ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly Hazy golden copper color. Light sticky hop smells. Big hoppy flavor, bitter that builds up quick from a smooth start. The bitter stains your mouth then finishes dry. Amazing big IPA.
_angst_ (2619) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Bomber received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Pours tiny hazy pale golden with a rather thing frothy offwhite head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is fruity, herbal and floral with cracker, grapefruit juice, pine needles, freshly cut grass, dried flowers, lemon balm, cape gooseberries and subtle hints of biscuits. Taste is slightly bitter, tiny fruity, tiny floral and herbal with crackers, grapefruit juice, pine needles, freshly cut grass, lemon balm, minerals, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple juice, unripe mango and subtle hints of chives. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry and medium bodied. Finish is bitter, tiny fruity and herbal with crackers, grapefruit juice, pine needles, freshly cut grass, lychee, orange zest, lemon zest and lemon balm. Simple yet close to perfect!
DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome ipa, tap, orange pour, white head, nose is super citrus, taste is lots and lots of bitter, awesome.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. Thereís a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation.
Bpasquini (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
AROMA: A perfect balance of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, slightly sweet malts, and a hint of bitterness
APPEARANCE: Pours more of a gold color but when resting in the glass it is gold with a slight orange hue, leaves a frothy head that takes awhile to vanish, leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well
TASTE: Up front you get a lovely greeting of pine sand grapefruit mixed, then it transitions to those lovely tropical fruits, and finishes with a perfectly balanced mix along with the perfect amount of bitterness. This beer is so well balanced and flavorful, it is absolutely outstanding!
PALATE: Superb mouthfeel, so light crisp and refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you begging for more! So drinkable as well!
OVERALL: This beer is phenomenal! Get your hands on it!
dansac (89) - Loa Angeles, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another endgame IPA from Alpine. Totally delicious, fresh, with some dankness, grapefruit notes, mostly dry, with medium carbonation. Astoundingly balanced, and just right for an IPA. Lucky to have tracked this one.
Kroney (150) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Enzoís BBQ in Oceanside. Holy shit this smells phenomenal...
Pours a murky dark orange with a small but dense white head. Aroma is ridiculous... Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, more orange and pineapple and just a hint of caramel malt. Taste is identical to aroma, with more caramel malt at the finish to balance it, but it is a bit too sweet at the end. Source lacing and a clean palate round out a brilliant IPA.
Smurglar (1) - - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of yhe best beers Iíve ever had. The floral goodness right of the bat with a great hippy finish
beechner224 (635) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in trade. Pours light orange, white head. Aroma is grassy and piney. hint of sweetness. Taste is light, pine, sweet, bitter, but finished clean and dry. One of the better IPAs iíve had in awhile.
Nico_Bruesome (7) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This IPA was one of the best tasting IPAs I have had. I had it on tap so it might be different in a bottle. You can taste the hops, but the taste is not overwhelming. Medium to large body, it drinks like a thicker beer than it actually is.