fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a syrupy golden hue. When I hold this up to the light it looks like malt extract syrup in my glass with lots of hop particles in it. Has a little alcohol smell with some hops. Taste is very smooth with lots of citrus and lots of lots of thick resin flavors of hops. A very nice IPA.
unclemike (2747) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a trade with stefanje Encapsulates most of what I love in an American-style IPA. Huge cascade nose, with lychees and flowery subnotes. Slightly opaque coppery colour with tight rocky white head that when deflated leaves frothy lacing. Noticeable caramel malt sweetness and rose petal and orange flavours counter the piney fresh green hops and biting bitterness that is softened by the exquisitely gentle mouthfeel. A better example of what bottle-conditioning can do for a beer youíll be hard pressed to find. Seductively easy to drink.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I know that one day this beer and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and thereís going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band. And we will tour the countryside and you wonít be invited.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The cadillac of IPAs. This beer defines what "balance" is in a beer. A lush citrus hop balanced by smooth malty sweetness. The aroma is magnificent with a forest full of fruit to savor. The mouthfeel lends itself to a session despite the 7.25%. A pleasure to drink from beginning to end. Iím still waiting for regular distribution out here in the East. Damn.
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [Courtesy of wetherel]. Clear medium amber orange color with a large, frothy to creamy, good - excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, pine, citrus - grape. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. Very very nice ;o)) (180308)
stetzel (22) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
nice lacy white head.amazing aroma.flavor is text book san deigo style ipa,hops,hops,and when your screaming more hops.this is the apex of west coast ipa.thank you alesmith
JoeinDahlem (1408) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Shyam for sending this my way. To my US palate living on European soil, this tastes like America. Bomber pours bright amber with a tall, fluffy and lasting white head. Very pretty. Big, classic, citrus-floral hoppy nose. Flavor offers a light, juicy sweetness before blossoming into fresh-hoppy bitterness that gains strength and lasts and lasts. Iím left with a memory and wishes for more. My only complaint is a lack of sessionability. But this is a doozy.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, the highest rated IPA in the world. Iíve been craving this one for a long time. Nice frothy head with a slick lacing on the side of the glass. The character Alesmith hop aroma present. Many layers of complexity in regards to the hop presence. Qutie nice. However, the malt itself really took away from the experience. A bit cloying and pushed the beer out of balance for me. Quite a contrast here between the strong hop profile and the overly sweet malt backbone.
robinvboyer (3764) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow.........soooooooooooooooooooooooooo hoppy. just amazing, not very balanced, cause there isnt much malt, but dear god a hop addicts wet dream!!
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of dpjuart. Pours a hazy orange with a large white head. Smells citric and piney, with a strong burnt plastic aroma. Not bad taste though, very bitter with some caramel malt notes and a touch of yeasty fruitiness. Finishes very dry and grainy. Meh..