Twentys (41) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma instanly of a hoppy as hell IPA with a hint of earthiness. Does not disappoint. A little hazy, good foamy head, super-lacey.Very active in the mouth, sharply bitter, it weaves through the buds on your tongue. Ends abruptly of grapefruit, extremely quenching.
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured quite a dark brownish copper with a thick head that stuck around awhile. The smell is a solid mix between floral hops and caramel malts. Oh wow the taste is great--very smooth with the slight bitterness not being too apparent until the end, where there is a sweet but dry hop taste that remains--quite yummy. Very drinkable and perhaps one of the best IPAs I’ve had.
davidm (1773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from King&Godfree. Great IPA, hop-driven, but balanced. Aromas of caramel, grass, apricot, hint of butter. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is silky, with a medium body. Amber, with a frothy head.
ceck82 (25) - SPAIN - NOV 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma es muy lupolaDO, alcol esta equilibrado y la espuma magnifica, en boca es fresca y amargo CITRICO EL retrogusto, recuerda al pomelo, carbonico medio final amargo. una grandisima cerveza
TheBeerLover (1019) - 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.
Nate (3326) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a genuine surprise this beer turned out to be! The aroma was riddled with orange peel, grapefruit, and apricot nectar combined gracefully with the sweetness of buckwheat honey. I couldn't stop sniffing this stuff. Off-white huge foamy, persistent head that left lace all the way down. Reddish-amber color. Medium carb with heavy watery-thick body. Very palatable. Sweet up front - a bit cloying. Can taste some alcohol. Nice hops profile, big bitter finish and after and some sweetness. Not quite as good as Stone in taste. However, since I can get this more easily than Stone, this has become my favorite available IPA.
greedyboy13 (1) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep orange amber hue; light crisp head(lasting), aroma is malty with some hop(citrus) coming through, flavor is initially malty sweet and immideately becomes citrucy and bitter with a dry bitter finish that remains on the back of the tongue. though i havent tried the dreadnaught, i have to say this is the by far the best IPA i've had. it is dry, hoppy, bitter, and true to the IPA style.
palliko (12) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lovely looking beer: deep amber color and a large creamy head. The aroma is powerful: take your pick - spicy or floral or grapefruit. Hops galore!! Some malty undertones. There is an initial sweetness, then - LOOK OUT BELOW! More hops than any beer I have ever tasted followed by a bitter finish fit to raise the dead. But don't be frightened: the palate is excellent, the body medium, just the right amount of carbonation. Hop lovers will be in hop heaven!
Gmku (283) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ahhh yes. This is one of my IPA faves, ranking with Alpha King, Two Hearted, and Mad Hatter. Love this stuff.
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amonmg the best IPAs made in the Western USA.......second only to Stone IPA