MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Struise Farm during Urbain’s Post Zythos Struise Tasting.
Cheers to the American folks at the tasting for this. Nice dark blonde / gold colour with an orange tinged head. Lovely hops, spruce and grass. Very green. All held up well by a good malty base. Dry and bitter finish, Good beer but easily overshadowed by what we had before it.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ølbaren. Clear dark amber - white head. Resin, grassy, citric, grape, fruity, peppery, light malty. Nice - could be more interesting !!!
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Post Zythos Struise Tasting 08. Pretty big IPA, lovely malts, but just not quite as good as the 21st Amendment IPA I drank it next too. Bit more toffee and a bit emptier in the mouthfeel.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Hazy amber coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Somewhat malty with notes of pines, flowers, soap and feels quite sharp and a bit sour.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big thanks to brentk56 for sending this as an extra in a recent trade. This was one of those slow gushers that created a gigantic head when first poured. Big Eye empties into my glass a moderately hazy pale orange. Large random carbonation bubbles make their way to the surface. After I was able to pour a glass the head was meringue-like and left huge sticky patches as it eventually settled. The head alone makes for a good looking IPA.
The nose is unmistakeably full of centennial goodness. I always find centennials to bring a big nose of juicy ripe pears along with some tartness from green apples. Very reminiscent of orchard fruits. There’s plenty of malt in the background mostly in the form of toffee and caramel. Makes my mouth water after each whiff.
While Big Eye is certainly a good IPA it just doesn’t live up to the aroma. Those juicy ripe pears are in the aroma but caramel coated with a side of toffee. The flavors just seem a little rough around the edges and there’s a slight alcohol present that seems to cut right through everything else.
Moderate body with perky carbonation. The carbonation will kick start the tastebuds. Finishes smooth with a nice sweet hop kick.
A fairly easy drinking IPA. The bomber is no problem at all to finish on my own.
Another quality IPA from the Left Coast. I’m a fan of both Big Eye and Dorado from Ballast Point.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
gift from my wife from beer on the wall.
pour is a clear amber with a thin white head, good lacing.
smell of grapefruit hops, caramel, some grassiness, some malt.
taste has lots of hops, very bitter, some sweetness, ends dry and, yes, bitter.
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
light brown bright nice sticky head
Scent: strong hops
Taste:delicious hops juniper,grapefruit bit toffee
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Lots of grapefruit and orange in the aroma, with some strange malt aroma... it might be a little old.
Taste is hugely orange and sweet grapefruit. Slight orange rind and grapefruit bitterness, but not enough to really say "this is bitter".
Just a decent IPA. 737315
-- draft re-rate might be necessary--
Aroma is orange dankness, caramel malts.
Taste is initially fizzy as all get out and orange soapiness. Grainy. Very solid lingering bitterness 838416
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz random in my gf’s fridge. Pours coper with a half finger tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a nice resin finish. Taste is sweet, hoppy and a nice bitter finish. A bit too much bitternes for me. Its clearly a good local IPA, but it I’m not sure I’d order a pint of this, it might hit the problem zone for me and IPAs when I go out. That said its good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After falling in love with Ballast Point’s Dorado, I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long while now. The brew pours a mostly clear, very lightly hazy, medium orange-amber color. A large, rocky head of cream colored foam shows excellent retention and leaves thick, sticky cobwebs of lacing down the entire glass. The aroma shows big creamy caramel and buttery toffee malts, as well as bitter grapefruit hops, and grassy herbal hops. I also picked up a hint of ripe mango on the nose, which is a nod to the Dorado’s tropical style. The flavor is very rich and creamy for a single IPA, with caramel and toffee again showing big. The hop character takes a turn away from grassy and more towards orange and grapefruit, while some cereal grains creep their way into the background. The fuller than average body is smooth and very creamy, finishing long and bitter on the tongue. This is a really solid IPA that borders on being an IIPA, in my opinion. Ballast Point really gets it when it comes to hoppy beers.