dagimp (767) - 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 (1570) - 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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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 (6136) - 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.
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear orange with a medium sized frothy white head. Aroma starts with nectarine and peach, then moves to a citrus with pink grapefruit and lemon, and a touch of spruce and cedar bark at the finish. Awesome nose for an IPA. Flavor starts with a drop in the fruit character, moving towards pine, orchid, and perfume notes in the hop column. Palate is light and drinkable, but not watery. Incredible regular IPA.
garthicus (2755) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to Rudy. Appearance: deliciously hopped, lots of mango, hemp, pine, perfume, spice, mango, lemons, amazing. Flavour: Super bitter hops, pine, malt, so much hops!!!! Lots of tingly carbonation, marijuana, makes my mouth water. Just delightful, long orange skin & pine finish.
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ale is a murky light copper color with a faint touch of carbonation. The nose of this beer is complex with notes of farmers market peach, passion fruit, citrus, and apricot jelly. On mouth this is a smoothly balanced IPA with a medium body, plenty of hops, and the slightest green hop flavor. The finish is chewy and of medium length.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2010 OK, first beer from Ballast Point that i truly loved. Like the offerings from its geographic neighbor, Stone, this one is hopped to hell and back, but unlike the Emperial IPA, this IPA works. Off the scale bitter, yeah, but with complexity. Nose of sweet malts, bitter hops, and a touch of sweet ripe fruit (peaches maybe?). Beautiful gold body with a firm white head, which leaves great lacing as the beer disappears. Taste of sweet malts, bitter PNW hops, grapefruit, pine, and yeah, peaches again. Long bitter finish. And not overly alcoholic, especially given the intensity of the flavors.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle). Pours copper color with white head. Aroma of grapefruit, green mango and peach. Beautiful! Taste is mostly bitter with some sweetness. Surprisingly light. Light bodied with thin and oily texture. Finish is bitter. The aroma is excellent and it’s quite easy to drink, but that is also part of the ’problem’. It doesn’t seem to have much depth, but this is an admittedly nit-picky criticism. Overall, this is a very good beer and one that I wish I could have in my fridge all the time.