swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap @ OíBriens in San Diego. Not very impressed & I seem to be alone here. Something seemed a little off her. Not really impressed with hop aroma or presence. Will have to rerate
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to cbkschubert for this one. Pours turbid orangy with 3-finger off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit, caramel malt, tangerine, mango, black pepper. Tastes resiny hoppy, caramel malty, with pineapple, grapefruit, mango, black pepper, and a rich, complex, very smooth palate. This one is outstanding.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Had this fresh thanks to psprings and was really impressed. The nose is captivatingly creamy like Thunder Canyonís IPA. Light orange notes with mild hop, sweet cream and white hot alcohol tying them together. When not fresh, this one gets piney and orange peel bitter kinda fast and this really sharpens the huge malt profile. Had fresh, the malts still loom large and I think this takes away from some potential fruit/flower notes.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, pours a hazy golden with a large foamy white cap and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, with citrus, pine and floral in there as well. Flavor is also primarily grapefruit, with little there in the way of malts to temper it; fairly acidic. Good, but prefer my IIPAís to have more balance...
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a orange copper hue. Thin head that disappates to substantial lacing. Nose is resin & pineapple. The flavor is outstanding, with pineapple, resiny hops, and a bit more malt than you usually get from an IIPA, which makes it a bit bready and sweet. It feeds my sweet tooth nicely! Spectacular brew.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Mostly clear, ever so slightly hazy orange-amber body. A small, foamy white head quickly gives way to a wispy, thin film with a small edge. Nice, sticky patchwork lacing decorates the glass. The aroma is San Diego IIPA all the way. Tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and even coconut blend masterfully with traditional citrus notes like sweet naval orange and tangerine. Each consecutive inhalation yields deeper, sweeter, fresher fruit. The flavor is built on a surprisingly light and refreshing toffee base, allowing for the various fruits and hops to really shine. Again, mango and papaya provide for alternative, sweet, fruity elements, while kumquat, orange, and tangerine hops add ample bitterness. The presence of smooth, creamy coconut is such a welcome and unexpected treat. I would never expect to find such flavors in an IPA. Excellent balance. Medium-full bodied, but this is as easy drinking an IIPA as you will find. Very smooth. Lingering, bittersweet, creamy and fruity finish. This is a different kind of brew, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Excellent.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duane shared a bomber of this with me, and Iím glad he did! Very good stuff and a tad underrated, IMO. Tons of citrus hops and plenty of sweetness to balance it all out. Velvety mouthfeel seals the deal. This is a gem of an IIPA.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recieved in trade from the most generous of traders, errantnight. Thanks! Dorado IIPA pours a hazy glowing orange (although I did just recieve in the mail today so it hasnít had a lot of time to settle). A two finger creamy yet craggy slightly off-white head formed on the pour and stays put. Leaves excellent sticky sheet lacing.
Aroma is first and foremost hops, big piney resinous hops. Thereís solid whiffs of citrus that comes through with each swirl of the glass. Unsweetened grapefruit and mango mostly. I also pick up a touch of aspirin like bitterness. There is a solid sweet caramel malt backbone keeping all those hops in check. Very nice.
Flavor starts with a very big slightly sweet caramel maltiness creating a perfect backdrop for the hoppiness thatís surely to come. A great piney hoppiness overshadows the caramel and leads flawlessly into hop resins. Sweetened grapfruit shows itself on the finish and the caramel make its triumphant return. Not near as much bitterness as expected from the aroma and actually the caramel sweetness balances out the hop profile very nicely.
Body is on the medium side leaning slightly towards the heavy. Just enough carbonation to create a airy mouthfeel as this beer hits the palate. If I had to pick a flaw, and this is just me being overly critical, is the body gets a little sticky in the throat as the bottle disappears.
For such a big beer itís pretty easy to put away. The balance helps the drinkability quite a bit keeping both the malt and hops, and thereís a lot of them both, in check.
Another great Left Coast IPA. My first sampling from Ballast Point. Surprisingly more balanced than I expected, especially aftertaking a few big whiffs.
Acknud (1034) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of miketd. Citrus hops aroma and taste. Could stand to be a tad more bitter or a little less sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Overall a nice drinking experience.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of KingG. Spruce, herbal aroma. Nice mixture of hops and malt. Not as much hops as I like but still a solid IIPA.