harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pre ZBF 2010. Rather metallic hop. Some odd fish oil flavour in the mouth. Not too great. But ok hops.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - MAR 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gorgeous IPA... Huge on the fruity hop aroma and flavor with a pleasant bitterness, but not so much that it coats the tongue and hampers drinkability. Golden-orange color with a sturdy white head. Nose is big on oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, and all the world’s other bright fruits. Bitter taste but not resinous or sharp. Light and lively on the palate, finishing dry. Lingering fruity-hop aftertaste. Delicious beer, cheerful, attractive, dangerously easy drinking.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part of a blind IPA tasting with brainlair and ryan. Was one of the better ones in the tasting in my opinion (this included Pliny the Elder, Hopslam, and Double Trouble) so it definitely ranks up there with the best. My notes:
Ap. 4/5 Paler yellow pour. Thin white head.
Ar. 8/10 Aroma dominated by piny herbal notes. Mint
Fl. 8/10Very dry and bitter to start. Mostly pine. Very bitter finish. Not quite as harsh
DedicatedToFun (1540) - SoCal, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 Pours a pretty gold, also drank while DTFing around California. Bomber obviously. Smells awesome, hoppy, full of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a beautiful gold with a thick white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, oranges, HOPS!!! Hops and more hops on the palat, but somehow not overpowering; very easy to drink. Nice dry bitter finish. This is without a doubt one of the best balanced super-hoppy IPAs I have ever had the pleasure to try; glad I bought more than one bomber!
cgarvieuk (12188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 bottle at pre-ZBF ... amber ... light white head ... bright pine hop nose ... zezty fruity hop ... little lemon ... little grapefruit ... grapefruit builds over time./
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from CBX. Pours a not so cloudy light amber color with inch thick head., Very citrusy aroma of grapefruit and possibly some apricot as well. Taste is of grapefruit, but not too much of it. This is rather light and refreshing beer, but still brings the bitter pop at the end that I appreciate from an IPA. Slight hint of the sip looms in your mouth for a bit. One of the better IPAs I’ve had so far.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Pint from my pal Jess down at the Local 4th and broadway SD.. The pour is typical ballast point,,, a little lighter in shade than some others but enough murkiness to let me know there is something behind the veil. The aroma is powerful.. Its deep robust experienced hops.. and the first hit to the palate is that of an impecably constructed ipa, hops yes, powerful yes.. Pine, bitter hops, but the surprise is how smooth this thing is on the afterbite.. I think its neck and neck with the Alesmith, or even nose to nose.. Now thats a heavy weight fight worth ordering.. Well down ballast point.. Oh and by the way.. the coolest name for a beer.> EVER!!
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at AC Beer Fest. Very nice golden amber with a lacing head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Good malt backbone followed by an intense hop hit. Fantastic after taste. Very dry finish. One of the best.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the brewery as well as subsequent bombers. man, this could be the best IPA i have ever had-just a huge hop bomb but bursting with so much flavor and freshness it was amazing! bright copper hue with a sudsy white head and good lacing! huge floral citrus nose of orange and tangerines! wow huge fresh hop flavors of sugary oranges, pineapples, citrus! its hard to write all the flavors here -just imagine every citrus flavor you could imagine combined into this beer. however, there is some grapefruit in the finish to dry it out quite a bit. not overly sweet which is a great thing! not much in the malt department, but that is not needed here-a wallop of fresh hops and citrus flavors. probably the best single Ipa i have ever had (next to fresh two hearted).