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 (3135) - 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 (2028) - 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.
joeneugs (5269) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very clear gold with a white head. Aroma is a bit subdued of grapefruit and pine needles. The flavor is clean and hoppy with big time lemony grapefruit and pine. Very little to balance it out, but very tasty and a hop lovers delight.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Lagunitasfan!
Clear copper color, large foamy white head. Nose of pine and biscuit, light grapefruit. Very fresh flavor, lots of earthy pine and grapefruit backed by nice pale malt balance. A little sticky and salty, and next to Pliny, the weaknesses are exposed, but this is still a great IPA.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at the brewery, though I ’ve had it before and simply failed to rate it. Aroma and taste are balanced of piney, sweet hops, with a caramel undertone in the body. Really solid IPA. Doesn’t get the press of Sculpin or Dorado, but is a very good one.
MrBunn (2643) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Ballast Point. Orangish body with little head. Aromas are thick with tangerine and floral hops. Flavor has both of those blending with a sharp piney bitterness.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a tall off white head. Nose is pine, grapefruit, caramel, and light bread. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Flavor is a heavy caramel/toffee malt base, medium sweet with big notes of pine, grass, and grapefruit. Finishes with moderate bitterness.