TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 Clear pale gold. Creamy, buoyant bottle-conditioned bubbles. Herbal-accented candied pinecone hop aroma with a faint toasted malt and peach skin scent. Soft and feathery, but somewhat fuzzy. Beautiful blend of resinous hops and tongue-scraping pine numb the palate right from the start. Ubiquitously bright, soft, and thoroughly resinous. Mild lime zest zing adds to the brightness. Hop bitterness resounds at the center, merging effortlessly with perfectly-placed toasted biscuit sweetness to balance. Juicier hop elements regain steam toward the latter half, simultaneously softening and highlighting the bitterness. Hops continue to tout their brightness with candied lemon and fresh orange pulp notes drizzled with sweet pine sap that dances with a savory toasted husk flavor. Perfect level of leafy/herbal dryness in the finish, but the body remains equally gooey and drenched to the core with hops and a perpetual polished blend of soft citrus contrasted with pine. Sumptuous citrus & pine flavored hop burps follow. Pure hop potion, showing the finesse and restraint of the likes of Dreadnaught and Big Eye. Thanks, cquiroga.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big fresh hop nose, gold color, tall foamy head. Cream malt base that surrenders quickly to tight hoppy bitter end that puckers the sides of the mouth briefly like a grapefruit. This is a solid west coast IPA. Really enjoyed this.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liars Club. Cotton candy nose - sweet malt, floral & pine. Flavor is sweet malt, lemon, pine, ginger. A very strange connection in my mind is telling me that something here reminds me of a dish my great aunt used to make for passover.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obtained in a trade with DarkElf. My bottle/batch must have been much more heavily hopped than the most recent ratings. Aroma is straight cascades. The flavor is a total grapefruit assault on the senses along with piney resiny hops, orange peel, a hint of vanilla, some bread-like qualities and sweet maltyness. Strong malt backbone. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste, which lingers for awhile. Alcohol content very well hidden, in fact, it’s barely noticeable. Very full, round and creamy smooth on the palate with lively carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, excellent head retention. Even though this is nothing original, everything just comes together beautifully in this west coast IPA.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium golden with a frothy, white, lasting head with tight bubbles. Doughy nose. Soft palate. Malts: dough, earth, bread and light yeast. Rich chocolate and powdery caramel. Steamlined, mellowish hops.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Thin head, light cloudy orange. Very weak aroma. Taste is mainly sweet malty, at least the alcohol is well masked. Caramel sweet finish. Not really the hop monster I was expecting.
ReRate: Nice big piney hops in the aroma, citrus too with some breadiness. Enjoyed the bitter finish, but it was just a touch off, couldn’t exactly place it. Pretty good stuff though.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium orange, small layer of a head. Hoppy grape nose. Nice intense long lasting crisp hops taste with a dry finish.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is what it says it is, though well made in the genre and fairly well balanced in the hopheads domain. It first appears orange-amber and very clear. Its head is sticky and white. Interesting oily C-hops aroma well mellowed by a tea bag reminiscent herbal maltiness. Generous earthiness and more of this tea goodness keep up on the tongue and come close to offering a match to the slick oily hops, tongue-slicingly bitter, flowery and grapefruity. Thin and refreshing mouthfeel, surprisingly light carbonation feels somehow too much with the oiliness of the hops used.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Briens with the San Diego brew crew. Light orange, OK head. Big West Coast hop nose, mostly grapefruit. Flavor was also grapefruit, faint pine and floral from the hops. Hops were all that was on display here, as it ultimately came off as a hair on the thin side.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 The Lure:
Melodious flowers and citrus fruit nonchalantly flying over a dense conifer forest, displaying with pride their filet of honey like a message of good fortune. What better way to restore your liveliness.
Perfect equilibrium from the above-mentioned flight even unveiling some candied rhubarb. Oranges and honey snugly cooperate ad vitam eternam, in an extremely drinkable vehicle. Coniferous bitterness recalls the most beautiful Laurentian forests.
Snipping away at an exotic flower garden, taking deep breaths of authenticity, rejuvenated by the apparent simplicity of this beauty.