Creamy, toasted malt and balanced, creping up on you style-ish hop bitterness in flavour. Grapefruit up front with fruits, citrus and hints of berries in the background. Tiny caramelly. Also some floral/pine and resin. Creamy, round and velvety mouthfeel with a minty touch. Light sweet and perfect medium to full bitterness. Light to medium body. Best IPA in the world? Probably!
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured into tulip. pours a cloudy orange with full frothy white head. citruss, strong hoppy aroma. almost a milky smooth palate. smooth, sweet citruss orange front, with a great mouthfeel to it. bitterness peeks at the perfect time in the middle, but goes into a nice smooth finish. complexity at how it approaches the palate and finishes off. good.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Liquorama for still delivering this to Maryland for me. Lord only knows when I’d have had the chance to try it otherwise.
A very light, dry IPA that finishes very clean. Bitterness at the end is very rounded & complementary. Floral hoppy aroma from the start hints at the complex flavor of this excellent beer.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alesmith must know my tastebuds because everything I have tasted has been excellent! Perfect smell floral hops and guess what it also taste perfect with appropiate amount of bitterness. Great beer.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer made me sad. Sad that even though I live in California, I don’t have access to it in Northern California. I had to make a SoCal trip to get it. If I had access to it, I would have this stocked at my house 24/7. This is a beer that is just simply stunning from start to finnish. Aroma is perfectly balanced with big bready sweet malts, and juicy citrusy hops. Smelling this beer just made my mouth water. This beer was just insanely tasty. Once the beer hit my tastebuds it was over. I’m used to solid WC IPA’s but this was clearly a breed apart. It’s citrusy hop blast is counterbalanced with the malts in a way that is something to appreciate. You start getting all kinds of different flavors...passion fruit, grapefruit, tart apples, papayas. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml Bottle from Bevmo. This is rating #100. Pours a a deep rich, slightly cloudy, copper color with a big off-white sudsy head. Plenty of lacing and long retention in the head. Aroma is very strong and is dominated by grapefruit, lemons, sugar cane and hops. Flavor was a bit subtle and subdued compared to many IPA’s that I’ve sampled. The taste experience starts with dry hazelnuts and walnuts in the forefront, oranges, pine and grapefruit fill in the edges, and biter hops and clean malts bring up the rear. Mouthfeel was robust, full and creamy, carbonation was ample and prickly. The finish was long with biter hops and sweet malts. Overall: every sip left me wanting another bigger sip, needless to say this beer went down fast. This is one truly great IPA.