TimE (4220) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another exceptional IPA from Alpine. Dry, hoppy with lots of tropical fruit notes. Moderate bitter finish. Not so different from their other IPAs, which are all very tasty.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A blast of hops. Aromas of tangerine and lemongrass. Flavors of tropical fruits. Overall AWESOME!
SpringsLicker (3263) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark yellow with a sticky, long lasting tall white head.
Grapefruit and pine hop aroma.
Very bitter flavor - hop juice that tastes like the aroma.
Needs more malt balance.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Smells amazing. Tons of grapefruit and sweet cotton candy in the aroma. There is peaches and nectarines in there as well.
Appearance:Golden in color with off-white head. Head could be thicker and have more retention though.
Taste:Amazing grapefruit flavor on the foretaste. This fades a little on the midtaste, and morphs into peaches and nectarines. There is a pleasantly sweet undertone the whole way through. The aftertaste showcases the hop bitterness, with less of the fruity flavors.
Palate:Light to medium thick body. Good carbonation. Mild hop astringency on the aftertaste.
Overall:This is an amazing IPA, full of great west coast hop aromas and flavors. It’s easy drinking, and quite delightful.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Stone World in Escondido and at small bar on 30th. Muscular IPA. Nice hoppy nose with a sweet underlying presence. Full bodied with a lovely bitter finish. Looks fantastic too with great lacing. Another top example of the WCIPA.
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces almost a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a murky, copper tinged, amber color that shows a fairly hazed (though I can see the lettering on the other side of my glass if I hold it up just right) pale amber tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank smelling; it is quite thick with hop aromatics that leans towards hemp oil, a slight garlic-chive note and cheesy pine needles that are all backed by a bright fruit notes of lychee and tangelo zest. The herbal character is definitely dominant, with the fruit playing a supporting role and nothing of the malt being noticeable at this point. If you really dig into the aroma the hops take on a woody and pepper like character; and the woody character really seems to be accentuated as the beer warms up. Really though this just reminds me of sticking my head into a bag of fresh “hemp” buds.
A touch of sweetness up front is accentuated more from the hop fruit character than sweet malt, but both play a part. The beer dries out as it rolls across my tongue and there is a herbaceous hop character that lingers with notes of pine, piquant hemp oil, very woody pepper and just a green hop quality. This is not aggressively bitter (especially considering how hoppy this beer is overall), though there is a fairly gripping bitterness to this beer that is accentuated a bit by a light carbonic bite from the low-medium level of carbonation here. Some touches of garlic chive and cheesy dank hops adds a definite edge to this IPA. The fruit character is perhaps a touch more subdued than it was in the nose, but does contribute flavors of lychee, tangelo, grapefruit zest and bright Curacao orange peel; the last three get accentuated in the finish as the beer lingers on the palate. Some soft, cracker like grain character comes out towards the finish of each sip as the beer warms up, but the malt definitely plays a secondary, supporting role here. This beer is pretty light and quaffable, especially for its strength and this is exactly what I like to see in an IPA.
I wonder if this still only has Simcoe and Amarillo hops in it, this tastes awfully dank and herbal for those two hops alone, or perhaps the crop they used was fairly different from what I am used to. Definitely a hop lovers IPA, my personal preference wishes that more of the bright fruit character from the Amarillo hops came through, but this certainly serves up a needed hop fix right quickly.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad IPA. Okay malt and hop balance with a bit of citrus peel and good finish.
jredmond (6503) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Draft at Toronado & then later at Stone - with Linh. Pours a clear golden body with thin white head and lacing. Aroma is delicious, fresh grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon and some vague other fruits. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with notes of delicious fresh fruits - grapefruit, citrus, lemon, orange, finishes with a very slight dry hop.
glennmastrange (2459) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of light bread and caramel, flowers, spruce and grapefruit/orange, light yeast note of cheese, and a background note of sour milk on the last pour. Head is creamy/frothy, white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is slightly hazy, but murky and with chunky particles on the last pour, amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and lightly astringent and dry finish. The flavor of this IPA is superb and the combination of the two hops bring out some excellent aromas. Just don’t pour the bottle all the way to the bottom as it’s pretty funky down there.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i think that i got this bottle from stefanj. poured light gold with a white head. aroma was pine, citrus, and resin. flavor was pretty much the same. body seemed a little watery.