clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is of fresh hops. Smells dry and it is. Nice flavor of citrus and strong malts in the background. Hops dominate here, and they are of the particularly sticky and resiny kind. Spicy and finishes dry, and the hops keep kicking long after the beer is gone. Great beer, and great IPA.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 bottle from bevmo in la jolla. I love IPAs, i love california beer, and maybe i was a little to pumped up for this one. pine, grapefruit, cirusy hop notes. will rerate.
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. aroma filled with fresh hops, grass and flowers. Cloudy amber colour with medium beige head. Bittler flavour, but not overwhelming allowing the malt to express itself. Also spicy and some fresh fruits. Very well balanced. Moderate carbonation.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to WeeheavySD for this bottle. So much bitterness and hoppy fruity goodness. I still donít think that this is my favorite IPA (I maintain that two-hearted and masala mama are still better), itís gotta be damn close.
evergreen0199 (2976) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought at BevMo on my last trip to California. Orange/amber in colour with a reasonable head. Citrus taste and of course hop presence (hops were not too overpowering though). Very bitter, alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Pretty good but I have had better American IPAís than this.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden pour with thick off-white head. Citrus hop head with a trace of malt. More citrus and well balanced malt in the taste, with a pretty bold bitter finish while still managing to be smooth. Wonderful mouthfeel on the palate, quite creamy. This is an excellent beer. On a given day it is as good as any other IPA.
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 22 oz.: Poured clear amber with a medium head that did not diminish. Smells of citrus and resinous hops but not excessive. Malty sweetness with citrusy grapefruit hops flavored bitterness with a dry finish. Iím torn on this one, because it was EXCELLENT, but I need to go back and try another Stone IPA, because I think this one is better, but I rated the Stone higher. Maybe need to re-rate the Stone. Overall impression.....tasty!
raphael (1154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this a couple months ago--top rated IPA on ratebeer--and anticipated drinking it. Aroma is strong--floral, fruity (including pineapple,) light malt. Bright yellow orange with 1/2 inch head that holds a bit. a little thin and ordering on flattish in the mouth. an odd flavor upfront, like smoked grapefruit, and a keening edge to the overall flavor, malt cant stand up to it. noticeable warming. dry harsh finish. did i get a bad bottle?
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber thanks to Douglas88. Pours orange with a nice creamy off white head. Aromas of biscuity malts and some pineapple, other citrus from the hops. Flavors very much the same, very hop forward with a nice malt backbone. Tasty stuff, I wish it was available here. Thanks again Douglas.
andersand (529) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This does actually deserve itís place as the top IPA in the world. It has the traditional American IPA profile done right, or, not just right, perfect! Extremely piney with a complex hop character, a good dose of caramell to back it up and a perfect, bitter finish. Drinkability is also just about right, fantastic.