BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at O’Briens: Lemon, lime and grapefruit in the nose. Hop bitterness with a moderate amount of swetness. Creamy body and very drinkable. Another hoppy monster tasted here at the "hoppiest place on earth". Much enjoyed.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at SD Brewing Co. One of the best Imperial IPA’s out there. Dark gold with a thick head. Hops, pine, grapefruit, and resin fill the nose. The taste is exceptionally smooth and balanced. Huge hops and bitterness with a citrus and orange back. Kind of sticky feeling, but with a crisp finish.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Dark Golden yellow with a great head. Aromas were very grassy, floral and piney. Flavors were grassy at first. I picked up the pine a few sips later. The malt was a great balance that really brought things together to make a nice juicy flavor. Grass on the finish. A rather resinious mouthfeel that I actually enjoyed. Very tasty.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Liar’s Club early Dec ’05. Coppery orange and hazy. Big grapefruit rind and citrus aroma. More big citrus hoppy flavors - grapefruit rinds, some pine, and a touch of orange, with lots of sweet malts, and a touch of some other medium fruit. Slightly acidic and crisp.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Liars Club:,/b> Hazy amber color. Hug aroma of hops. Grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Pretty much covers up all the malt. Also huge hop flavor from front to back. Acidic and citrusy. Fruitinessin the malt. Medium bodied and oh so tasty. Goes good with a fuego steak sandwich. I like Ballast point more and more as I try their beers. Especially the high gravs.
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Orange-amber colour. Huge hoppity-hop aroma and flavour. Suffered a bit in comparison to the Pliny The Elder that I had just before it, but still a nice hop monster.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
slightly hazy orange amber with a medium sized fluffy white head. Huge Simcoe+ other Cascade family hop aromatics. Grapefruit, other zingy citrus, and resinous pine notes. Rich sweet citrus hop base, complementary. Hints of apricot, grapefruit, and citron in the finish with a reserved astringency and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium large, slightly chewy, and slowly builds to a balanced dryness.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/12/05. On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA 3/12/05. Very excited to try this one after hearing of its placement at the Bistro Double IPA Fest. Clear, crisp light gold-yellow in color-- dare I say "urine yellow" for a good beer? Fluffy, sudsy and slightly lumpy cream-offwhite head. Lacing is blotchy but sticks in small dots. Nose is deliciously honeyed with sweet orange-tangerine and faint floral aromas. Hints of pine and pineapple in with the citrus rind, but the star here is mostly just the zest. Really subtle and sweet-- quite good. Florals and fruits step up in the taste-- a perfumey fruit essence leads and the citrus turns prickly. A touch of sweetness, grass, and grain to balance things nicely and add small layers of interest. Alcohol shows up in the transition to the finish, but it doesn’t take over. Finish continues with the potpourri and dries out to a trail. Very crisp and clean, inviting another sip to renew the experience. Medium body with soft, gentle carbonation and a prickly bitter finish that doesn’t offend with its strength or its delicateness. Neither sharp nor dull, just really well-balanced. An extremely good, controlled and balanced IIPA.
DYCSoccer17 (3306) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Draft at O’Briens in San Diego. Nice crisp citrusy orange hopped aroma. This stuff is really orangey--smells like Sunny Delight! Transparent honey color with a small white head. This is probably the orangiest IPA I’ve ever had. With that said, I like oranges, so I really enjoy this one. Yummy.(8/4/9/4/17)~~~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~~~~ ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Super stoked to get to try this again. Unfortunately, this is best by 06/15/13, which means it is about 6-7 weeks old, which is too old for a big IIPA like this. The aroma has a lot of citrus grapefruit, light mango, and some orange. A little bit of tannin character is also present. Modestly hazy orange body with a medium off-yellow head that leaves appropriate lacing. Starts with some sweet, orangey hop flavors, before a little dank cattiness comes through in the middle. Has a really nice malty balance with light tannins, and adequate sweetness, but not cloying. Stands up to the hops nicely. Finishes with a burst of in-your face grapefruity hoppiness. There is slight warming late, but otherwise, the ethanol is hidden well, and this is a dangerous beer. Still great stuff.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 From the tap@O’Brien’s: Pale orange amber color with just a wisp of white foam. Aroma is fruity with a hint of mango and grapefruit. Flavor starts rich and pineapple sweet with a hint of pine and some grapefruit. Finish is dry and orange zest bitter. Palate is rich and smooth. Tasty and not too over the top for a west coast IIPA.