DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 On draft at Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA): Pours out a slightly hazy golden/orange, topped with a one-inch head. Aroma of resinous and grassy hops, citrus (lemon peel, orange, pink grapefruit), some honey, and copious amounts of tropical mango and passion fruits. Taste is resiny pine, orange peel, apricots, and caramel. Soft biscuity malt backing. Coriander spice in the finish. Wish there were more fresh pine needle flavors to round it out. Drinkability: Semi-sweet crisp throughout. Palate-wrecking bitter. Pairing: Thick bison burger with lots of habanero. Rebuy: Yes. #374 on 02042010, DG.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonused from snojerk321. Thanks Torry! Pours clear golden with medium carbonation. Aroma is citrus and the slighest touch of thiol, but not terribly strong. Drinks dry with nice bitterness but not too much flavor. Easy to drink, but not what I had been expecting. Still a well-made beer.
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 RERATE. Draft at Neighborhood with Linh. Pours a slightly hazy amber gold. Aroma and flavor are uber fresh hop - both citrus and pine. Great single IPA. RERATE: 8 drafts at Pony with Brendan and Zubair. Notes of fresh, juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, and fresh pine. This 2012 batch is INSANE! +0.2
lethe (177) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a transparent straw color that is surprisingly light and clear. Nose, however, is lively with wonderful hoppiness that is full of citrus and dried fruit. Palate is medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Flavor is very enjoyable and intensely dry with lots of puckering fruitiness. A very nice and tart as hell IPA that has an abundance of flavor with a relatively low ABV.
harrisoni (14138) - 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.
JoeinDahlem (1342) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - 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 (3057) - Santa Monica, 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 (15170) - 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./