Terminus (3308) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the brewery as well as subsequent bombers. man, this could be the best IPA i have ever had-just a huge hop bomb but bursting with so much flavor and freshness it was amazing! bright copper hue with a sudsy white head and good lacing! huge floral citrus nose of orange and tangerines! wow huge fresh hop flavors of sugary oranges, pineapples, citrus! its hard to write all the flavors here -just imagine every citrus flavor you could imagine combined into this beer. however, there is some grapefruit in the finish to dry it out quite a bit. not overly sweet which is a great thing! not much in the malt department, but that is not needed here-a wallop of fresh hops and citrus flavors. probably the best single Ipa i have ever had (next to fresh two hearted).
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at McLaughlin’s. Cloudy medium golden color, with a trace of amber. Lovely. Huge fruit aroma, citrusy hops, melon, lychee, and other tropical fruits, though mostly grapefruit, or, to be more precise, Buntan, which is a Japanese grapefruit-like citrus. Aroma is close to that of the inner peels. Sweet, fruity flavor—a bit candyish, actually, with buntan, zest, melon and pineapple. Very much like a sorbet or a fruit salad that has had grapefruit juice poured all over it. A slightly comical beer—in a good way. One of the most fun beers I have had in a long while. Balance is not perfect, but hey!
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great, great, and great! This IPA is as good as any IPA can get. Awesome from head to toe. Pours with a nice foamy head. aromas of peach, apricot, and mango. hoppy, crispy, clean finish. A very well made balanced hoppy beer I highly recommend to any hophead out there.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy golden beer with a small head. The aroma is amazing, it is wonderful with loads of fruit & some grass in there-lovely. After the aroma I was expecting the taste to match up to that aroma, but oddly it was not as great but still good with some of that fruit & grass showing up with a smooth ending. This IPA is all about aroma, aroma.
bigbish (582) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was recommended to me by the bartender at Naja’s on Redendo Pier. What a fantastic IPA. One of the best I’ve ever had. Tons of hop flavor, well balanced with malts. Great palate. I’ll take 10 more please.
acearl (403) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the IPAs I’ve been lucky enough to sample, they are my favorite brew and what I rate beers by, trip to LA and first stop was Whole Foods Redondo Beach, they had 22 oz bombers, bought 2. tangerine gold hue with white head, nice citrusy smell, nector and resin they way it should be, well balanced texture, medium carbonation, not too bitter, very good stuff
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: bottle at home that Sim bought back from the States.
Beautiful clean gold with a good bright white head. Good start. Crikey, THAT’S an aroma. Utterly gorgeous. Massive fruit and hoppy goodness, glorious bitterness, plenty of bite and just all round adorable. The flavour is decent but not really as good as the aroma. It’s just a little too raw and just a little on the harsh side. Faint cardboard too. Good citrus and the base malt supports it all really well but it just can’t keep up with the aroma. Good beer, just was hoping for more after the aroma.
Fin (8003) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pre ZBF on March 5th 2010, not sure who brought this one, but many thanks whoever it was for their generosity. This is a wonderful IPA, pours golden, soft at first in the mouth, but then the steady bitterness starts to rise. Get some good hoppy burps from tghis little number. Some fruits start to flood through, touch tropical maybe. Great label, looks like a Lion Fish. Good stuff. A6 A4 F7 P4 Ov13 3.4
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow-gold pour with a loose white head. Very catty with lotes of ammonia like presence, some floral pine, honey and a faintly minty, very bitter finsih. Medium-thinnish body with moderate carbonation.
Theis (14013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010 (Thanks to ???). Clear yellow - white head. Grassy aroma, nice bitterness, toasted, grassy, caramel, light malty, bisquit, classic american IPA - nothing special.