patrick767 (3992) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - This beer seems pretty typical for the style. Thereís the hoppy aroma, the light malt flavor and in this case perhaps a touch too thin on the palate, and the strong, bitter hops finish that hangs around for awhile. Itís alright.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolute perfection. This is one of my top five "desert island" beers.
Sadly, we are unable to get this beer in MN any more...but it is definitely worth a trip to WS to stock up!!
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hoppy aroma, same for the flavors. A classical IPA. It pours orangish, with a medium head. The finish is that of a typical IPA, it is medium bodied. Hints of flowers and citrus are also present but thed hoppy bitterness is dominant
thegreenrooster (3977) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is strong pine hops that smell fresh as can be. Flavor is wonderful. Stong hop bite with a nice bitterness to it. Also some fruityness and pepper show up on the swallow. A very good IPA and a very easy on the wallet for such a outstanding brew.
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this from Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, during a recent visit to Southern California. No freshness date on the label, but otherwise some good information about the beer. The beer poured clear peach in color, with a two finger thick head retained very well. The Smell was piney, and grapefruity, with a little peppery bite. The aroma was not quite as fat I was thinking it was going to be. The taste was quintessential West Coast IPA., with an abundance of pine resin and grapefruit, and more than a smattering of caramel malt. Very juicy and tart taste, and a quenching yet dry mouthfeel made this a very quaffable beer. The alcohol at 7% was a bit high for a single IPA, but it only showed up in moderate number of fumy intervals. Before I knew it, the whole bomber was a goner.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RFD DC. Light amber coloured with a decent white head. Hoppy. piney aroma. Very hoppy taste but with some balancing malts. Full bodied and excellent.
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan. 24, 2006; 12 oz. bottle
This is one *fine* IPA. As attractive, well-balanced & satisfying ("chewy," almost) as they come. A sturdy malt component gives the hops meaning. This is definitely a winner; and Iím looking forward to sampling some of this breweryís other offerings.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
American India Pale Ale, aka AIPA is a substyle of pale ale, and is quite different from traditional, or British India Pale Ale, or BIPA. Some argue that AIPA got its start in the Pacific North West and Northern California, Washington state to be exact. Way back in the early 80ís Bert Grant opened a brewpub in Yakima, WA. Yakima is hop growing county, the PNW is lush with hop fields. So, the story goes Grant made a lavish, hoppy pale ale, and revived the term IPA here in the states. Other West Coast brewers followed suit, and a new substyle was born, AIPA. What is AIPA? Its an aggressively hopped pale ale, about 7% abv, and with a range of say 60-100 IBUís. IBU means International Bitterness Unit, it measures the bitterness in a beer, the higher the number, the more bitter a beer is. But AIPA isnít all about hop bitterness, its about hop flavors, and aromas. Many brewers use a technique called dry hopping. This step is to give a beer intense hop aromatics. Some brewers put additions of "dry" hops in the hop strainer, some condition the beer on hops, others even put a little mesh bag of hops in the keg.
So, AIPA is a beer that showcases HOPS. Some are one dimensional, hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness, can be overwhelming, but in most instances, that is what the brewer is intending to do. These beers are not for the timid, they are intense. The hop varieties used in AIPA are most often grown in the PNW and are varieties such as Cascades, Chinooks, Columbus, and Centennials. This hop varieties produce those signature, piney, citric, resiny hop flavors and aromas. It really makes sense for PNW and West Coast brewers in general to do this style, they are in Americaís hop growing country after all.
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin is a classic example of AIPA. This beer is what us beer gurus, and hop heads(someone who loves hoppy beers) call a Hop Monster. Hop Ottin pours to a deep golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic. HUGE aromas of piney, citric hops flood the nose. It smells as if you were walking through a pine forest after a rain storm. The hop aromas are very intense. The palate is a firm malt back bone of pale malts, just a touch of caramel malt flavor can be picked up, but this beer is designed to showcase hops, and hops just dominate, the malt is a supporting player in this beer. This beer EXPLODES into a HUGE, long, dry, resiny, piney, intense bitter hop finish. WOW, this is a big pucker of a beer to be sure. Really intense hop flavors, aromas, and bitterness define Hop Ottin. For hop heads, this beer is a star. This is a fantastic aperitif, and goes EXTREMELY well with intensely hot cuisine. Match this with Tai or Indian dishes. This beer goes perfect with extra hot Buffalo wings. The intense bitterness really holds up to the intense heat of Tabasco, or habenero peppers. Its a match made in heaven.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I used to like this beer a lot, but it has lost some of itís edge. Still a very good IPA, tastes is somewhat similar to a two hearted ale at first, but then it looses a lot of that grassy kick.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Flying Pie on Fairview: A cloudy copper ale with a fizzy off-white head. The aromas is a tangy hop variety. The taste is great and more filling: hops, grains and something else that I could identify that I really liked. It seems to be fairly "dry", but doesnít lose its smooth, creamy and easy finish. An enjoyable all around IPA.