GTAEgeek (1201) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle shared by Trey at Ale Alpharetta. Pours a clear, bubbly gold color, with a small, off-white, almost grayish, bubbly head. The aroma is bright citrus (tangerines or lemons, perhaps?), white grapes, and wheat. Light and approachable flavor. Very well balanced, with significant bitterness, and light malt sweetness, but neither is very assertive. Light body, crisp, clean, and lightly effervescent. Overall, this is an excellent, sessionable IPA! The aroma jumps out and gets your attention, but it is dangerously light, and almost effortless to drink.
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewpub in Alpine. Hazy golden beer with a small but lasting offwhite head. Fruity peach and grape aroma, grassy, pine apples, mango, oranges, citrus, caramel notes, some passion fruit. Fruity hop flavor, mango, pine, grassy, citrus, pine apples, peach, some passion fruit, notes of caramel. Full bodied and hugely drinkable with alcohol well hidden. Really good!
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle thanks to Chris for sharing. pours out a golden/copper topped with a white head. Nose is great lots of floral, citrus hops along with some sweetness. Taste is as the nose with a great hop mix and a nice balance of malts. This was another great Alpine beer.
Lothore (549) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a thick, frothy 2 finger head. A perfect example of the style.
S- Smells grapefruity, citrus, earthy notes with buttery diacteyl undertones.
T- Very buttery, possibly infected. Citrus and light fruits break through but can’t make up for the butter.
M- Medium carbonation, medium viscosity.
D- It was a great beer to look at but the buttery notes ruined it. I’d be willing to rerate to see if it was a bad bottle.
Homer321 (1870) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to lukasz. Nose is full of pine and dankiness. Kind of earthy nose too. Pours a fairly clear light yellow. Small white head. Taste is full of hop flavor that is almost tropical. Slightly piney flavors. Very smooth. A light crisp grainy malt profile. This is just way too drinkable. Now I like Amarillo again.
dfroms (234) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to GT2! Sampled 3/16. Pours a clear amber/gold, minimal lacing. Aroma is pleasant pine, tropical fruit, apricot nectar. Taste is balanced mango, grapefruit, pine, juicy pear, malt sweetness. Delicious, but I prefer Nelson.
CraftBeerLvr41 (82) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Golden copper and clear. Big off-white head good retention and lacing.
S: Earthiness, pine and caramel upfront. Vague grapefruit and citrus. Was expecting an explosion of aroma, but not quite.
T: Caramel malt upfront. Sturdy bitterness that follows throughout, some piney notes, light citrus and sweetness that fades into a dry finish.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice minor sweetness upfront but drys up at the end, love my IPA’s dry.
O: Overall nicely refreshing. Was looking for a more assertive hop flavor and aroma, but all in all an easy to drink and refreshing beer.
hopsythe (46) - - MAR 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle. Very clear yellow/orange with snow white head. Could keep nose in glass all day with aroma. Upfront is woodsy but quickly turns tropical. Left over is a mouthful of sweet citrus dryness that lasts forever.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle to glass! Aroma is of grapefruit. Pours a light orange with a light head. Taste is of grapefruit and is nice and smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
MANY thanks to TasterMike for this one! 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade that’s relatively soapy, yet consistent and dense. Retention is quite solid, and so is the lacing left behind.
S: Oh yeah, that’s the stuff. This brings the hops in a fantastic manner - it doesn’t bring any significant biting pine notes, rather it’s mostly stuff like melon, mango, and grapefruit. The bready malts come through enough...and I do mean ’enough’. Which is to say it’s quite faint, but not nonexistent.
T: Oh yeah, that’s the-- wait, I wrote that down already. Nevermind, this just works brilliantly. The first few sips have a decent malt backbone sandwiched by a fruity opening and a mildly bitter finish. Right after the swallow, it’s very reminiscent of fruit juice. People who say that an IPA can’t/shouldn’t be balanced need to try this - the hop flavor, the bitterness, and the malt backbone are in perfect harmony with one another. If this uses crystal malt - and I think I can taste hints of its toffee qualities buried in here - I may have to drop my petty grudge towards it, because this beer is fantastic.
M: I don’t really notice the low carbonation or medium body too much - it’s so dry (in all the right ways) that it still goes down with superb ease. Malt sweetness builds very slightly on the aftertaste, but it’s not bothersome by any means.
O: Holy frig, this is like Sculpin on steroids. Ergo, it’s now in my top 5 list for IPAs. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to move to San Diego just so I can consume this like water.