ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with a creamy, off-white head, lasting cover, some lace. The aroma is freash citrus hops and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet, slightly bitter, with lots of caramel and grapefruit and a clean yeast profile. Medium body with a slightly chewy texture and a bitter finish. Well made, but too much caramel sweetness for my tastes.
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! After a long hiatus from my style of choice I come back to my roots and understand why I love IPAs! This beer was near perfect. Beautiful hazy orange pour with a 2 finger white head. Aroma of earthy hops and nothing else. Taste was all hops with a little malt background to just balance the citrusy hop bitterness. My eyes water when I think about this beer...not just because of how good it is but how bitter.
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brown and cloudy, with a ridiculously tall head. Pine resin is the first thing that comes to mind when smelling the aroma. That resin carries through into the taste. But, thatís not all bad. In fact, the heavy balance of malt to hops and the high ETOH points to an IIPA.
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[173-20061231] 1pt6floz. Strong lemony-citrusy aroma with hops and some sweet pineapple grapefruit. Slightly cloudy, orange light brown body with lots of medium-small bubbles on outer rim and a medium-lasting creamy white head. Flavour continues strong grapefruit citrus hops. Medium body, fairly complex. Hoppiness and blending is much appreciated but not a fan of grapefruit.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 22oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a medium orange-copper color, effervescent, boldly colored; fluffy, textured off-white head with great retention and lacing that stick; beautiful pour. Lots of pine in the aroma, to the degree of being beautifully pungent and dank; followed by plenty of citrus: grapefruit and oranges; just a gorgeously presented tart note from the grapefruit; quiet, sufficient malt character is barely of any consequence; this is all dense, varied hop character. Medium-to-full body: following the aroma, thereís a whole lot oí grapefruit, pine, and citrus here; not quite the tartness suggested by the aroma, but certainly present; the malt character appears as a basic bready and toasty malt sweetness at the core, with hints of honey and vanilla; non-astringent hop character, nicely dank and resiny - this is just a lovely IPA, and Iím glad to finally revisit a fresh bottle. Great, multifaceted hop character with that soft vanilla note at the core. Lengthy, dry finish: citrus, hints of grapefruit, nicely toasty and crisp ending.
22oz bottle, courtesy of Naven?? Itís been a while, and I put one of these aside in the hopes that it would carbonate more, to no avail. Pours a cloudy, dark pink-grapefruit appearance; minimal head formation. Huge, chewy aroma, showing oranges and grapefruit and maple syrup. Full, chewy mouthfeel: light carbonation; lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops; plenty of resiny chewiness; backed up by a prominent wet-malt and vanilla character; but itís really just an under-carbonated and chewy mess. Iíve had three bottles over the last couple months, and Iíve not really enjoyed any of them. Medium, sugary finish. Tasty, but this just seems thrown together. Maybe this is a poor batch? 188.8.131.52.14=3.6
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a translucent golden amber with a large foamy off white head that left a bunch of sticky lacing with great retention. Exactly what an IPA should look like! Aroma of orange, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, toasted malts and just an overall great hop/malt balanced aroma. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, caramel, nuts, vanilla and an excellent hop flavor and bitterness. Yet this still has enough caramel malt to balance it beautifully. In terms of yeast this beer drinks very clean with some fruity esters but no real off flavors.
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. golden/copper pour, carbonated with frothy white head. rich sweet malt and citrus hip aroma. crisp huge floral hops with equally big malt backing. caramel. big cirtrus bitter finish. this is a hop lovers beer.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 one of the better IPAs ive had. the aroma hits you like a ton of hop bricks, the pour leaves you a nice fluffy white head with aroma of pine and citrus. flavor was much more of the same...piney citrus/grapefruity hops with a nice full mouthfeel and a nice dry finish. yet another excellent alesmith brew
beerbill (3567) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle in a trade with awaisanen. Pours a mostly clear coppery gold with a large, fluffy, linen white head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit. Initially, there is some slightly sweet malt which is followed up with pine and grapefruit. Not excessively bitter, which I liked. Long, dry finish. Good stuff.
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Pours hazy deep orange/copper with a huge white head that hangs around the whole glass. Orange, citris, grapefruit and pine aroma and flavor dominate. But just enough malt sweetness to balance. Makes you want to go get an orange to go with this fine beer.
Re-rate: havenít had this in a few years and its as good if not better then I remember. Love when that happens! Bumping this up a couple of notches.