irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle decants a fairly bright amber with a well-formed white head that retains well and leaves good lace. pungent hop nose is predominantly citric, but some floaral piny-ness also manifests itself, as well as some caramel notes. beer starts with a burst of sweetness, that carries a wave of hop flavor. strong bitterness dries it out a bit in the finish. big IPA - skirting the DIPA mark by not much. heavy malt body eventually becomes a distraction, even with the hops. characteristic high-cohumulone hop burn in the finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10700) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz. bottle from realale420, shared with chadzter. Pours amber with a medium foamy off-white head, fizzy, lasting head, some lined lacing. Aroma is citrus hop, resin and pine notes, yeast (dough, grass), caramel malt, alcohol nose. Moderate acidity and bitterness, pine and citrus rind hops, meal and caramel malt with an alcohol finish. Medium bodied, smooth and fizzy palate.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Bottle. Marvelous IPA. All the hops, floral, and citrus notes you could ever want. Amazingly smooth and flavorful, with a great crisp grassiness. A classic style done the way it should be. Way better than Stone’s IPA.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber via trade with 46er3498! - Thanks Tom! Pours cloudy amber wtih a nice full creamy offwhite head that stays very well and laces the glass. Aromas of beautiful c-hops.. Nice pine and grapefruit blast mainly but there is some subtle caramel behind it too. Flavor is good and hoppy.. Grapefruit, apricots, pine.. But there are sweet caramel and toffee notes underneath that balance this one out quite well.. Good smooth creamy palate with adequate carbonation and a good soft mouthfeel due to the balance.. This is probably the most drinkable IPA I’ve had to date.. Delicious.. Used to be common around here but for some reason I had to trade for it.. I’d do it again in a minute though.. I really liked this one..
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle provided by Odeed, Thanks Jake! Nose was hops, hops, and more hops, along with a citrus hint; Golden color with a good off-white head. Flavor of hops and more hops without being overly bitter, and a little caramel. Almost as good as Hopsicle
Ratman197 (11100) - 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 it’s well deserved reputation. A simlply wonderful beer.
nolankowal (937) - 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 (859) - 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.