joet (2042) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a rich range color with a white head it looks good in the glass. the aroma is less impressive than the hop 15 I had before this -- viney and earthy. Good. Heavy dull body. Sweet.
FoolishMortal (986) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 22oz. bottle. Golden dark orange, some particulate haze, small white head. Candied citrus hop aromatics with a balancing fruity sweet malt component. Citric metallic hop character up front, emerging malty sweetness, some caramel. Piney, vegetal hop components then manifest. Slight medicinal bitter twinge in the finish, with grassy hops and a lingering sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat dry.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice copper pour with a medium head, aroma is sweet malty with a citrus hop thrust. Malt character is not complex but sweet and stands up well to the substantial pine/citrus hop kick. A well done DIPA, I like it.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Fresh bottle.
This is a frickin solid IIPA and by far my favorite beer from this brewery thus far.
Pours a beautiful golden amber with a nice foamy head. Wicked hoppy aroma, peach and pine and citrus, a touch of alcohol but nothing too strong, Gorgeous flavor: caramel malts ride out the long hop attack, providing the sweetness and richness to balance the big hop blast without ever getting sticky or cloyingly sweet. This is not an IIPA in the dry herbal mold, but of all the malt-balanced, piney IIPAs Iíve had, this one avoids the sticky-sweet trap better than any other Iíve ever sampled. Cold, I pick up the same metallic tones that are bugging after4ever in his rating, but as it warms these become harder to detect and the beer really comes into its own. Lovely, full mouthfeel. Great stuff.
This one was another delightful surprise. I have to admit that I almost decided to let it go; Iím glad I went ahead and picked up a bottle. Very nice.
8/28/08 At 8 months of age or so, the hops are fading and there’s a bit of oxidation -- but the malt backbone carries the beer quite nicely, and it’s still definitely enjoyable. Not a 4, but surely a 3.5 or 3.6.
after4ever (5859) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear deep rubied amber with a dense, sudsy tan head that stacks up over the top of the glass a good 1" if you push the pour. Big piney, slightly sweet-resiny nose. Medium body, gentle carb. Caramel malt underneath a steady wash of pine and resin and a lot of woodiness. Then thereís an unfortunate big blast of aluminum near the finish that dominates the aftertaste. This would have been a borderline seriously great beer but for that canny taste at the end.
19Ei8hty (1132) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight caramel and soft honey pieces highlight the sweet bready malt base. Dry and tart with some soft citrus notes. Somewhat floral and earthy with a bit of a grassy finish. The huge malt presence makes this an IPA with mass-appeal while still having enough complexity to make it interesting. Wonderful hop line-up. Rare to find an IPA this smooth and refreshing, showing that you do not need to be hit over the head with a sock full of hops (even though that is nice sometimes) , while still being a heavy-hitter. Well done.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to golubj for sharing this one. Deep golden amber, thin white head. Very bright fresh hoppy aroma. Rich spicy/grassy hoppiness that is loaded with tangerine citrus juiciness. Flavour is a bit berryish with a lightly honeyish malt flavour. Bright orange flavour with a bit of lingering resinousness. Fairly nice.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
sugar malt nose, Needs more hops in every adition, aroma, bitters, and flavor. Super malty, alc presence, warming, not a stand out impy ipa, donít feel bad about missing this one
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by golubj - hazy straw color, with a fizzy body - juicy, citrus pulp and rind aroma - thick body, a little oily - a nice balance of dry, grassy hops, and medium caramel malt - warming alcohol the never becomes overpowering - long-lingering, tangy hops - pretty nice.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel and real fruity almost candy like citrus hops. Flavor is malty and sweet candy fruity citrus hops.