IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful crystal clear deep gold color with a small white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smell is surprisingly malty, with a touch of caramel and toasted biscuit, I’m just not getting much hop smell, the taste is pleasantly bitter with hops but once again not much hop aromatics - a bit of orange or tangerine, but not much. The beer is smooth on the palate with a nice, refreshingly bitter finish that lasts a while. A nice eneough beer but not quite what I’d expect from a San Diego IPA - perhaps this bottle isn’t fresh? No dating apparent on the bottle, I seem to remember enjoying this more in the past so I will try again even though this sample let me down a bit.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Overlord.
Pours a golden, slightly bronze with a small head and some light carbonation.
Aroma is very hoppy. Sort of smells like a barleywine too. Has some dark fruit elements to it as well.
A mixture of citrusy hops, dark fruit, and malts on the taste make for a blend that initially is pleasant but seems somehow off at the finish. About halfway through this, I’m beginning to dislike the aftertaste of the hops. Its bitter which I usually love but in this case, it has an unpleasantness to it. Overall, an average IPA. Certainly not one of the elites. Glad I got to give this California local a try though.
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at the brewpub - Pours copper with a one finger white head and a good citrus hop aroma. The crisp, bitter flavor has ample citrus hops but at the same time is very well balanced. The lingering bitterness of these same high quality hops caps off this great IPA.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Santa for the bomber! Poured a brilliant lighter orange with a very nice initial cap of beige head. The aroma picked up plenty of juicy grapefruit and lesser caramel with overtones of pine tar.. well-presented! The flavor found grapefruit, pears, and oranges with a bright, and rather unbalanced bitterness surrounding and lasting well through the finish (mostly pine with interlaced citrus).. grasses and pine join in the sweet, grainy finish. Medium-bodied with decent flow across the palate. Solid stuff.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Distinct,but not strong pine hop aromas,what do come through really tickle the nose, caramel malts nudge a few moecules throughpretty much what you should expect from a good IPA,taste is mainly the pine of hops ,a little oily and perhaps a touch past their peak, balancing caramel backing tastey bitter finish,your basic top shelf San Diego IPA. Thanks Overlord
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours a thin white head and gold color. Aroma is citrus hops [centennial and columbus], some pine, medium malt. Taste is bitter pine hops-some citrus, earthy, medium malt, alcohol.
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber copperish color. citrus hop smell. medium but substantial texture. good balance, with spice, hoppy bitterness and caramel malt - long finish. I like this one on the slightly bitter end of my IPA range.
steview (1016) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
another IPA, not an alesmith, but still good; an IPA that is mostly dry, pine flavor and aftertaste that is also a bit chewy... lemon, caramel, floral notes; decent.
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ok, some sticking to the side, not a lot of head. Has lots of flavor, with maybe a little to much burnt taste. Gave me heartburn quickly following my first drink.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber body with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head, lasting, nice lace. The nose is lightly sweet with caramel, grapefruit and floral hops. The flavor is moderately sweet with lots of chewy caramel, some ice tea, tangerine and orange rind. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation.