JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear orangish yellow pour, with an off white head. Resinous piney hops, grassy green tea notes, grapefruit, sweet caramel, light tropical fruit, and somewhat dank. Also, fairly strong alcohol, the high abv is not hidden. Just an IIPA with a bit of a twist, but not a great IIPA.
popery (1203) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Pours a nice amber that starts sorta cloudy but very fine sediment quickly settles out. Small off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, mango, kiwi, pine resin, honeysuckle, caramel and a very floral green tea note. I wish the green tea was stronger because Iím mostly getting a standard pine resin tinged with tropical fruits and backed up by caramel IPA smell. Taste has more tea presence, but itís mostly felt as a tannic note in the finish. Otherwise, the flavor is mildly dry with a big pine resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, except for those tannic edges. Itís a decent DIPA, but I wish that they had tried to push the boundaries a bit more. The green tea flavor is mild compared to the big hop presence.
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy amber gold with a creamy/foamy near white head. Aroma is spicy herb over light caramel. Med+ body. Flavor is actually suggestive of tea, and not that black fermented stuff, but it is more spicy and floral/citrus. With a slight pause a herbal tea sort of flavor kicks in. Thereís a lot going on - itís like a revolving flavor palate. In the end I think itís identifiably tea as the major flavor component. How strange this is.
Ratman197 (8465) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a cloudy golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of green tea, lemon, bread and light straw. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of green tea, biscuit, lemon and light straw with a crisp dry modereatly bitter finish.
TimE (2778) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initial hit of green tea, but then beer fades into a regular IIPA, though not all that great of an IIPA. Decent herbal and citrusy notes, but overall a bit cloying and not so well balanced. A bit too sweet for my liking too. Not bad, but hardly outstanding, but at least it is for a good cause.
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely hazy amber with more than a rosy glow to it. A crested and webby, white head. The nose has the beautiful hallmarks of a Stone IPA; piney, concentrated hop character, relentless and appetising. In the mouth there is that extra element. A fragrant, fruity and floral tea flavour penetrates deeply into, and highlights, the sweetness of the malt. Meanwhile the dryness of the hop and tannic tea bitterness bounce off of one another creating quite a unique experience. The is definitely a pungent tropical fruit character which could, be the hops, could be the tea or could be the combination of the two and their wonderful characters. I would buy this again even though itís 9.2%, which makes it a little dangerous.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a thick white head. Other than a hint of green tea, the hoppy citrus aroma is similar to a Stone IPA. Very bitter and boozy upfront before the pine, herbal and tea flavors really kick in. Iím also detecting a little bit of peach. Enjoyable and worth a try.
Nikiel (829) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a hazy orange with white foam. Smells citrusy and lightly bitter with a hint of green tea. Tastes quite bitter with citrus notes and ends mildly with lemon and green tea.
RSRIZZO (1836) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 45į. Color is a hazy gold with very good carbonation and a rocky head. Aroma of fresh hops and a touch of tea. Medium body that gives a smooth fizzy mouth feel. Flavor is a rich sweet taste, hops, citrus and green tea with a bold bitterness on the end. In the after taste the tea stands out with a vodka like taste. Overall its not a bad IPA, the teaís a little different and the only down fall is the vodka taste on the end.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle courtesy of tim for sending this to me as a bonus...... pours a somewhat medium hazy apricot orange brown and topped with a skimpy quickly dissipating soapy white head.... aroma of tangerine and citrus upfront as well as some strong phenolic earthy tones to go right along beside it. a bit on the sweet side as far as the scent goes... flavors are earthy, quite bitter, with some added orange citrusy hop notes. alcohol and extreme bitterness through the middle and finish which as a whole, makes it seem quite abrasive. medium to full bodied. becomes quite medicinal as i work my way through the glass. tough to drink, pretty astringent all around. donít think i would opt for this one again.