Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good off white frothy head. Good lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy spruce with hints of leaves and molasses. Just about the perfect carbonation that a beer could be. Very smooth with a slight oily texture. Has a great duration with an excellent aftertaste. This has great blending. A wonderful IPA. It makes me want to move to California so I can get more of it. The only negative to this beer is that I canít get it easily in Pennsylvania. Just awesome.
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a very slightly hazy medium golden with a well-retained white head... lovely intricate lacing the whole way down. Heaps and buckets of Pac NW hoppage (pine and grapefruit) in the nose balanced by a substantial caramel malt presence. Full and seductive flavors similar to the nose... freshly-squeezed grapefruit, Spruce needles, smooth caramel, and mild warmth from the alcohol. Bitterness was average for the style, just the right level considering the other components in here. Moderate carbonation gave it a creamy feel across the middle. Crisp Cascade finish left a lasting impression. Phenominal brew!
alobar (2982) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bland bottle desing is not representative of what is inside. Thanks to Firemoose 415 for sharing. Pours a cloudy amber color with some sediment. Soapy off-white head that lingers. Hops and pine dominate the aroma. Taste is a well-balanced combination of hops, malts, and some pine with a slightly dry finish.
kramer (5303) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via fordest. Pours a dark copper with a small fizzy white head. A few small streams of carbonation rising from the depths. Nice aggressive citric hop aroma, some toasted and caramel malt below. Hops focused flavor for sure, citrusy grapefruity goodness. Plenty of malt in the background to balance this guy out. Not over-the-top in anything, just a very clean and crisp flavor without flaws. No indication on the flavor that this is over 7% ABV. Light to medium bodied with moderate and extremely fine-bubbled carbonation. A classic example of an IPA, packed with flavor without being in your face.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of fordest. Bottle. Aroma very pleasant waffe of citric and pine hops. Poured a nice lighter amber with a thick white head. Flavor was just a treat, a good punch of the hops and light fruit character really combine well. Palate was nice, medium bodied that kept you wanting more. Overall one of the tastiest IPAís Iíve had.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Enniskillenís tasting
Pours a nice, mellow amber with clinging lace. Aroma is a round ball of grapefruit. Flavor is a rush of pine and grapefruit. Palate is sticky and slippery. Damn good IPA; one of the best out there. I MUST HAVE MORE.
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 (2129) - 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.