douglas88 (8147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Eric. Somehow Iíve never had this awesome beer. Pours a light orange with a thin white head. The aroma is full of hops; pine and floral notes abound. Like a botanical garden. The taste is really great; a smooth and crisp hop presence, mostly pine and some citrus, and it is well balanced by rich malt. As others have said this is a excellent IPA. Could be a great everyday selection, that is if we could get it out here.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass has a light caramel amber color and a beautiful thick fluffy white head that has great retention. like a fluffy cloud floating above the surface. aroma has bold sweet hops with a good dose of bitter resins, pine, citrus peel, and light sweet fruit. great balance in the nose of sweetness and hop character. the hops in the flavor hit right away with a battle of citrus sweet hops and piny resinous ones competing to take over. plenty of malt body to keep it grounded and finishing with bitterness and citrus. as it warmed sweet grapefruit and a touch of honey sweetness popped in. absolutely fantastic stuff, wish it was available on the east coast.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
gold large fluffy white head pine and grapefruit lots of sweet malt very dry finish
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice light amber pour with a big foamy head that leaves great laging. Lots of hops in the aroma, with pine, grapefruit, citrus peel and a hint of malt. Very similar flavor. Lots of hops balanced by a touch of malt with a huge pine-grapefruit finish. Truly a fantastic IPA!
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The "GRAND DADDY" of all IPAís!!! The model of what an IPA should be...citrus, hops and malt all coalesce to a fine point of perfection...finishes hoppy, dry and smooth...refreshing and wonderful!
highibus (780) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice light copper color. Nice frothy head with a little lacing. Aroma is of light spicy hops. very nice and right on for style. Flavor as light malt and spicy hops. Nice lingering hop finish.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a transparent reddish color with a huge white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma of sticky pine, resiny hops, citrus and malts. Flavor is hop bitterness, balanced out by the malts, citrus, and deliciousness. Excellent IPA, one of my favorites.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, thanks Bartzilla!) Pours hazy copper-orange with a lasting white head that leaves sticky lacing; a perfect five. The aroma is just great. First, I get a big blast of grapefruit, and a cotton candy-like sweetness, followed up by mandarin orange and ambrosia salad. Some pine and grass emerges as well. Wow, this is something else. The taste however, fallls flat. Thereís a little caramel taste in here, with just a weak hop finish. The complexity that the nose displayed is not exhibited at all in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. This beer is paradoxical, the aroma is probably the best Iíve ever smelled in an IPA, but the flavor is very run of the mill.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Rating #300! bomber, thanks to Sparky27. Amazing.... for sure, the best IPA Iíve ever had - it lives up to itís rating as the #1 IPA. pours a deep golden with a nice thick white head which holds well throughout as a nice lacing and slim top. piney hop aromas... solid full body over the palate, with a huge hop presence. sticky, chewy and creamy. slight malt undertone... huge bitter finish which sticks with you - literally. lots of citrus fruits from start to finish. the hops in this one will smack you.... a true delight.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK, the pivotal, highest of high, in terms of IPA beers. Pours medium gold from bomber forming large foamy head. Aroma of hopped up pine resines, citrus flowers with an apricot mash of peach and malted buds. Flavour was of a full flavoured beer, premium IPA style beer. Full on hopped pine resins with a slight grapefruit and rhine character. Wet forrest flowers with pepper endings demands to be heard too. The holy of holies? Damn near, this is truly the best beer to experience in terms of overall style and comfort. Bring me kegs! A remarkable beer to behold and experience!!!