SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Thanks to thaichile for this one!
A-Body is a cloudy bright amber that pours with a large off-white head. Great retention at 1 finger. Plenty of lacing left in the glass. Cloudiness is moderately thick and uniform and tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Beautiful beer.
S- Plenty of citrus and spicy hop flavors dominate the nose. A slight malt presence can be noted in the background.
T-Citrus hop flavor is the highlight upfront with a soft toffee-like malt backbone. These flavors completely disappear for the finish where a big spicy hop flavor and a hint of roasted malt bitterness are showcased. Left to linger is some spicy hop flavor and a mild but long lasting residual bitterness. Lots going on. Very nice.
P- low to medium carbonation. Body is smooth and somewhat oily but seems to have that bottle-conditioned yeast presence to add to it.
O- This is a very nice west coast IPA. The bottle states a big floral hop presence but what I got from it was more of a spicy than floral presence (big plus for me). I’ll remember that I like this one for future trades and when I travel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-27-2008 21:08:34
bierslaaf (105) - Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Pours clear gold with small white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is mostly hops with caramel undertone. Well balanced malt & hops for an IPA. Medium body with lasting hoppy finish.
phaleslu (9307) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with fidelis83- thanks again, Jeremiah! Pours a clear amber with a constant stream of bubbles in the middle and a big, rocky off-white head that laces the glass. Aroma of hops, caramel malts, orange and grapefruit citrus, herbal notes, pine, and a bit of soap. Flavor of caramel malts, wet hops, citrus, pine resin, tea, and earthy notes. Light-bodied, with sharp carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Sweet finish but a bitter aftertaste. Pretty good IPA but my hopes were a bit higher.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, honey-gold with a strong, off-white head. Aroma holds some pine and citrus fruit. Some grass and blooming spring flowers. There is a quality in the nose such that I predict definite sweetness in the flavor. (It turns out I was right.) Flavor is certainly sweet, the variety of malts giving the beer a strong foundation upon which the hops do their work. Some more pine. This is a very smooth beer, somewhat warming, and of modest carbonation. Finish is bitter and decently long, with only hints of stickiness. Very nice.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22 oz. bottle). Pours orange color with big white, chunky head. Nice floral/citrus aroma and bubblegum(?) aroma. Medium malt sweetness with a lingering dry bitterness. It’s a bit thin but has a long bitter finish. It feels unbalanced. I had high hopes for this beer, but I was left disappointed. It’s quite average.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is deep gold. Misty white head. Aromas are of floral hops and caramel. Medium bodied maybe even full bodied. Very malty and chewy. Notes of citrus hops, floral hops, and lots of toffee. Bitterness balanced by malty sweetness that tastes like toffee. Balanced for sure as it is not too sweet or too bitter. Ballast Point has got some good brews.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden clear pour with medium white head. Aroma is huge with citrus, sweet malt, pine. Drinks hoppy and citrus leading into a solid pine bite and fading into a solid sweet malt. Finishes with a bitter bite.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big sugary malt aroma with a resiny, woody hop.
Quite bitter, not too sweet. Nice earthy flavours. Really mild. Nice lasting bitterness.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at a recent BA/RB tasting... Bottle poured orange with a thin, white head. Freshly hopped nose. Lots of hops in the initial flavor, but balanced nicely by the fruit and grain tones.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden brown beer with a nice frothy head. The aroma is sweet, and piney. The taste is very sweet-caramel, piney, and a slight bitter ending.