changeup45 (1670) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Turdferguson. Pours an orange color with a thick frothy off-white head. Heavy lacing. Citrusy hoppy aroma escapes as soon as the bottle is cracked with a lot of grapefruit and a lesser pine scent. Citrusy, grapefruit, orange, lemon, this pretty much tastes like you think it should after smelling it although perhaps not quite as sharp as the aroma indicates. Probably because it’s so easy to drink and refreshing without huge bitterness. A very good IPA. Thanks Sam!
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
I only let this sit for a week before I could resist the urge to open it. West Coast IPAs seem to lose something even when chilled and I wanted the best experience possible. I don’t know how much this costs in California but if it were regularly accessible I may just buy it on a semi-regular basis.
Aroma / Appearance - The transparent golden body and stark white head formed a picturesque decoration on the coffee table. Bright and grassy, the nose was fruity with the main aspect being canned mandarin oranges.
Flavor / Palate - The hoppy bite grabs you from the first sip and is consistent throughout. A mixture of grass, pine needles, flower petals, and citrus it sits nicely on the tongue. Despite being 7% ABV this was not tough to polish off as spring transitioned to summer.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 pours a deep yellow. very citrus nose with some pine and floral hops mixed in, sweet caramel. Perfect balance of citrus, pine, mild fruit and caramel sweetness. Finished dry with some fruit tones. One of the best IPAs out there.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a golden yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of apricots, citrus, caramel, honey, grapefruit, pine. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, sweet caramel, apricots, fresh fruit, some hints of honey and pine. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.
Beerman6686 (3560) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a cloudy light orange color with a pretty big white head. Aroma was just freaking awesome, lots of citrus hops, some piney notes as well. Just fresh hops. Flavor was much the same, very pungant fruity hops, some peach notes, pine at the end, and then a rather dry distinguished finish. I wish I had more of this stuff!
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. Noses with a lemony Simcoe heavy aroma. Catty. Pours a very clear pale yellow, with a foamy whitish. Flavor is sticky, fruity, juicy and fresh. A fresh, piney snap of fresh foam filling out the balance. This is classic and juicy. Dry finish. A prototypical West Coast sticky IPA.
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 courtesy of tpd975.
pours golden, white head.
Aroma and taste, hoppy, citrus with notes of pineapple, some floral hops.
Not my fav IPA style, too much hops bitterness up front, still highly drinkable.
re-rate, lots of hops, grapefruits, with nice malt balance but still with hops giving the beer a nice warmingpalate.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours clear yellow with a white head. Nose is grapefruit, orange, some pine, and a bit of a caramel backbone. Flavor is similar with lots of caramel and grapefruit, all manner of citrus and a plethora of other citrus goodness: apricot, peach, and kumquat. Flavor finishes off with lingering citrus hop bite. Unique, yet balanced and goes great with a sharp cheddar. As Admiral Akbar says, [your taste buds] "cannot repel firepower of this magnitude."
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber acquired via trade. Poured out a nice orange tinted amber with a finger and a half off white head. Solid aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and light pine. Flavor much the same with a little bit of caramel malt to balance it out. This one was a few months old and still damn tasty, I need to get my hands on a bottle when it’s fresh!
gsteph (320) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-amber pour with a two-fingered, frothy white head. Very sticky lace. Awesome hops blast up front with fresh squeezed grapefruit and pine juice. Flavors of lemon pith, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. A good portion of caramel malt for a complimentary backbone. Good body, nice balance with a strong, lingering, bitter finish. This brews most significant feature is its freshness. Not bad at all.