fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of bitter and grassy hops . Flavor nearly entirely straight bitter hops for me, just a touch of grass, and if I press myself really hard, a slight hint of mango. Certainly highly drinkable, up there with Pliny in that regard, which I’d bet is why it’s rated so high, but I’d like more character from the hops.
LilBeerDoctor (3437) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma of grassy and garlicky hops. Flavor of bitter grapefruit and garlicky hops with a touch of citrusy sweetness and fruity hops in the finish. Certainly hop dominated. The hop profile is not my favorite, but this is a damn good IPA and extremely drinkable too.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Citrus and pine hops dominate the aroma and flavor. Some nice malt balance, some resin in the flavor. Good stuff, glad to finally try it.
scoobydank (6) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
L: Barely off white frothy thick head. Crystal clear bright light amber color. Tight tiny bubbles dance up the glass.
S:The glass is over a foot away from my nose and I can still smell those stinky delicious hops. Freshly cut spicey gass is the first thing. A slight sweet candied apricot floats in.
T: That fresh cut spicy grass is the first sip. A weedy grassyness even. It continues to bombard you with those hops. A caramle sweetness meshes with a grainy bredyness. A touch of pepper.
M:Tiny little bubbles flick the tongue. Yes it still feels fat and round.
D:Frickin great. The balance of this beer is amazing, yet the grassy hops are so pungent. Everything just gives way to each other for a beautiful beer.
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear medium amber color with a thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some mild tropical and citrus fruit notes. Taste is very heavy hops.... pine, earth, vegetal and a little metal. Slight citrusy fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied.
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle via trade w/ snojerk321, great golden glow with medium loose foam, aromas of musky hops, grapefruit, some spice, flavors of resin, corn syrup, citrus and really nice bitter finish, thanks Torry
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Doubleo. Pours clear golden orange with foamy white head. Aroma is real nice with tons of citrus, mangos, orange, grapefruit, tons of hops and some malt. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, some pine and malt. Nice thick mouthfeel. Finsihes bitter but has nice malt backbone that brings balance to brew. Great IPA.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. Pours a deep orange/red with a thin, bone white head. Aroma is amazing, wet and juicy oranges, pineapples, mangoes, grapefruit, cream, and Bubble-Yum. Flavor is a nice mix of the juicy oranges and pinecones, with a hint of floral hops as well. Some acidic grapefruit as well, and just a touch of lemon. A bit thin on the palate, which is the only real knock. Otherwise, a great IPA.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, thanks to WeeHeavySD for this one. Pours a light orange color with a nice foamy head, I could smell the citrusy hops the moment I cracked the cap, but it smells like a grapefruit in the glass. The taste is a little bit more subtle than I expected, not as much bitterness, just a LOT of hop flavor and aroma. A tasty brew. Thanks Jon!
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to toncatcher!
A solid IPA but really doesn’t quite warrant its reputation. Great, not excellent.