ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Solana Beach, which was good because I missed the brewery’s open hours. Aroma is a nice floral, hoppy combo, but the fun ended there. Flavor was grainy, bready and more like a plain A than an IPA. Too English for me, and underwhelming.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from doubleo, thanks Kyle! Clear pale golden with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head, down to a thick creamy head before long. Aroma of skunky herbal hops, grapefruit rinds, and a tinge of pine. The faint malt backbone is biscuity. The flavor is skunky and piny with very little malts to be found. Bitterness peaks at a 5 in the dry finish. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Maybe it was the 16 Grit that I just had, but this one seems a little overrated to me.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Clear medium-dark orange hue, minimal white head, minimal lacing
S- Huge nose of pine hops and resin, grass and floral tones, slight citrus
T- Very hop-forward, pungent pine resin dominates the palate (like chewing pine needles.... in a good way), opens up to some sweetness but finishes dry
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the mouth, moderate carbonation
D- Super piney IPA, hops overwhelm the malts-in-hiding but the balance is there, can sense the underlying alcohol presence but its not overwhelming, unique and complex IPA definitely worth checking out (if you can find it)
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear gold with an orangy hue. A half inch head of white sank quickly to reveal some modest lacework and a partial skim coat on the surface.
Peaches, apricots, mangos, and grapefruit lead off the nose. Floral, fruity, and very tropical in nature. A crisp malt note follows through, with more ripe fruit.
On the light side of medium bodied. Crisp, snappy, and drying mouthfeel.
A blast of tropical fruit, hop resin, and grapefruit start off the palate. A broad, firm bitterness quickly steps forward, followed by a smidge of malt and light warming alcohol.
Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, loads of ripe peaches, apricots, and mangos, and a peppery-type warmth on the throat.
What a great IPA! Another killer hop beauty from Alpine. Tasting super fresh, hoppy, and dry. Incredibly drinkable.
Big ups to WeeheavySD for hooking me up!
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright copper with a decent egg shell colored head. Nice floral hop and caramel malt in the nose and flavor. Dry and bitter finish.
StefanSD (1932) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2009 Ultra fresh growler pour at BA Numbskull line tasting. Copper-gold color with a medium white head. The aroma was big and bold with fresh green hops, lots of chlorophyll, and fresh cut grass. The flavor had a good citrusy hop profile, cotton candy and thyme. The finish was short and clean. The mouthfeel was silky and malty. Overall: An exceptional IPA. Rerate on 10-09-2009. Original comments still valid, bottle is as good as the tap (at least when its fresh).
DuffMan (5821) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Local in San Diego. Clear golden colour, moderate thick white head. Enticing aromas of juniper berry and grassy hops with a sweet edge. Crisp clean malts with a low sweetness and a subtle spiciness, resinous green grassy hop bite with a touch of citrus, finish is lingering and bitter.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pale golden beer. Aroma is fairly citrusy, fruity and tropical. Light orange peel, tangering, and a light pale malt sweetness as well. Light bitterness with just a bit of light bit of maltiness. A touch of honeyish character as well. It’s fairly light, but it’s got a good balance of light hops and malts. A pretty solid IPA.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Naven. This is like a SD lite ipa. Spicy hop presence with a biscuit background. A nice, complex, very drinkable ipa.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2008.Great hop balance and flavors. Loads of hops. Good citrus, lemon peel flavors. Chewy and bitter in the palate. Excellent IPA