after4ever (7358) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22, thanks to the kind hand of BitBucket. Towering moussy tan head over a hazy orange body. Gorgeous, but prepare to sit around for a while while the head settles to clingy, somewhat flotsamy foam. Big candied fruit nose--lots of sweet citrus knocking around, and some of them smell like they’ve dusted in powdered sugar for a while. There’s some caramel, maybe a hint of butterscotch in there to remind you that this beer does not consist entirely of boiled hops. Think of these malt notes as a hostage photo; they’re polaroids of the barley taken with the San Diego Union Tribune, brew day edition. ’Cause this beer’s all about the hops. Tangy citrus throughout the attack, mid-palate, and finish. Incredibly smooth and drinkable, and the 7.25% was a shocking number, at least a good point higher than I suspected. They say the local price on the bombers is reasonable. Other than the abv this beer screams sessionability in every way. Complex, satisfying, interesting, refreshing, not at all in danger of growing repetitive...and it’s not available here and it gets you too drunk. Ah, quandaries.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber body and a big rocky vanilla head, fruity fresh hop nose, well balanced, warming and syrupy and crispy, amazing ipa
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slight hazy amber with a huge frothy head and big lacing. Citrus with a large hop nose. Flavor is very well balanced between sweet malts and bitterness. You can taste the citrus presense with pine notes. Creamy to oily mouthfeel with a dry finish and a bitterness that lingers. Commercial description is all true. Excellent IPA!
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber beer, thin off-white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, with strong citrus, grapefruit and a mango/pineapple tropical fruitiness. Very fruity flavour with the sweet malts accenting the sweet fruity hops producing a juicy tropical character. Long sweet orange, mango and grapefruit flavour on the back with just a touch of resin. Nice brew.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
appearance. amber orange color, small white head.
Pine, orange peel, grapefruit in the aroma.
not overly bitter but with a good hop bite. Resiny pine goodness flavor.
This is the kind of thing I wish was readily available. Good stuff.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark malt sweetness carries a significant hop load- pine, citrus, peach all mingle in this well constructed IPA. Very nice- but not the best IPA.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now this is another nice IPA. Pours out a nice deep orange, yellow color with a nice beige head. Aroma is very hoppy with grassy, grapefruit notes throughout. Flavor is very nice, although i was hoping for a bit more hoppiness to it. Other than that, this was a great brew.
skoisirius (1892) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle thanks to Larry Pitonka, pours into a Trappist glass. Pours a golden orange color with massive sediment flakes and a slightly tanned head. Huge malty and citrus aroma with a massive hop presence. The flavor is just solid in every way. Almost seems like a IIPA flavor with the huge malt up front, moving into a very well balanced pine and citrus hop note that’s as smooth as silk gliding over the palate and down the throat. Ending on a vanillay hop note, this is one damn, DAMN good IPA. Thank Alesmith!!!!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet floral citrus hop flavors burst out of this beer. As soon as you crack the cap it just fills the air with its smell. Very well built IPA that really strikes a nice balance of flavor and bittering hops. Often I forgot I was drinking an IPA, this feels like an imperial ipa at times, but the floral character of the hops made sure the bitterness never felt overwhelming.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 bomber...poured a muddy dark orange-brown with a thick white head. i really liked the appearance of this one....aroma had a pretty strong citrus and hop profile, flowery as well....taste is really where this beer took off for me. very grapefruity, yet so smooth, and even a small hint of sweetness. there was very little bitterness to it at all. all in all, i like hopslam slightly better but this one holds up extremely well. i totally recommend this IPA.