chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours warm copper with a foamy white head. Head does not persist very long. Nose is quite citrus-hoppy with a touch of cotton candy. Mouthfeel is a soft and rich medium body with a dry slightly tannic finish. Pink grapefruit persists on the tongue for a long and gradual finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong bitter aroma. A cloudy amber color and a creamy white head. A light bitter flavor.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a medium off-white head on a cloudy, deep amber body. Nice lacing pattern and the head cracks. Mild hop aroma with lots of malt. Hoppy bitter with a nice citrus and malt aftertaste.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Cafe Trieste. Pours a rusty orange with no head. Smells hoppy and a little citrusy. Tastes the same. Not a complex hop flavor, but tasty. It doesnít have the depth of flavor or the pine/citrus flavors of IPAs like Stone.
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - DEC 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
finally something decent from anderson valley. bright orange w/ beige head. grassy aroma of grapefruit. sweet and hoppy, nicely balanced.
thenewfbi (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. Nice hoppy bite with a good floral aroma. One of my very favorite beers. Great any time of year. Highly recommended.
OldMrCrow (2243) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle.
Pours a clear lihgt orange with an ample sudsy head. The aroma is all bitter hops, fairly one-dimensional, albeit a pleasent single dimension. The flavor is similar. Not complex, but fairly good and certainly easy enough to drink.
I think there are better West Coast IPAs out there, but this one isnít bad when options are limited.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, at the East End Brewery, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
I like Oakes rate on this one ĎAll dressed up with nowhere to go..., itís good technically, but has absolutely no style.í Says it all really by for my part it was a deep orange colour, masses of bitter hop aroma, tones of bitternessÖ.heaps of everything. Donít get me wrong, I love this style of beer but in this instance, it just didnít hang together and was so bitter, it was like drinking razorblades.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the GingerMan in NYC. Hazy amber color with a small off white head.
Nice citrus hop aroma with very little malt presence. Flavor is again citrus hops, but the malt flavor comes out more than the aroma would lead you to believe. A well balanced, very drinkable IPA.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured orange-amber, hazy and bubbly, with a small off-white head. Aroma of resiny hops and plenty of rich malt, hints of cedar and butter. Taste is pretty balanced, I still get a lot of butter lightly roasted malt, but the hops kick in an stay the whole, long finish: bitter, resiny-grapefruity. Surprisingly full-bodied and creamy for a strong-hop west coast IPA - overall itís a little too bitter for me, but well made if not too complex - I like the cedar notes particularly.