hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a hazy honey with a big fluffy off-white head, with a bunch of little floaters hanging out. big floral and citrus hops in the smell, with bubblegum turning to grapefruit turning into a big milkshakey malt smell. taste is big grapefruit and a lot of that same tasty malt from the nose. finishes with big but not harsh bitterness. fairly full bodied for an almost chewy mouthfeel. with a bit more alcohol and maybe a bit more hoppy bitterness, this would be a double ipa. very big beer and great for a regular american ipa. reminds me a lot of the summer yulesmith.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle via trade with JCB. Beautiful aroma of pine, citrus and the requisite sweet caramel and toffee to balance the hops. I could honestly smell this beer all day. Thereís also just the smallest hint of flowers as well. Pours hazy orange with a nice creamy white head. Good lacing. Knocks you over the head with some bracing hops initially, but the malt kicks in to balance a bit. Itís still quite hoppy, though. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Really fresh tasting. Rich and creamy on the palate with a nice dry, bitter kick on the finish. Tasty stuff!
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice warm orange color with a thick light orange head. Aroma is sweet citrus, straight up grapefruit really. Throw in some pine and a bit of a flowery smell and there you have it. Taste is rediculously good the first thing you are hit with is a blast of sweetness so sweet at first it took me by surprise. Not to worry though, a second later the bitter grapefruit and evergreen taste rush in to save the day and blalance this guy out well. Very smooth to swallow, this beer goes down quick. Mouthfeel is about spot on and perfect to make this beer nice and refreshing. Donít let me fool you though this is still pretty "high gravity" and you will notice once your done.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle. Amber, orange pour, long lasting white head. Great citrus and hops aroma. Flavor was a more intense hops and citrus. Truely a great IPA !!!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Bottle. Amber body with hanging sediment, nice off-white head, piney nose with a hint of malt sweetness. Nice caramel malts balanced with PNW hops, silky mouthfeel, bitter but balanced.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, lots of yeast left in the bottle. Pours a orange, light amber. Lots of head, 2 cm at a time, white to slightly off white, long lasting. Aroma is sweet and strong with citrus, hint of pine. Initial taste is mostly overwhelmed by the sweetness, turning citrusy, then very dry from all the hops. There might be other components in there, but honestly when you dump that much hop-action in there, forget it. Aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and drinkable. For the price Iíd prefer something else, but maybe worth another drink down the line.
lb4lb (2572) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Thanks so much to Fordest for the bottle and my 400th rating.
Amber pour with a huge white meringue like sticky and lasting head. Smell is sweet fruity hops at first, with some citrusy notes and then hops turn more earthy. Taste is a quite sharp hoppy bitterness and flavor. Some light sweetness, but I personally would like to see just a touch more to balance out the big hops. After pouring the end of the bomber, it clouds up and is a nice hazy amber, and the body seemed to thicken up a bit. The alcohol is well hidden, and although this isnít one of my top 2 or 3 favorite IPAs itís still quite good, strong in hop flavor, and one worth trying.
DialSquare (3270) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
frothy off white head. hops aroma. Grapefruit, spruce, citrus. Color is a dark golden orange. crisp very drinkable beer. More hops with a some malts for backbone. Great balance. Finish is a little dry with good lingering bitterness. Perfect finish. Great IPA.
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 IPAís 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 doesnít detract. Lots of bitterness with a long somewhat dry finish.