Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Thanks to Robert at Stateline. Poured golden with white head, Aroma was was pne and citrus. Taste was pine citrus and nice malt balance. finished smooth. Overall an easy drinkable IPA.
kpresley77 (146) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of weeheavysd pours hazy amber/copper with thin quick diminishing white head. Aroma is pine and citrus hops. First taste is pine and citrus hops burn. Pretty strong hops flavor, not sure the IBUs are 55 seem more like 80+. Not enough malt backbone for me.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KSBF 08- Orange copper pour with a foam head. Floral hops and citrus. This was a citrus (Pine-grapefruit) hop brew with hop notes and a blended malt balance. Good lacing with some hop bitterness towards the end. Ok, not my favorite.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from tap an amber-orange with small off white head. Nose is leafy floral hops with some citrus and sweet malt. Flavor is malty with a little sweetness, floral hops, orange citrus, pine, and some grapefruit that is lighly bitter. Palate is malty full with some sweetness and a mild hoppy bitter plus quite a bit of astringent alcohol noticible. Overall some nice flavors and aroma. The alcohol in the finish took away some of the enjoyment, but still good.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle served in a stem glass. Orange amber body topped by a half inch of head. Sweet piney grapefruit nose. Lots of pine in the flavor, very resinous, tangerine, some grapefruit, and a nice caramel sweetness to back it up. Some lingering bitterness. The head doesn’t last very long but it somehow leaves a nice spiderweb of lace. This is a very nice IPA.
radagast83 (5493) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a yellow/orange color with a small head. Aroma is grassy, with notes of strong hops and citrus. Flavor is citrus with a nice hoppy piney bitterness to it.
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy orange with a very thin, soapy head. Strong, grassy hops pours from the bottle on opening and the glass on the pour. Super big hop bitterness punch. The Ratebeer profile says 55 IBUs but it tastes waaayyyy stronger which leads me to doubt that measurement. Strong, unbalanced hop flavor, fabulous for hop heads. A must try for IPA fans.
jimhilt (2457) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit that fades to bitter grapefruit at finish. No surprises here. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong offering. Very floral hop essence. Big strong, caramel malt body wtih a huge helping of big citrusy, piney, resiny hops that also had a sharp peppery component that was well balanced. Nice drink.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Tasted wedding night, one among many. My new favorite ipa. Great floral flavor, just the right amount of bitterness. No unpleasant weedy aftertaste. Needs another taste to pick apart.
Tasting it again to really analyze it, I still love it, it’s still my favorite IPA. Maybe I’m biased from living in San Diego. It’s a great IPA with a heavily floral and resiny hop flavor that mirrors the aroma. I also recognize a nice roasty flavor that I didn’t notice before. The finish leaves a bitter resiny pine taste. Very full, almost a bit syrupy mouth feel. This may have a different tinge since it’s been "aged." I may have lost some of the impact of the fresh hops.