marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - what a great beer. Big grapefruity hops on the nose and even more on tongue. Slightly piney and the perfect amber/copper color for an IPA. Highly recommended.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle (2005) poured a clear copper color with a nice white long lasting head. Aromas of citrus, sweet malt and alcohol. Taste is smooth with not much bitterness and a lot of alcohol in the finish. Overall a good DIPA, but a little rough.
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Out of a bottle Winter version. Aroma is very malty with complex hops some flowery citrus seedy and earthy notes. Pours an opaque orange amber, qith a large frothy head that lasts and good lacing. Flavor Heavy rich malts with a nice sourness followed by complex hops (grapefruit, citrus) earthy flowery vanilla. A nice big thick dry mouth feel. A delicious lingering flavor smooth feel coming down the throat.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This had a good head.aroma was a bit biting.Color a dark brown.It was a heavy-bodied beer.Very smooth,yet strong.Was rushed tasting it-will have to taste again.Very good ipa.Had on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was excellent. Not your super hopped up, nothing else flavor. It was well balanced, for IIPA, or so I felt. One individiual asked me if I could smell a little holiday cheer in this one, and in the middle of the heat wave we have had here, a nice refreshing smell of the christmas floral was very nice. Maybe it was my nose playing tricks on me, but I could smell the season. There was also the floral taste on this one followed by a warm alocohol feel. Excellent.
vyvvy (5373) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I went in to this expecting a lot & my expectations were exceeded. This was a present from a kind friend who vacationed in San Diego. Poured hazy dark orange / brown with an attractive beige head. Aroma has a TON of grapefruit hops with some pine aspects mixed in. There is also a healthy amount of sweet malt in the background. Full bodied beer with generous soft carbonation. Incredibly well balanced - thick rich caramel malt and piney citrus hops - almost a creamy feel to the taste. Finish get more piney and sharp, but the malt is still evident. One of the best beers Iíve had and easily the best balanced IIPA or IPA I think Iíve had. Excellent beer that I hope to have again.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#10. Brought by Nolankowal. This was one from last xmas so it was a little mellowed. It was still very good, though id like to try a fresh one sometime. Was a little sweeter than their IPA but was still very hoppy. Mellowed into almost a light barleywine.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Aroma: Nice semi-sweet caramel malt aroma followed by a lot of hops. Lots of citrus, resin, and floral notes. Also getting some pineapple, and a touch of chocolate. Appearance: vibrant orange in color and hazy. Head was off-white, large and creamy looking. Head lingered for a good long time, but dissipated into a ring around the edge of the glass. Nice laing. Flavor: Just like the aroma, the malt is the backbone of this beer. Nice toffee and caramel flavors tie in with rich malty sweetness. Hops come in strong with grapefruit, pine, and nice a nice floral flavor. Well balanced. Bitterness is good, but could be even a little stronger. Palate: Medium high bodied. Some alcohol warming experienced on the tongue. Some syrupy sweetness lingers after the finish. Overall: A good, well balanced IIPA. Although this is an 8.5% ABV beer, itís well disguised and it sneaks up on you.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boottle 2004 edition, thanx to Jannik for sharing this one. Cloudy deep orange colour with a small off white head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with a pineapple fruity hoppyness and a light pine note. Malty and caramel sweet flavor with some hoppy fruityness and a vague citric touch.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much a straight orange colour that poured with a small bit of foam on top that disappeared. Citrus hops with a serious bend to grapefruit in the aroma. The body is very nice with the perfect amount of carbonation and thickness. Strong malty body even though it doesnít offer up much of its own flavour. More of those citrus hops in the flavour, but not a whole ton. The hops are more piney in the taste. I quite enjoyed this beer.