Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice transparent orange to brown with a sticky white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, some floral notes, malt and grass. Flavors of grass, citrus, pine, malt, medium amount of bitterness with lots of grass and a touch of pine and grapefruit finish it off. Really nice big, but not too big IPA.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa Summer 2010. Dark golden-amber color with a moderate sized head. Decent lacing. Ahh, that west coast IPA aroma.... hefty pine hops, citrus, herbs, flowers, honeyish malts, and a couple squeezes of lemon. Yum, lots of juicy hop flavors here that follow the aroma. Citrus and grapefruit hops with pine following. Sharp bitterness. A light sweet caramel malty body underneath all the hoppy goodness. An herbal tea character compliments well. This has everything I look for in a top notch IPA. Impressive.
Pinball (11331) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear to cloudy yellow, smooth large but fluffy offwhite head.
nice hoppy aroma, floral, citrussy, spicy.
very dry flavor initially, then comes some floral and spicy hops, with a sweet malt base. pretty solid beer, but something with the hops that i don’t really like that much.
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Huge off white head. Very lively pour. Pine, grape, flowers and some spice in the aroma. Flavour of pine, grape, flowers, herbs and spice. Medium to full bodied. Very bitter end. Quite balanced and well made. Thx to Snojerk321.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of madsberg. Pours golden with a very lively and frothy white head. Amazing hop aroma - loads of citrus and peach. Solid body, very sweet malts and fruit and again an amazing array of exotic hop flavous - yet the bitterness is rather subdued. A very pleasant IPA. 090710
trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. This was the tastiest California IPA I’d had yet (beat the Yule Smith in my mind). Tons of bitter hops make this one really refreshing. Caramel malts take a backseat, which is exactly what I was looking for. Nice and piney.
50belair (2930) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Bottle It pours a golden butterscotch color. The nose is dominated by eucalyptus. The taste is a smooth blend of two hops with just enough malt to balance everything out. It introduces itself with a dash of hops (not the piney resin explosion I expected from a San Diego IPA) but a mellow kinda 70’s Coors rush. It finishes a bit skunky with a hint of bitterness..
Re-rate - On tap at the brewery. Grapefruit hops dominate.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/22oz - Poured a nice orange-amber in color with a thick creamy head which hung on to produce some really nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is medium hoppy with plenty of piney and citrus hops. Flavor is hoppy to begin, but some malt fills in the gaps later on. Citrus and pine hops pretty muc dominate the flavor. Medium bitter going down. An excellent IPA...
rcubed (35) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Eggshell white one finger soapy head, hazy golden orange color. Doesn’t stick around long but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma - Very sweet at first with tropical fruits - dried mango comes to mind - and grapefruit. Some floral and earthy pine notes then appear. Very complex nose that changes as the beer warms.
Taste - Very soft, mellow mouthfeel. Unlike most IPAs I’ve had, I don’t get much right away - just a bit of grapefruit fruitiness. You get a little sweetness, like a honey malt mid tongue that is over run by the hops at the back of the tongue that have more of the piney, earth bitterness. The malt does hang in there with more of a cracker, toast like dryness. Temperature really seems to have an effect on this beer. When colder, you get more of a grapefruit like bitterness in the finish but as it warms there’s more a piney, resin-like bitterness.
A highly drinkable beer that is complex on the nose and smooth on the tongue with a pleasant bitter finish. On its own, the taste doesn’t live up to the nose but it pairs very well with spicy foods. I’d prefer the citrus/fruity side of the beer so I’d recommend drinking this one as cold as possible or with food.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a clear gold with a finger or so of fizzy, semi-dense white head. Aroma is pine, pine, pine, with a touch of malt. Taste is nice.... very nice. Starts out clean (almost watery) then turns a lovely floral, peaking to a pine rush that is very clean. ABV is well hidden. This brew is SMOOTH. Alpine... why did I ignore you for so long?