ClarkVV (3893) - 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 (2603) - 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.
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Our 2005-Gobble-Gobble Beer! Thank god my Brother in Law and his girlfriend like wine more ;-) To say it with the Brewers words "Itís pretty awesome". Dark orange color with a nice silky layer of a head on top. Intense pine and grapefruit nose. Some yeast in the taste first and then going more sharp with pine and flowers in the taste.. Round though and very silky.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed clean yellow pour, topped with a sweet finger of foamy fine head. Aroma is a bashing of west coast hops, all mingled into glorious grapefruit, floral and pine. Hops delicious, but not overwhelming, well balanced somewhat surprisginly with a sweet clean sugar malt in the background. Finish is tart, hop dry and lingering of potpourri. A fantastic IPA! About to be paired with some spicy Indian food. Thanks to my westcoast connection!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to sick_boy282 for this IPA! Pours a bit darker than most of this style, a hazy dark gold with almost no head to speak of. Nose is hops and citrus, with some pine. Flavors of pink grapefruit and a touch of pine. Not a whole lot of bitter, which is fine by me. Finishes light and clean. VERY nice brew!
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
65 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Golden little unclear colour. Very extreme hoppy aroma with notes of flower. Wonderful balance hoppy IPA. Very tasteful and powerful.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Opening a big hit of citrusy grapefruit strikes your nostrils. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy white head. nose gets more piney hops, light sweetness, and less grapefruit and citrus then the bottle sniff. Flavors of big , piney, citrusy hops fill your mouth. Very nice bitterness in the finish, very refreshing.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This IPA reminded me a lot of Stoneís, which might be why I enjoyed it so much. The first and last tastes were hops. I noticed a hint of citrus and pine, though I was definately more intrigued by the intense hops flavor. This IPA was almost creamy in itís mouthfeel - it was silky, very good. Definately worthwhile.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Without question this is the best IPA I have ever had. Like a bitter Grapefruit rind perfect as far as the balance between the hops and sweetness. Elusive as far as finding this fine brew. Itís hard to get a hold of and if you find it grab it!!!!
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy golden orange color with a nice head. Nice citrus aroma with a hint of pine. Very, very tasty. Very strong hoppy flavor. Wow. One of the finest IPAs Iíve had. Excellent.