bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a nice light amber color. Had a huge head which lasted throughout, and laced well. Typical IPA smell and taste grapefruit and hops. This one was good."
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very floral nose, like violets and lillies of the valley, some sweet caramel and vanilla accents. Hazy orange/copper color, with a slight white head.
Quite citrusy, piney flavor, a bit too dry for the marked bitterness of it, but as a study in C-hops, itís rocking.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on draft @ San Diego Brewing. Nice, foamy head with good retention. Exactly what you would expect here- a damn good, drinkable West Coast IPA.
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[on tap at Georges at the cove]
Clear, soft, reddish copper with clingy seafoam top. Diacetyl butterscoth and caramely aroma. Nice butterscotch-caramel flavour as well with lots of fruity esters: apple, pear, peach. Medium bitterness. Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather typical looking golden color, slightly hazy, with a small white head. The aroma burst out with citrusy hops and something I can only describe as intense sweet/sour apple. The flavor was more of the extreme citrus tone siwht a gentle sweetness that rounded out the aftertaste perfectly...this is one of the best tasting IPAs Iíve ever had! The feel was slightly soft, but still had a certain amount of crispness in the finish.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this in a 20 oz bottle. The smell is of grapefruit and pine hops. The color is a nice amber/red. The consistency is nice a thick for an ipa. The flavor is full and balanced. This would be a great session beer if it were available around here.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle from Hi Times. Pours orange, with a nice white head. West cost floral aroma of citrus and pine. Flavors of orange, caramel, and grapfruit from the hops, nicely offset by the malt. Very resiny in the mouth. Finish is dry and yeasty, and the acidity lingers on the throat. A very good IPA, but I like Bells Two Hearted a tad better. At least in the bottle
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coppery with a large frothy head. Smells of citrus, pine and summer flowers. Taste is orangey with nice pine undertones. Some nice dark chocolate and pepper notes creep in as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is tingly and thick. Finish is strong and lasting.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 2005 bomber consumed on 12/3/05 and 12/4/05. I also had a bottle of it about 4 months ago, but I didnt want to review that one as it was almost syrupy and quite resinous/pine sappy. Even the 4 months of aging in my refridgerator has helped mellow this one out. Donít get me wrong, itís well malted, but it was just too syrupy and sweet with too much acid when fresh. Pours a deep, golden-amber, kind of a canteloupe melon color, though quite brilliant with plenty of bottle conditioned bubbles creating a dense and creamy large off-white head that is retained at cover and laces lightly. Aroma has tons of grapefruit, pine resin and plenty of floral, green hop freshness. Light juicy fruits apparent as well. Hints of honey and caramel in the background create a well-balanced and highly aromatic aroma. Flavor begins with plenty of pine resin, oranges, toasted malt notes, and a sweet caramel-chocolate note. Kind of like the orange flavored chocolate I had for breakfast. Herbs and leafy green hops, with a high amount of bitterness. Spectacular mouthfeel, creamy through and through, with tight carbonation and a chewy substantiality to the body. Alcohol is not apparent. High amount of yeast drying on the very end (end of bottle) and a moderate amount of acidity lingers on the palate, but so does plenty of citric hop flavor and light melanoidins. While not significanly unique from many other West Coast IPAs, the mouthfeel is perfectly executed.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm....big fat hop nose that never quits - floral and piney. Orange color, foamy head. Sweet honey-ish malt based gets quickly overrun by a tight sharp hop bitter. Medium body, good balance. Aggressive for sure, but not uncontrolled.