JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark amber copper, one finger foamy head, leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. Initial aroma is a sweet shot of citrus but that soon gives way to a traditional hearty hop bitterness. Sensing some malty, syrupy notes but really this is just a solid, straightforward IPA. Hits the palate hard, which I love and the shot of bitterness lingers, which I also love. ABV is a bit low at 6%, but the flavor is full yet drinkable. It is indeed robust and hoppy, without being gratuitous about it. Well done Ballast Point.
leaparsons (9552) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden brown with an off-white foam. Aromas are floral and spicy with light oranges. Green pine with woody notes and hints of toffee. Well perfumed. Flavours are sweet, spiced oranges with caramel and toffee malts base. Green pine with grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Very good.
RichardGretton (4577) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Vibrant looking bronze beer with a light head. The aroma is yeasty and sulphur like, and the flavour is very well hopped. Overall a nice bitter and well hopped beer.
ZooKeeper (26) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber orange in colour with a large creamy off-white head. Light malt aroma with bread and molasses. Heavy on the hops with orange and grass coming through.
grimreaperguru (260) - santee, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber orange color with a thick foamy head.The aroma is of a floral and citrus hops.The flavor is a hopy citrus and toasty malt.The finnsh is bitter and a little dry.Overall a very good beer.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, GLBN IPA Challenge 2010. Golden orange color, PNW hops aroma & flavor, light citrusy hops presence, medium bitterness, well balanced, good
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, thanks to (I forget, sorry) for the trade.
Not a hop head I have to admit, but I can always appreciate a well crafted beer... even if it is an IPA.
This is, without doubt, as well brewed as can be expected from an IPA.
Great hopped nose with some pine and grapefruit citrus, followed through by floral tastes and a slightly bitter finish.
This is an easily enjoyed IPA for me because of the obviously high taste/aroma hops to bittering hops ratio. I hope that I can one day understand what you hop heads find so attractive about IPAs, etc...
LinusStick (3159) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A so so IPA. Aroma was average. A hint of citrusy hops but not very strong. Pour was a perfect deep dark gold with a huge pillowy white head that lasted for a long time. Taste was average also. Straw, thin hops with a solid malt backbone. Nice mouth drying bitterness in the aftertaste, though. Nice carbonation also. All in all a very average beer.
Leafs93 (2049) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Le Bec Fin. Poured a copper/amber color, nice head and lacing. Citrus aroma that also comes through with roasted malt. Taste is just like a good IPA shoud be, a little bitter with a nice clean finish. Would be a great beer for a day on the beach, sitting on a dock or even a Jimmy Buffett concert....this may be a product of the label. Nice beer I look forward to drinking again.
jfitzy78 (8) - Belgiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pineapply, citrusy hop. Nice. Appearance: Low head retention, very clear, dark gold color Flavor: Intensely bitter with a thinnish finish. Could use a little more malt to balance, but the hop character is fresh and prominent. Herbal, spicy, citrusy, piney...nice! Palate: Medium light body is a little thin for style, carbonation is adequate.