bhensonb (11248) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber gifted by Marcus! Thanks!! Pours hazy dark gold with a slight white head. Aroma is heavily resin with some citrus/floral. Full bodied. Flavor is extremely hoppy. Fruit is strongly present, but resin/citrus/floral are contributing to a hop burn in the mouth. Interesting that the malt backbone is present, but hardly obtrusive. This ale is quite different in taste from the NW ones, but it’s right in there with hop. Finishes unharshly bitter as heck.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ The Rose Bowl, courtesy tossed by GT. Clear orange pour with a nice white head. Fruit forward aromas of peach, mango, and grapefruit. A bit of sweet caramel and light pine. Pretty good. Flavor is surprisingly bright. Lots of mango and peach. Fairly sweet, though. Big time caramel and tropical fruit. A moderate bitterness on the finish. Some grapefruit, pine, and orange. Still pretty solid, but probably would have been better 6 months ago.
hopscotch (9215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma is a medley of white pepper, citrus and tropical fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. Trends bitter, but is mostly well-balanced and bursting-at-the-seams with the flavor of citrus peels. Crisp, moderately bitter, rindy finish. Bottle courtesy of the ever-generous ctipping!
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Short: An unfresh, degenerate wale tick on my part that has surprisingly held up well
Origin: Trade Size: 651ml, 6oz sample Price: $15+ Date: 1/6/2014
Long: Great foam top on deeper orange pour. Great lacing. Nose is mild cheesy, kumquat, gamey overripe papaya and red mango. Taste is juicy, gamey tamarind, sweet and tart strawberry, somewhat juicy with spice and mango juice. Palate is soft, not too dusty, actually very easy to drink and given its quality at this age, I’ll dish out a 5 which isn’t too odd for an Alpine IPA. Thanks to oRos for hooking me up with this and keeping it fridged for so long.
Skill Level: IPA Master
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber courtesy of oRos. It pours with a clear gold body that supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up some clementime and tangelo citrus hop notes as well as a faint bit of mango. Behind the fruitiness are modest dank onion hoppiness mixing with faint sweet malts. The taste begins with a pleasing mix of citrusy hoppy flavor, citrus hop bitterness and some spicy dank hops. There is a modest sweet maltiness in there as well to provide a nice backbone. It slides right into the finish maintaining the same flavor profile. Real nice IPA.
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Neillago (thanks a lot man), pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Nose brings out loads of tropical fruits (mangos, peaches, pineapples), piney and resinous hops, and some grapefruit - extremely aromatic and inviting. Flavour is extremely potent, with loads of grapefruit, peaches and pineapple, truckloads of piney and resinous hops, and just enough caramel biscuity malt to back. Extremely pungent with the hops and tropical fruits, leaving a bitter grapefruity finish. With the seven hops and seven malts, you might think this would be a little muddled, but they manage to make it work. Very hop-forward, with a strong malt backbone and very grapefruit-heavy bitter finish. Not in the league of Pure Hoppiness or Exponential Hoppiness, but an excellent IIPA nonetheless.
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at City Beer 7th Anniversary party. Pours dark golden with a modest off-white head and a toffee and citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied mixed malt flavor with a hefty dose of hop bitterness. The seven malts provide a unique base that balances well with the robust hop profile. A very tasty brew that goes down easy.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A golden IPA with the hopping cranked up to 12 (because “cranked up to 11” doesn’t do it justice). A superior bitterness extravaganza.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh soon after the beer release, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Clear golden-orange body topped by a persistent small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: The in your face hoppy nose is freshly cut pine-tree, grapefruits, green pine needles, mangos. In mouth the body full but soft, velvety sensation with lots of tiny bubbles. There is a firm toasted biscuity malt backbone that I think I could appreciate by itself but this beer is a definitely a hop-bomb and after a few sips you can barely taste anything than the assertive hopping. Sharp and commanding take-no-prisoner bitterness of high intensity, very piney, dried fruit skin, pine needles, resinous undertones. There is as much aromatic hops in this bomb as there is bittering hops. Something sandy about the hops that leaves the mouth dry without saliva. Is it the abusive bitterness playing tricks on me or did I feel an alcohol bite in this 7% IPA?? A bit too aggressive to be a session beer but this is a great palate destroyer tailor made for hopheads bitterness lovers like me. One of best example of the more-is-better punch in the mouth American IPA. Those Americans sure are lucky to have so many great IPAs, but whenever I start feeling jealous of people living in the United States I simply remind myself of two simple words: "Country Music".
czar (4502) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle share at hill farmstead’s pre-3rd anniversary. pours hazy golden orange with a nice white head, some retention and lacing. juicy and dank hops, mango, passionfruit, hint of caramel and honeyed malts - bit too sweet but not cloying. average carbonation, medium body - sticky and juicy, short to medium long citrusy finish. very nice offering!
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours cloudy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, plus light fruit, and some pale, caramel, and cereal malts. Flavor the same with a nice hop profile. Average texture. A good double IPA.