ThisWangsChung (826) - 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 thatís relatively soapy, yet consistent and dense. Retention is quite solid, and so is the lacing left behind.
S: Oh yeah, thatís the stuff. This brings the hops in a fantastic manner - it doesnít bring any significant biting pine notes, rather itís mostly stuff like melon, mango, and grapefruit. The bready malts come through enough...and I do mean íenoughí. Which is to say itís quite faint, but not nonexistent.
T: Oh yeah, thatís 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, itís very reminiscent of fruit juice. People who say that an IPA canít/shouldnít 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 donít really notice the low carbonation or medium body too much - itís so dry (in all the right ways) that it still goes down with superb ease. Malt sweetness builds very slightly on the aftertaste, but itís not bothersome by any means.
O: Holy frig, this is like Sculpin on steroids. Ergo, itís 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.
nearbeer (4379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bb 20 Apr 2016. Big bright aroma jumps out of the bottle: evergreen resin, tangerine zest, pineapple and flowery honey. Taste is just as bold with the same mix plus some dried green herb thrown in for good measure. Near-medium body has medium carbonation and a dry-hop bias that provides a nice counter to the ample malt body.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent run of the mill IPA. Aroma was catty with pine and earth. Pour was a medium light gold with a one finger white head. Taste was decent. Very malt forward with burnt caramel dominating the flavor. The simcoe hops were big in the finish with that cattiness lingering alongside the malt. Nice carbonation.
tmoreau (3133) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and shaker served, displaying a slightly hazed, orangey gold color, with a healthy layer of soft white head foam that changed to rocky persistence, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was expressive grapefruit, some pit fruit, lightly dank, with a little resin & sweetness, and light breadiness to the malt. A bit better than medium bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma, including a pronounced earthy & rind-like bitterness that lingered long, and alcohol presence that wasnít necessarily warming, but pleasantly noticeable. Well put together IPA.
CletusVanDamme (3) - North Vancouve, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Our original single IPA made with Simcoe and Amarillo hops “in harmony.” 1.065 OG 45 IBU 7%ABV
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SpongeRuiner (1006) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Oak. A golden orange color. White lacing. Big tropical nose. Fantastic fruity flavor. Great hoppy flavor. Solid bitterness. Good stuff.
dagimp (859) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from a .5l bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with lots of frothy white head. no date on the Green Flash bottle. Pine and grass aroma. Mouthfeel is medium with slightly too much carb. Taste is pretty generic actually. nothing really popped out. Kinda bitter with muddled mix of pine, wood, skunk and resin. Eh, not great at all. and way overpriced.
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly misty clementine hue. Uninspiring first take from the aroma. Stale florals, hay, grapefruit pith, sweetened iced tea. A pinch of lemon, possibly yuzu. Aggressive, unwieldy, dated blend, with papery caramel sweetness and hamster cage earthy hops. The perfumed, pithy grapefruit, and dry caramel flavor leaves the same impression. Sticky, brusque texture, dirty cookie dough like malts, cardboard intimation. Perfumed, lemon verbena finish.
alobar (3208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours straw yellow with white foamy head. Aroma of pine, grass, passion fruit, and caramel. Extremely flavorful with passion fruit, pine, caramel, and some grass. Most excellent!
mambossa (170) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
After becoming well-acquainted with my new best buddy, Nelson, it was only proper to give this brew a chance. Pours a gently hazy orange-gold, clingy head with tiny bubbles. Nose of a familiar and fond prickly, resiny pine and syrupy ripe fruit (assumingly the Simcoe), underneath the higher notes of lemon rind and flowers (of course, Amarillo). Flavor is astounding. Iíve never tasted these hops so prominently and definitively, yet seamlessly married, as if these two hops could not stand alone without the other. A lot of ripe sticky fruit from the Simcoe, but that familiar near-candy like lemon from Amarillo (immediately recalling the classic Gumballhead). Among these two hemispheres, pine sap and bright flowery notes appear here and there, much like a blooming melody sung by this duet. Not to mention a forgiving, endearingly gentle linger. I know I seem like Iím reaaaally smoking Alpineís pole right now, but they are making IPAs the way they really ought to be made...and, quite frankly, making them much better than the most esteemed heads out there.
milewide (1816) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Top notch hop blend! Aroma, taste and bitterness. No alcohol taste. Light orange color with average head.