BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Cask @ 05’ Pizza Port Real Ale Fest: Orange-like color, light white creaminess in the head. Nose of bruit grapefruit and chinese gooseberry inspired hops, light toast. The flavor is promising. Strong sting of bitterness and moderate hops wash around. It’s good and strong in the hop department with almost enough to crash the waves of body against it. Almost there, if only the levy could have held then maybe the villagers on my palate wouldn’t have been washed away by the hops.
ReRate: Sampled at Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party
Full bouquet of the hop family, pronounced and sweet floral pollen. Balanced flavor, not over the top with bitterness but obviously in the dry-hop department. Nice mellow and refreshing finish. A very masculine nectar that’s quaffable and chuggable. 9-3-9-5-15
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SD real ale festival. Pours deep straw color with a creamy head. Big amarillo peachy mango in the nose. Lots of the same hops flavor with a good whack of diacetyl. No real maltiness. Med. bodied. Wet heavy bitterness. Nothing memorable
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body is a bright gold. The aroma was amazing. Fresh and flowery with some bread. The taste had dirt, flowers and grapefruit. This was very well balanced. Nice.
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange, with a decent white head. Smells like floral hops. Tastes like fresh hops. Look, I’m runnig out of way to say it - This is a really tasty, hoppy West Coast brew. It promises hops, it delivers hops - What more could you ask for?
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a storng dosage of hops added with a grapefruit and floral plant like smell. Reminded me a bit of some dryed out chronic. Had a rough big bubbled head on top with a murky gold hue that contains a lot of sediment. I would describe the flavor as being a organic and "pure" combination of hops used. No sign of the grapefruit or citrus in the flavor that was mentioned being in the aroma, but i did also want to add it a few more comments such as it having a tiny metallic and dry aftertaste. I give this a thumbs up for being a well put together IPA.
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle thanks to darkelf. nice balanced aroma: citrusy hops, bread, malt. very drinkable, and hell, at 8% you don’t need to drink that many. very smooth and mild for a big IPA like this, quite good.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had this one at the liars club in mission valley on draft. served with a amber hue and off white billowy head. nice cascade nose of citrus, fun spirited notes hits the nares with an inhale. dominated by hop punch on the palate more grapefruit bitterness punching through to the end. nice backbone of balanced malt and smooth. nice stuff.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stone and AleSmtih have a better distribution system in place in the SD area, but this is the beer that will put the SD micro community on the map once word gets out. Hopheads are going crazy in this town over this charming little brew. Mad hops, naturally, in the nose, the downtake, the aftertaste, the burping later. This one is all about the hops, and it is ballsy! Truth be told, the groundswell that Pure Hoppiness is gathering (and it’s even ridiculously hoppier cousin, Exponential Hoppiness), is challenging other local brewers to make a hoppier beer. To this date, even after PizzaPort has come out with a new double IPA every other week (Hop15, Hop Sack, Wipeout, etc.), none have yet to match this demonically hoppy brew. If you are passing through the SD area, be sure to pick up one of these, whether you are a hophead or not. If not a hophead, you will come away converted. If already a hophead, you will ask for directions to the brewery and then camp out at their doorstep.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Liar’s Club in San Diego / a wonderful IPA! hoppy, obviously, but also cremey. smooth, fresh, and delicious. west coast.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Clear golden with a moderately sized head. I could smell the skunky pines as soon as I cracked this one open! Nose is all about the piney hops. Pine sap, Grapefruit and watermelon? Reminds me of DFH 90 aroma in some ways minus the alcohol charge. Body is medium to full yet washes away quickly with a clean finish and lacking the brutal hop bitterness one finds in this type of brew. Hops are mostly aromatic. Very little bitterness here. Flavor is fruity hoppy with a malt underlining and a slight bittering finish. Overall one fine IPA!