entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge chewy hops, full bodied for the style with a dense orange color that is dark in the middle of the glass. Malt presence to balance everythiing out is substantial as well. Much preferred to their IIPA.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very balanced ipa that coats your mouth in sweet hoppy nectar for a chewy after taste that last a while......a little oily.....
Kevin (2070) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazed orange body with a frickin huge white head. Sweet malty aroma at first that had me grasping to describe butterscotch or is it toffee or is it moon pies, yeah its banana moon pies, cool I donít know if Iíve ever had banana moon pies in a aroma before, Iíll have to search through my ratings, but this is definitely banana moon pie aroma. I donít know the hops used but they show up in the nose too, sugary grass and other goodies. Strong malt sweetness that surprises me then I taste the hops. Which are grassy and slick. I expected this to be over the top smack you in the face hop juice, but it is an easy drinking balanced beer that is easy to enjoy. A bit more malt flavor than I expected from an IPA from the west coast but not bad at all. There is something subverting this and it is a tannic unsweet iced tea flavor in the finish. The sweet graham cracker and marshmallow flavor is nice but I donít like the hop profile much. Grassy peanut hop flavor that is not quite my cup o tea. A touch of pine is there also but it doesnít please me that much. A nice pleasant beer nonetheless.
Ap-4 ar- 8 tas-6 pal-3 ov-13
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from my wonderful daughter who carried it on the plane from California. Not much aroma, great appearance. Looks and tastes like a great IPA. Hops are prounced, but not too bitter...balanced well by malt. Overall flavor is complex...fairly high alcohol but very drinkable.
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
nice beer! has a pleasing taste to the palate with the right amount of alcohol, making it is go-to beer for most occasions. flavor is just strong enough.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured a golden color with a great frothy off-white head. Aroma of pine with a hint of vanilla. Nice hoppy flavors of citrus and pine but not too hoppy. A very well balanced IPA. Definitely a top 3 IPA I have tasted.
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 22oz Bottle. Crisp aroma, earthy with texture. Flavor is bright and full. Good IPA. Balanced and not overly hopped. Something I can see myself returning too.
Rerated 8/11/10: up from 4 to 4.3. This is just delicious and consistently great IPA.
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Gold color with little head. Strong aroma of citrusy hops. This oddly switches to a more earthy and floral hop in the flavor, more reminiscent of EK Goldings. Bone dry finish with just enough malt to balance out the hops, yet not overshadow them. Damn fine.
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great ipa. It has the perfect balance of bitter, herbal hops and light fruit aromas an flavors. Some orange and grapefruit in the aroma.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely pine resin color with a very thin, healthy, off-white head. Initial nose is very sappy and smells of burned cedar. The texture is surprisingly smooth and sweet, and it doesnít contain the trademark pucker of other IPAís. Sweet, dried apricots are followed by luscious grapefruit before being finished off by a fresh sage resin. Very pleasing IPA, overall.