PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tampa, Fl - Whole Foods - 22 oz bomber. Nice dark golden - light orange pour with a soft pillowy white head that leave plenty of lacing. Oh so pleasant aroma with some honeysuckle sweet accents, just a hint of spruce. Flavor is smooth, yet tangy. Pick up some mango, papaya and just a hint of grapefruit. Hope forward flavor with not much of a malty back end, but sits right on this one. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Had a few from this brewer in Hawaii a few years back - brings back fond memories - good to see them on the East Coast.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pours a hazy amber gold with a one finger head that doesn’t give much retention. The lacing is surprsingly great.
The aroma is light and I instantly think of PtE. There are light sweet hops with some citrus and a touch of apricots.
The taste is pretty good, very sweet, lots of grapefruit, not a ton of hops, just enough to make it an ipa.
The moutfheel is great with a rewarding lasting finish and the drinkabiltiy is great.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber via trade courtesy of Snojerk321. Poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color, similar in color to Two Hearted, with 1-finger white head. Aroma of huge citrus and fruit - lemon, orange, papaya, mango, peach, along with some pine. Taste of sweet caramel malt and big bitter citrus, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation. This is considered a world-class IPA for good reason!
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a medium white head and good retention. Oily appearance. Aroma is grassy and floral with citrus undertones. Very nice smell. Flavor is grassy hops and alcohol with some light sweetness to offset the bitter. Grapefruit like citrus character with some light malt notes. Good shit.
shadey (1916) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery location just north of San Diego. The color is more golden than I would have expected, it’s clear that there has been no attempt at tempering the hops with big malts. The bright west coast hops and their resiny character is what shines through in this delicious beer. A great representative of the area for my visit to Cali.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteilles de 12 oz. Consommées fraîches, moins d’une semaine après l’achat. Arômes très invitants de houblon américain, s’exprimant principalement dans la gamme des agrumes et des fruits tropicaux. Robe abricot et légèrement trouble (chill haze), petite dentelle blanche et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, le houblon est très expressif, montrant de belles notes d’oranges et de pamplemousses sucrés. Le malt, très légèrement sucré, montre un caractère de biscuits Grahams. Longue amertume en finale. Une excellente IPA de la côte ouest!
ekstedt (5636) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (bomber) from the Cracked Kettle. Hazy amber, medium off-white head. Hoppy aroma with apricots and other tropical fruits, pine needles, and some citric and perfumy notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with long bitterness. A very well done IPA.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly darker than straw-colored with a large white head. There’s definitely orange and cat piss in the nose. I swear I smell marijuana, too. Bizarre. This would be a great summertime IPA because it is so refreshing. Lots of citrus on the palate, with flavors of orange and grapefruit. It’s not particularly dry and there’s just a small bit of sweetness on the tale end. Really great beer, but the hype seems a bit over the top.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, mango, orange, and pine. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of peach, tangerine, and apricot. Overall body is moderate, and exceptionally fruity with well balanced bitterness.
Strykzone (5075) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Bigelo’s. A hazy dingy gold beer with a big soapy white head. Nice lacing. Very nicely done! Soft citrus flavors with peppery spice, bread, some bitterness. This one has a cool personality. Pretty much what one wants in an IPA.