theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle purchased at Metcalf Discount Liquors on 91st Street in Overland Park, KS. Pour is orange ruby with a 2 inch off white head. Really thick pretty lacing. This beer was very pretty in my tulip glass. Aroma is piney hoppiness and some bright citrus hops. Oranges, kiwi, lemons, and a touch of grapefruit. No malt detected. Nice nose. Taste is earthy, mineral, piney hoppiness and a decent citrus blast. Really no malt to speak of, but this beer is about the hops. Palate is thin to medium. Drinkable and flavorful. Its nice to have a hop bomb like this locally available for when I am in the mood for this sort of thing.
bubbleflubber (1640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite a good IPA here. Pours a deep orange-amber into the glass, with a small cap that diminishes to a thin ring, leaving nice soapy lace. A large amount of citrus and pine comes through in the floral bouquet. The flavors, impeccably balanced, weave a blend of soft caramel malt, citrus and rind zest, some grapefruit and moderately peppering bitters. The finish lasts nicely, bringing back grapefruit and zest, closing with lingering pine resin. Everything about this brew is refreshing and clean. The mouthfeel is crisp and quaffable, with well-integrated carbonation levels. Very fine example of the style, and I’m so glad I picked up a case to enjoy for some time to come. Superb.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle on 7/19/2008
Aroma - Big blast of Northwest hops with all the citrus and pine, but underneath that assault lurks some inviting malt aromas of caramel, toffee, and fruit.
Appearance - Healthy white head over an orange/amber pour, moderate sticky lace.
Flavor - Good balance between a solid sweet malt base and a building grapefruit bitterness.
Palate - Medium body and carbonation, satisfying mouthfeel that is resinous, dry, with a lingering bitter finish.
Overall - A fine example of the the now ubiquitous West Coast IPA. If a brewery in CA, OR, or WA can’t make a respectable IPA by now, they need to shut their doors forever. Ballast Point nails this one pretty well.
UmmBeer1 (2) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large frothy head. Hophead heaven it is very floral with alot of zest. Explodes a bit on the palate but finishes smooth little sticky. Beautiful orange body somewhat caramel but I found it more yeasty at the finish little citrussy. Great IPA.
MarthaPromise (21) - Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Aroma of lots of grapefruit, some caramel, and piney undertones.Poured a good finger and a half head. Medium-dark oragnge body, with light lacing throuhout. Tasted lots of hops, with zesty fruity notes, as well as a bit of bread. Palate was medium with an oily texture. Overall, a very good IPA, one of the better ones I’ve had.
lordeche (478) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice amber-copper color with frothy head that dissipates quickly. Nose of grapefruit and other citrus, caramel and roasted malts, and slight floral notes. Flavor contains lots of nice lemon and grapefruit zest, slight herbal notes, and some sweet dark fruit and slight bready malts. Tons of great cascade bitterness, but hop complexity takes this one to another level. Medium bodied and a nice dry finish. Great Ipa.
zombywoof (440) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A first rate IPA- lots of grapefruit, orange and resiny pine. Strong aroma and vibrant zesty flavor. If you like oodles of Cascade hops then this is the beer for you.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden honey-like amber, with a solid stand of white head. Sweet floral aroma with plenty of sappy citrusy and piney hops. The flavor is also sweet and floral with a nicely balanced blend of mostly aromatic hops. Generally sweet, but with a mildly dry finish; very smooth. Medium, slightly syrupy body; moderate to moderately low carbonation. Super smooth and flavorful, medium strength IPA; a standout in a crowded field.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear medium to dark orange color with a large, frothy, excellent lancing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit, orange. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (190508)
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Attractive aroma of citrusy/sprucy hops and subdued malty caramel. There was also a whiff of mango. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was off white and reduced after about a minute to a lasting film. Some lace was left behind on the glass. medium bodied, delicately sweet and a little fruity with moderate hop bitterness of about 6 out of 10. Citrus fruits dominated the flavor with only a bit of caramel in the background. Good IPA.