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.
CamMoore (45) - Hawaii, USA - AUG 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@ Murphy's. Very nice hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Good tan head with small bubbles. Golden copper color. Excellent flavor with hints of citrus. Good mouth feel.
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drpimento (2494) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super tasty brew. Suds lasts all the way the bottom & loads lace. Enough malt to stand up to the hops. Drink the hell out of this.
drsordr (1588) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft to taster pour avg gold with thin white head. Nose pine, resin, catty. Taste similar to nose, big resin and slight soapy but pleasing. Light to moderate bitter finish. Very nice.
laiti (7517) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Coin-Op, San Diego. Aroma is sweetish with pineapple juice and tropical fruits. Flavour has aweetish malt, caramel, resin and mild menthol tones. Finishes with aggressive lingering hops and some gluey tones. Good.
olio (7832) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Coin-op, San Diego.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Floral hoppy aroma, pine, grapefruits, some caramel and grass. Flavor has grapefruits, pine, resin, caramel malt notes and lots of hops. Smooth and very tasty. Excellent.
lusikka (7369) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2015 Draught @ Coin-Op Game Room, San Diego, CA. Pours a golden colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of fresh citrus, mango jam and strong herbs. Flavour is very rich with juicy citrusy bitterness, herbs, mango and biscuit. Just enough sweetness to balance the taste. Long, mango, sweet, bitter finish. Brilliant balance.
Draught @ Alpine Beer Co Pub, Alpine, CA. Pours a beautiful hazy golden colour with a firm white head. Aroma of juicy fresh citrus, orange rind, floral notes and big mango sweetness. Flavour of rich juicy bitterness, mango, pineapple, orange rind, floral notes, herbs and mild biscuit. Full bodied. So juicy and drinkable. Awesome awesome.
PorterPounder (6283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
San Jose, Ca. - Good Karma restaurant - on tap. Slight haze to the medium orange pour, medium thick eggshell white head, light lace. Strong, resiny spruce-like aroma, very fresh. Solid citrus bittersweet goodness, some caramel sweetness, hints if spearmint. Fresh and juicy. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. First I have had from this brewer, will keep my eye out for them.
DrunkSanta410 (645) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at luckys in Cypress TX. Clear copper pour, white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, light pine. Taste is pine, light citrus, floral, faint caramel malt backbone. Awesome bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied. Well done.
chinchill (3116) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Engine 15 in JAX, Florida.
Very fruity with low bitterness for style and flavor, Moderate complexity.
Flavor slightly better than the aroma.
O. perhaos the best IP iíve had in months.
BVery (8049) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Busters. Hazy yellow - gold pour with a clingy white head. Damn, this is special stuff. Citrus, pine, and some caramel sweetness in perfect balance. So freaking good.