alexanderj (3414) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Rerate; quickest rerate ever for me. Liked it the same; a bit more balanced than I first thought. Glad to be moving back to SD. (12 oz bottle; didn’t realize they had made it to Virginia; in Krogers too. Poured a copper color with a small to medium khaki head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine, with a touch of sweet caramel. Perhaps the flavor was a bit too one dimensional, but that one dimension was damn good. Assertive hop taste and bitternes; mostly pine and grapefruit. Caramel and sweet malt backbone was off and on, never too pronounced. Lingering after taste with a touch of stickiness in the back of the mouth. Great for the style. )
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden/copper color with quickly thinning head. Barnyard citrus and pine are evident on the nose, as well as quiet sweetish roastiness. THe caramel twinge provides balance and drinkability to this hopped brew. A good example of restraint and balance, very quaffable. Nice brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep amber with a big dense two-finger head, much of which hangs around for the duration. Lacing is extremely nice. This is a fine looking IPA.
Smell is big floral and citrus hops up front with grapefruit, oranges and a hint of pine resins at the end. The hops are complimented nicely in the aroma with a sweet malt backbone.
The taste is a floral hop bitterness up front giving way to the sweet caramel malts in the middle before the pine hops come back for a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with high carbonation and just a tad sticky with pine hops lingering on the palate.
The pronounced malt presence makes for a very balance and dirinkable IPA. Not quite in the same class as the Sculpin, but I really enjoyed this one.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 0.66l) Clear amber with a medium, frothy and lacy head. Very aromatic, toffee-malty nose with pine, birch, and lavender. Dry, very bitter, pine-resiny, salty flavor with reasonable balancing maltiness, and a long, bitter finish. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Quite an enjoyable IPA, although the flavor is not quite as fresh as the aroma.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Mass Beverage Lawrence, KS. Pours a copper color with an off white head. Oranges, tangerines, and caramel aromas. Bitter pine and tangerine fruits overtaking the caramel malts. Tasty beer that I bet its even better fresh from the tap.
agl108 (908) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Poured cloudy orange with fluffy cream colored head. Sheets of lacing. Lots of fresh cut grapefruit and citrus dominate the flavor. Finishes bitter with sticky grapefruit resins on the tongue, but amazingly drinkable. Terrific offering and exemplary of the style.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Average appearance- bright copper color, middling head that leaves a deent layer. Aromas are big and citrus-y- big shot of grapefruit followed by some sticky earthy notes and smooth sweetness. Flavor follows the nose- big helping of sharp citrus flavors, tangy aggressive bitterness all over the place. Lots of depth and hop flavor for a single hop (centennial) IPA. Smooth toasted sweetbread makes a nice backbone that mostly gets drowned out by the hops. Even and smooth on the palate with normal amounts of carbonation. Great IPA.
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Chas E., Aarhus, DK.
Orange with white head. Aroma of orange and malt. Flavor is hop bitter with balanced sweetness andhints of pine and spices
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours slightly hazy orange with a strong light tan head. Nose has fresh west coast hop leaves, cookie dough malt, honey and pine needles. Rounded feel. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Lots of honey-like sweetness in the body, along with butterscotch, citrus, cookie malt and a lemon cookie sharpness. Finish is spicy and piney. A bit sweet for me, but solid.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reeled this in from the Canal’s beer stream in Marlton, NJ. Deep copper pour under a tawny medium brown head with thin ribbons of lacing. Classic Southern California big citrus and pine aroma with flavors that follow along with some added sweetness (peach or apricot). Solid hoppy bite in the dry finish and a silky mouthfeel. Another fine brew from San Diego.