TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle. Gold with a small head. Citrus and resin in the aroma. More citrus in the flavour. It’s almost grapefruit juice! (But I like grapefruit juice). Not a lot going on by way of malt, but, somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter. This is a fine adult beverage.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma is strong with a mix of citrus, light fruits, and strong hops. Palate is really nice, just the right thickness without being too heavy. Nice carbonation as well. Crisp flavor, clean hop profile and just enough malt to balance everything out. Easy to drink and enjoyable.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to RegSpeir. Pours slightly hazy with a small white head. Nose is orange, peach, lemons, fruity hops, and various bright citrus- very nice. Flavor is big hops of citrus fruits, pines, grass, and just big resinous dankness. Nice light, thin mouthfeel and light carbonation finishing crisp, dry, and bitter. Great IPA!
ketchepillar (1171) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nice hazy orange. Pillowy white head. A bit oniony for sure. Oranges. Body is spot on. Not much for malt there-which is good. Grapes. Maybe even a bit cheesy.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber.
A: Pours a cloudy orange with a bit of yeast sediment and a one finger white head.
S: Various citrus fruits and hop aromas.
T: Citrus fruits, perhaps grapefruit and peach, followed by hop bitterness, and then finishing with the fruit flavors.
M: Medium to light bodied and well carbonated.
D: Not a typical representation of the West Coast IPA, but Big Eye would fit that mold more. This fruit flavors balancing out the hop bitterness were a pleasant surprise, and this reminds me quite a bit like AleSmith IPA, another great San Diego IPA.
dagimp (742) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours hay colored yellow with plenty o fluffy head. Not much lacing, kinda surprising. Aroma of hops, mango pine, skunk, etc. Palate is very, very, good. Not sticky and not light... as Goldilocks says, just right. Tastes like a West Coast IPA (or DIPA more accurately). Lots o’ hops. I liked that this one was very smooth and not too biting. Very solid IPA; reminds me a lot of Deshutes Hop Henge, another very good IPA.
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New review updated 8/10/10 and score from this one.
A-pours a lightly hazed pale golden color with a dense creamy white head with a great lace left behind.
S-caramel and biscuit malt are light and present up front, hops dominate, tons of peach, orange, and notes of pine.
T-caramel and toasted biscuity malts up front, light pine, sugar, tons of fruit flavors, orange, peaches, tangerine. Moderate bitterness that lingers for just a moment.
M-medium to light in body, smoother on the palate, a little syrupy, strong carbonation, crisp clean finish, quite wet throughout.
D-this is a darn tasty IPA every time I drink it, there is enough malt to keep a balance but the hops are really the focus of this beer dominating the palate. the bitterness is quite present but doesn’t linger unpleasantly.
A-hazy golden yellow color, two full fingers of white head that leaves a light lace on the glass
S-hops it is! love it! big hops in the nose of tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and some apricot. I’m excited!
T-expected hops, got hops! I am getting huge hops similar to the smell, I’m drinkin tropical fruit juice, big pineapple, apricot, some citrus, with a nice bitter hop finish
M-very smooth and lightly carbonated, slick down the back of the throat and lingers in a good way
D-I love the taste of hop and bitter hop, I could drink a million! this just became one of my favorites of all time!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle purchased by my buddy who just brought a case back from PA. The aroma is very pungent - just a beautiful blast of tropical fruits and citrus. Flavor with a lighter malt profile (pale, maybe a little vienna malt) then comes a full-on explosion of papaya/mango, tangerine/citrus/grapefruit and a little pine. Extremely tasty. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Just great.
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber shared by rudolf with me, blankboy and garthicus. Looks the part - hazy gold, quite bubbly, average lasting white frothy/fizzy head. Well-balanced aroma - lovely sweet maltiness, peach & pineapple, sweet and tart both, with plenty of hemp, citrus and lemon zest bitterness. Taste follows - again, nicely balanced, and the west coast bitterness takes its sweet time building, but when it finally arrives, it’s pretty big, bitter, and acidic - good thing there’s a lot of malt alredy on the scene - somewhat strong alcohol too, just what I wanted. Solid body on this one, well-carbonated, enough hops in there to make it both acidic AND astringent, and it lingers a long time - dry, bitter, a bit alcoholic and definitely resiny - this is top-shelf stuff, big and balanced both, I want more (thanks, Rudy!!!)
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Southbay Drugs. Gold, thin white head. Nose is citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, mint. Flavor is mint, pine needles, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Nice enough, but not particularly robust.