nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazu orange color from the bottle with loads of carbonation and an obnoxious off-white head of creamy foam. Smells mildly of hops which build in the flavor along with notes of citrus and salt. Awfully bitter on the finish, but highly drinkable in the AleSmith tradition.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark orange, close to transparent, with a thick frothy head.
Very pungent aroma, a nice balance of piney hops, sweet orange juice, and grass.
Full well balanced hop flavor, citrus (orange and lemon), piny, grassy, with a soft bitterness in the finish.
Palate is full, crisp, and smooth. A very well crafted IPA.
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear golden cobber with a nice big white creamy head. Very nice aroma of fruity hops, caramel and honey. The flavour is fruity to begin with, then the hops strikes and together with the great creamy palate it fills op your mouth - claims your tastebuds - and gives a fantastic aftertaste. A very very nice and refreshing beer.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. <b>[thank you after4ever]</b>
Pours a pretty golden with a slight orange teint to it. A stunning creamy off-white head. Nice duration and fine lacing. Aroma is wonderful, lots of oranges, pine, ginger, honey, strawberries, light doughy malts, grapefruit. Lots of hoppiness in general. Impressive creamy mouthfeel - especially considering how the beer looks so light. Flavour is impeccably crisp, good biscuity maltiness, light viniousness and a great balance of bitterness and hops flavours. Strawberries, pine, grapefruit. LIghtly burning in a long, lingering, bitter finish. Wonderful IPA.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle split into two glasses. Deep orange color with a rocky off white head. Great citrus aroma. mostly orange and grapefruit. Hop bitterness matches the aroma. There is also a perfume like hop taste. Slightly sweet malt backbone with some honey. Nice west coast IPA. Not totally what I was expecting. Not a hop bomb like most IPA tend to be these days.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Poured a hazy orange gold in color with a thick sticky beige head that left great lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, sweet caramel malt. Aroma is absolutely awesome. Flavors of piney and citrus hops, grapefruit, light tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt backbone that is very well balanced. I can easily see how this is the #1 IPA. Really incredible.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely hop aroma. Exactly how I would imagine an IPA to smell like. Hops of citrus, pine, and floral notes balanced beautifully with yeast and malts. Other notes include vanilla and also caramel (anyone else get that??). Appearance is perfect orange gold with a off white head that stays. Flavor is great, starts with the hops of citrus and pine flavors, then you get some malty and yeasty balancing. Mouthfeel is smooth and warm. Finishes dry and bitter. When drank with the head, gives it a nice creamy body. Yes, this is a freaking awesome beer. I will drink this all day and night and you should too.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. $8. August Dayton Beer Tasting event - Favorite Summer Brews - Bonus Beer.
Viscous orange pour with long lasting head. Strong pine aromas with citrus. Intense flavors meld together to create a seemless IPA. Such a solid brew - not for everyday drinking but a classic IPA.
mar (5170) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to mashmaster. dark gold amber pour with a thick cream head. smooth citrus hop scent along with floral notes in the background. wow, not overly hoppy and not bitter at all. I heard this was a good IPA but this is freakin awesome. easy on the palate and nice on the way down.
BelgianBeerGal (3705) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 75cl bottle at Alesmith dinner. Phenomenal IPA plain and simple. Not overly hopped where it covers evertyhing else. Amazing balance between citrus, piney bitterness and just enough malt. Best IPA I’ve tried so far and I’m not even a huge IPA fan.