edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy and everlasting on the palate. A good looking amber with a head that doesn’t disperse for a while. Good but not very strong at 6% AC.
drowland (6633) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hop flavor, but not quite bitter enough and the hop profile doesn’t linger enough for my tastes.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice surprise on this one. Huge grapefruit and orange flavor with some pine hops. Lightly bitter, with lots of caramel malts to balance. Nicely dry finish that lingered for a while. Not the most bitter IPA out there. Medium bodied and medium carboantion. Very drinkable. Strong aroma similar to the flavor.
evergreen0199 (2276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GBBF 2009. Copper coloured pour with decent white head. Hoppy aroma. Lingering bitterness, citrus fruit, hoppy, dry, refreshing.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice to see a bomber for $3.99, oh well, so it is not Sculpin, I’ll live (by the way, why is that so rare, just replace this stuff with that). Pours with a large off-white head over a golden hay body. Aroma is strong with citrus, orange blossom, lightly herbal hops, tea notes, caramel, toffee and melon. Taste is aggressively spicy and herbal hops, with a tea like aspect, a bit of rotten melon, and some toffee. Medium carbonation and a dry finish.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum
Appearance: clear , straight amber shade , mid white top.
Nose: blend of hops with sweet sugary malts , refreshing and clean. 6+
Flavor/Palate : mid full bodied. Edge and hop bitter top present , malt bit underpowered here. Filling body with some citric front and leafy top. American styled bitter.
aaronbr (132) - Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 On tap at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto. Pours a nice orange copper, not much aroma. Tastes like a good IPA, I have no real complaints.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper pour...Nice hop aroma, floral and citrus notes...grapefruit...Medium body...Light carbonation...Hop flavor up front...Long hop palate with a malty finish in the end...very mild bitterness lingers...Delicious...
ben4321 (4473) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Norm’s, 8/4/09
Aroma: Big citrus, a bit of pine, some caramel. mostly the citrus hops
Appearance: Clearish orange-amber color, half inch of off white (almost tan) head, decent amount of lacing
Flavor: Bit more balanced then the nose, citrus/pine hops, with a nice caramel malt backing too
Palate: Medium body, nice mouthfeel, a bit oily, drinks really nicely
This is a pretty tasty IPA, it’s not out there really, standard IPA flavors, but it is nicely done, and hits on most of the notes I look for in a IPA. Maybe not the bitterness level of some other IPAs (definitely well balanced), but a nice example for sure. Well done here.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piney hops dominate the aroma, giving way to caramel malts. The appearance, true to its style, is orange/amber, white head. The flavor is even nicer than the aroma, a blast of citrus, lemon, toffee, caramel. Good hoppiness, good malt backbone for balance. The finish, predictably, is a hop bittering, mainly of the grapefruit type, very nice. Nothing outstanding in the IPA style, but a solid brew which does credit to its makers.