JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 22oz from South Bay. Wow, this is yet another killer IPA from San Diego. Is there any doubt remaining that this area owns this style? I love the pale orange pour, slightly cloudy, with a big foamberg of a head. Big aroma of juicy hops, heavy on the tropical fruit for sure. I was skeptical reading about notes of mango, but nope, theyíre in there. Not as sticky and resinous as the Dorado, but as rich and satisfying in its way - more quaffable, the fruit and hops practically sing. If thereís a breakfast stout, can we call this a breakfast IPA?
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 bottle thanks to hapjydeuce..... pours a transparent apple cider brown with a thin soapy whitish head.... delicious aroma of strong tropical fruit hops (mangos and other citrus fruits).... this was amped up on the tropical fruits and very hop-forward overall. the finish leaves just a trace of bitterness in the end.... def a nice IPA.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 awesome dark yellow body with a foamy white head that leaves nice webbing.the aroma is a huge burst of citrus hops,and fruits.flavor is pine/citurs hops,mangoes,with a tiny caramel finish.easy drinking but still full of flavor.awesome beer.
pepsican (1417) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber with a thin white head. Strong citrus hop aroma. Up front hop flavor with peach, mango, and orange citrus in the background. Finishes bitter, kind of on the thin side.
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís upsetting they discontinued the Dorado. This is essentially the single version of that...Damn hop shortage. Iíd say pretty good nose of pineapple grapefruit, as usual. Very fruity taste, somewhat mango, not like the Dorado. Thanks Pepsican, for serious this time, except that I wish it was Dorado.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from naven. Oh no. I knew I was in for it when I popped the top. Pure, huge, fresh grapefruit and peach aroma. Perfect aroma. Beautiful pour with great lacing. Add this to my list of beers Iíd have to have if deserted on an island. This is perfection in a glass. Flavor is pure hops without being overpowering. Possibly the best iipa or IPA Iíve tried. The best use of hops for bittering and flavoring that Iíve ever witnessed. I think I might cry.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, no date from Holiday Wine Cellar. Clear medium orange with a 1 1/2 finger slightly yellowish white head with good retention. Wow, the tropical fruit aromas that I get from this beer are nothing short of awesome. So much pineapple and mango notes, tangerines, and then some nicely bitter grapefruit and pine needles in the background with some cotton candy and caramel. The flavor has a bit of an added grassy hoppiness, and the tropical flavors donít quite jump out at me as much as they had in the aroma. The cotton candy and caramel malts meld with the hops very well in that I get "sweet hops"--I donít get this very often in beers and I think itís great. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. Light to medium body with the same for carbonation. An excellent IPA--hopefully they start bottling this year round--especially since they halted production on their Dorado. Also, I may like this one more than Two Hearted, though my rating doesnít reflect it.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bottle shared by MiguelMandingo. Thanks
Pours a clear honey amber color with a nice strong citrusy smell of grapefruit and perhaps pine. Tropical fruitiness.
Taste is fruity, crisp, clean, lightly bitter and citrus rind like with a dry finish. Bursting with lots of tropical fruits and citrusy grapefruit in the flavor. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable. One of the Best IPAís Iíve ever had.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hugely sweet citrus nose, orange, mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Clear gold with a thin white head. Balanced bitterness, aggressive but not harsh. Thick and sweet mouthfeel. Top notch.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a damn good ipa....lighter in color and body then alot of the other examples of the style....
but......darn good nose of grapefruity hops....and also the lighter body helps to showcase the hops more....good stuff