hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 22 oz bottle acquired via trade from Hair. Thanks alot! This beer was split two ways. Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. The aroma of citrus blends perfectly with caramel malts creating a very clean fruity aroma. The taste is similar, very smooth, citrus, and sweet malts that are in perfect balance. Light to moderate bitterness in the taste and finish. Usually I like my IPAís to be a bit more aggressive but this beer was so incredibly well balanced that it did not make a difference.
pineypower (3091) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one before, but never bothered to rate it. Pours out a hazy copper color with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and slight pine/woodsy aroma. Taste is very well balanced with a nice creamy/fruity backbone that is a perfect compliment to the hops. The hops flavors were mainly citrus and had that nice bitter aftertaste. Very solid IPA from a world class brewery
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Re-rate
11 October 2007
Mostly the same impression as far as appearance and mouthfeel go, but this must have been a fresher bottle. Had a much more pronounced citrus nose and just an outstanding hop character in the flavor. Great IPA.
------ amber pour under a giant foamy off-white head. Citrusy hop aroma - reminds me of oranges more than the usual grapefruit. Mouthfeel is smooth with lively carbonation. Nice citrusy hop flavor with great bitter finish. Overall this was a fine IPA, but maybe I expected a bit more from Alesmith
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I mostly agree with the commercial description, though I must say that I got more piney than citrus on the aroma. There were tons of minor notes in there, giving it a very interesting complexity. Good head retention is also an unerstatement. Iíve still got a mound of off-white suds in the middle of my glass. Flavor is definitely sweet and resiny at the start and moderately bitter at the end. I didnít get any dark fruits; maybe the hint was too faint. In any event, a world-class IPA.
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This smells great, fruity and fresh (apricots almost). This is one great IPA. Lots of floral characteristics. I like this a lot, and would buy it all the time if we could get it here in Las Vegas. In fact, I think it is probably my favorite.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this is REALLY good. Wonderful, fragrant hoppy aromas waft from the minimal thin head. Very light, velvety carbonation.
Golden tawny color, slightly hazy.
Sweet, but balanced by an mellow hoppy bitterness.
Plenty of peach, pine and grapefruit in the finish.
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best IPA Iíve ever drunk. Full-bodied yet kind of light. Pleasant amber color. Definitely a peach-citrus taste to this beer but yet not too sweet. Bought this directly from AleSmith in 22-oz. bottles, though Iíve also seen this in Whole Foods here in San Diego too.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle: the sound made upon opening think and the little head formed by a vigorous pour makes me think that my bottle flat/under carbonated. pours a brilliant hazy honey color with very little head. aroma is stong of grapefruit and pine. maybe some lemon and orange with just a tinge of malt. the mouth feels is less carbonated that what i am used, but i like it. i do think that mine is some how under carbonated. flavor is amazing though. tons of grapfruit and pine with hints of caramel, peaches and a tiny bit of vanilla. very balacned and very drinkable. i hope my other bottles dont have the same carbonation problem.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of hops with hints of pine and citrus. Flavor is full of hops at initial sip. Notes of citrus, fruit, and pine hit the tongue and give it a nice lashing. Malts come in to balance out the deal with nice sweetness at the end. A medium bodied beer that is smooth and very enjoyable. By far one of the best IPAs around.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally! Took 2 seperate trips to southern California to find this elusive brew (not that I minded "having" to go back). Hazy orange/copper pour with a modest but sturdy off-white head and good lacing. Typically floral/fuity/piney hop aroma for a top tier west coast IPA with consistant flavors. A touch of brown sugar, peaches and plenty of malt sweetness in the flavors as well. Rich mouthfeel and a brisk bitter finish with hints of vanilla at the end. A great IPA from a region seemingly crowded with fantastic offerings.