daleharshman (903) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Hillcrest Whole Foods (San Diego, CA). Pours a little paler than most San Diego IPAís, a light golden amber with large carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. About one finger of white head. The wonderful hoppy aroma is less citrusy than many others in this style but still fruity -- I do get the mango, apricot, and peach in there as the label promises. Tastes hoppy and bitter with pine and grapefruit but the bitterness finds a very pleasant level. There is a definite hint of some fruity sweetness in here as well. Lighter body than most others in this style; good carbonation.
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear medium gold with a fluffy lilí head. Nose is dank pine forest, and something reminiscent of juniper berries. Flavor is a gloriuos expression of west coast hops. Citrus rind and pine forest. Maybe a bit on the bold side for a single IPA, but a really good one at that.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle courtesy of a trade with KingG, thanks! I always take a sniff off the bottle before pouring and this smells great! The color is a dark, but transparent, yellow and the head is full, sticky and firm. The aroma is pure West Coast IPA, piney, fruity, citrus, very nice. The flavor is a very green, almost vegetal hop flavor. There are also melon-rind notes which remind me of the Dorado DIPA. It does not quite live up to the aroma but it is still tasty. The mouthfeel is decent and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a good West Coast IPA but I prefer the Big Eye from Ballast Point.
update 12/30/08 most recent batch
This is a very good IPA. I donít really taste the vegetal I got last time, just fruity, dank IPA. This is much better than Dorado or Big Eye. Friends said it was like Green Flash westcoast meets odell IPA. Awesome.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-20-2008 03:13:20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Most delicious new IPA Iíve had in years.
Color is a bright golden hue, transparent, with a slight tinge of orange. Head is white and frothy rich, thick, meringue-like and jiggles when nudged. Head recedes to a thinner, but long lasting lace and Belgian lace surrounds the inside of my glass as this one goes down.
Nose is full of bright citrus and citrusy black tea aromas. Iím leaning towards tangerine and peaches with that black tea component, and a slight suggestion of biscuits.
Sharp on the palate right away, but not an overwhelming in your face hop presence. Itís big but not an assault like some APAís can offer. The bright citrus comes through and again some of the black tea qualities. Faint biscuity malt is in there, and it has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. I pick up some lemon towards the end.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Aroma is very fruity, hawaii tropical fruits, coconut, mango, papaya, peach. Taste is sweet and juicy hops. Fruity and smooth. Very nice, no lingering bad flavors and nice too drink. Re-rate. gotta up this a bit. From 4 to 4.2 Just awesome, especially fresh!
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a light amber with small off white head. nice floral aroma grapefruit , peach. Mouthful is citrus, oily .This is a medium bodied solid ipa. very drinkable.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Najas Place. Pours clear yellow with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, meal, cereal), heavy hop (perfume, pine, spruce, citrus), average yeast (sweat) with notes of pear, apple, and peach. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a ton smokepot23. Pours a very pale translucent honey gold with a thin offwhite head. Looks great. The nose is very citrusy and tropical, lemon peel, mango, some piny/spicy hops, resinous. Flavor is very fruity and citrusy, sweet resinous hops, mango, mandarin orange, nice dry bitterness. Dry bitter palate. Very tasty.
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out a clear orangeish gold with lots of head. Taste is creamy and hoppy. Lots of spicy hops. Great IPA with, some sweetness and lots of pine. Had last year, best IPA.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have had this many times this year and again last night. Aromas of pine, citrus, apricots and hops. Flavors of the same including a little pepper and spice. Very nice for a IPA and I look forward to future releases.