stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a deep amber with a nice white frothy head, leaving light lacing along the glass as I sip it.
S: That familiar west-coast ipa scent of citrus and hops.
T: Not too hoppy, solid balance between the hops and malts with good citrus notes as well as something else that I can’t put my finger on.
P: Very smooth with great carbonation.
tsoneill (7) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A top quality IPA. High hops aroma and flavor. A much fuller flavor than the easier to find Yellowtail Pail Ale. Finish is long a bitter, but well balanced and serves to remind me to take another drink of the nectar. Excellent beer that is deserving of the awards that it has won over the years.
mansquito (4474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairway in Brooklyn 6-pack ($14): Pours a clear copper body with a very formidable thick white head that stays around for a while and even required me to get it in two pours. Sharp hop aroma, coupled with citrus notes. A little bit of pine notes in there as well. Upon tasting it, the beer makes it very clear that it is a West Coast IPA. Very bitter and very hoppy! Aftertaste is certainly there. A few sweet toffee notes. Overall, a smooth beer with a hefty body and a ton of hops (maybe a few too many for me, or maybe it was the food that I ate previously that compromised it).
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap in an English pint glass. The beer pours a deep golden to light amber hue. Citrusy hop notes to the nose. The palate is moderately bitter at first, before showing some citrusy and fruity hop flavors. Malt sweetness is present, but fairly muted; overshadowed by the hops. Carbonation is accurate, for the style. The finish leaves a light lingering bitterness, but is otherwise clean. Overall, an enjoyable example of the style, but not quite as good as I was expecting.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield, NJ.
Appearance: Beautiful hazed orange with honey lemon corners. A huge 3 finger off white crown with loads of retention and lace. The crown is really frothy and gets nice and dense like whipped cream after you let it settle and repour a few times. This is what I want my IPA’s to look like.
Smell: A large burst of floral and citrus hops fill the nose. Grass, mandarin orange, lemon zest, lightly toasted malt.
Taste: Resiny pine hops, toffee, citrus zest, and of touch of astringency.
Mouthfeel: A touch thin
Drinkability: Not hard to kick back because of the thin mouthfeel but the flavor isn’t that enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-27-2009
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from a growler. Not one of my favorite beers. But it wasn’t horrible either.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear hazy orange-amber pour with a one finger off white foamy head. The aroma is evident upon uncapping, but it ever so delectable when actually sniffed. Citrus is simply massive- tons of orange and grapefruit with hints of orangepeel. The hop character rounds out with a nice floral grass arrangement that leaves the nose quivering for more. The malt character is very caramel oriented with some biscuit, toffee, and toast coming in as well. The flavor is a bit more malt heavy that the aroma would suggest, but the balance is wondrous. Lots of sweeter citrus including sugared grapefruit, orange, and even some tropical fruit notes. More grass and herbal notes as well, but they are suitably overwhelmed by the massive citrus character. Tons of caramel and toffee round out the malt character and present an excellently balancing sweetness. The palate is medium to full for the style with a velvety caressing mouthfeel and a resinous finish. Yummmm.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour. Whitish head. Citrus and floral hops abound. Good grapefruit peel and some grainy malt to balance the nose a bit. Flavor is nice and hoppy. Spicy citrus hops with just enough malty sweetness. Good stuff. BP strikes again!
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange amber with rocky 1/2 finger head. Caramel nose with some citrus and grass. Big caramel backbone with moderate bitter and some grassy/citrus notes. It’s an old bottle, but still good.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James and Tony. Pours a deep, hazy orange with a thin, white, sudsy head. Quickly recedes and leaves an insanely lingering, tightly-bubbled lace behind. Aroma is fantastic: huge sweet, juicy hops, grapefruit, pine, dank diesel, and light notes of caramel from the malt. Loose, easy-going palate matches the refreshing, loose tone of the beer. Super juicy citrus fruit in the flavor, as well as nice earthy, vanilla notes. Awesomely smooth, mildly hoppy finish. One of the best single IPAs out there.