raphael (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At OBF, something about San Diego IPAs. maybe the fish oil, which doesnt enter into this flavor, resiny not fishy. slight palate thickness. good candidate for my 100th IPA review!
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Andrew at the NSSMNSLT. Pour was golden to slight amber, typical IPA head. The aroma was floral hops, some candy floral type elements. The flavor followed the aroma, pine and floral hops, perhaps a bit too strong for my preferences on the latter. The flavor also featured a residual sweetness that could have been cleaned up a bit. Nevertheless, I liked this brew, pretty easy drinker. Thanks!
rosenbergh (7787) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
660 ml bottle. Finland.
Hazy amber colour with small off-white head. Floral hoppy aroma with citrus and resin. Bitter hoppy flavour with citrus fruitiness resin bitterness. Also some malts in taste. Great American IPA.
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange gold with a thick head.
Aroma is citrus, apricot fruitiness and caramel malt.
Medium caramel malt sweetness. Good grapefruit citrus and light floral bitter finish.
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours an amber color, that is obviously oily from the indication of the larger bubbles; looks gorgeous and coats the glass well. Nose is citrusy hops, caramel malt, but the balance is off on this one and even slightly funky.
Rated the individual components high, but overall I’m not sure I loved it.
Strykzone (5283) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Virginia. A nice IPA from Ballast Point. Pours a caramel color with a nice thick tan head that leaves lacing in layers. Aroma is well hopped with floral, pine and citrus along with caramel. Flavor offers a nicely hopped profile with, again, those floral, pine, and grapefruit notes. Caramel balances nicely. Creamy feel. A nice citrus aftertaste remains long after. Well crafted.
Naka (713) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber orange color with a small fizzy off white head that has a ton of lacing. The aroma is a strong sweet citrus with a lot of butterscotch undertones. Grapefruit and apricot. Flavor has the dank tea sort of flavor that a lot of West Coast IPAs have. There is a lot of malty sweet old fruit flavor, maybe even some dark fruit before the wave of citrus bitter obliterates all senses on your tongue. A solid beer for the style.
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, labeled as 7% abv - your fairly standard San Diego-style IPA here - huge hop nose of spruce and citrus, with some earthy nuttiness underneath, and moderate caramel maltiness - potent, woody american hop character clings to a sticky malt base - some bready character in the finish - ends with lingering intense bitterness that almost becomes too much after a while - not really much to say here - a standard, but tasty socal IPA.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark amber, resiny pine aroma. First few sips are really woody, as it warmed, the citrus came out more, but the woodiness wasn’t really well integrated and overpowered it, IMO. Bonus point for value, but fairly pedestrian.
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 22oz bomber for under 3 bucks not bad wow..orange copper pour, little head and nice lace..citrus hop bomb aroma, taste of pine, spruce more hops, with a great malt balance to finish..what a surprise, the elegant balance and flavor of this ipa is very enjoyable, i thought the cheap price was a indication of a less quality beer but that was far from the truth, this ones highly recommended here especially with a bomber price that’s half the norm..just a great beer...