Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clearamber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine, a bit of earthiness and some faint citrus notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sweet carmel, earthiness and pine with a lingering moderatly bitter finish. A very drinkable and well balanced IPA!
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle poured a clear gold/amber with ahuge white frothy head that left fantastic lace. At the end of the glass, and I only poured half of the bottle intitially, there was still a 1/4" head left. Amazing for an IPA. Substantial citrusy and spicy aroma with a backgrond of some sweet caramel. Rich, smooth mouthfeel with medium bodythat leaves a rsinous coating. The carbonatin is surprisingly light given the huge head. The flavor starts off with a light maltysweetness, but is soon replaced by the bitterness of peppery spice and grapefruit. A long lightly bitter finish brings everything to a satisfying end. I was expecting this to be overrated, but it certainly lives up to itís well deserved reputation. A simlply wonderful beer.
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the Columbus gathering, brought by slify. Orange with a white head. THe aroma had that nice combo of piney hops and caramel malt. The flavor seemed to be the same way...pretty balanced all the way through. It seedmed at times like the sweetness was coming out more dominate than the bitterness. Overall a smooth blanced IPA.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to santa: Orange color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruits, citrusy hops, and pale malt. Flavor was some caramel and other lighter malts up front, with a nice lingering bitter finish. Exactly what an IPA should be.
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Columbus gathering beer#9. Brought by Sliffy. Strong hop aroma and a little bitterness. Sweet but still a great balance with hoppiness. Another great beer from alesmith.
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This amber ale poured with a massive off-white head and a lemony aroma. Thereís a nice balance of malt and hops, resulting in a smooth sweet taste with a more bitter finish. This is a very good IPA!
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 Bottle from liqourama. Beautiful amber color with a huge head. Nice floral aroma. Taste of hops and hops. Very smooth to going down. The bitterness is excellent. Alcohol was very subtle. I love hoppy beers, but canít seem to tell them aprt from one another. Maybe because Iím still new to this. Hopefully my palat will mature in due time.
Boutip (4863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. Iím not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber acquired via trade from Jason @ Knightly Spirits, no date. Aroma of big resiny pine and grapefruit hops, some caramel malt sweetness. Pours a hazy orange golden with a moderate frothy off white head. Taste follows aroma with some grassiness, lotta bitterness throughout--about midway through the caramel malts attempt to sweeten it up, but fail until the end with a biscuity finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation--though soft. Very good, though it seems that IIPAís and IPAís start tasting the same.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 On tap at Downtown Johnny Brownís in SD. Pours amber orange in color with a strong large ivory head. Hop aroma is piney and spicey, of ginger perhaps? Flavor is citrus, caramel and delightful sweetness. Yum. Update 5/19/9: On tap at the Local in SD. Pours deep dark gold to borderline amber with a thick white head that holds on but settles to a "hill and valley" sheen. Unfortunately, they served this in an iced glass. At arctic temperatures, the aroma still manages to generate a candy malt hoppy orange scent. Has a mango and pineapple sweetness as its first big flavor. The palate is thick and slick. The finish is remarkably dissipative. This does not seem to be as big a beer as it is. Very solid and close to perfect.