dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really impressive stuff. Very clean drinking and finishing IPA with tons of pine and a resinous finish. I wish I could get it easier....strongly recommended.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - pale yellow. Ar - Peaches, mangoes, limes, lots of fruity lusciousness. T - Delicate but with a lovely hop balance. Superb. Shows how big hop beers donít need to be massive malt monsters, but can show poise and verve. Awesomely good beer
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 One of the finest IPA Iíve tasted. Itís an incredibly smooth brew that does down terrific.A wonderful array of citrus flavors, orange peel, grapefruit, peach. I tried sculpin after a stone ipa (which is also great) an sculpin was noticeably superior. Top notch.
Hair6a11 (1435) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is light golden with a frothy white head. Excellent retention and lacing in this shaker. Terrific juicy fruit aromas - Grapefruit, orange zest,and a nice bouquet of hops. Juicy hops fuse with a malt forward feel. The hop profile tingles the tongue. I lied. This brew is so close to the Alesmith brew. I give that one the nod though, side by side.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Draught at Galbraiths Alehouse (Auckland, NZ). Poured a hazy amber/yellow. Huge peach aroma. A creaminess to the palate that balanced out the hop and brought out the caramel in the malt. Went down very well with The GrandMistress, so kudos indeed.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best aroma Iíve had since Hopslam. Big grapefruit bitterness and piney hops. The foam is filmy and clustery, like sea foam. Nice oily finish. Really good, I hate Iím heading home away from this!
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz poured into a tulip lass. Pours a nice orangish yellow with a nice offwhite head that is substantial and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is straightforward IPA, resinous, citrus...yum. The taste has notes of apricot and lemon, with a pungent hop flavor. Nicely bitter...and the mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, this beer is a straightforward and delicious IPA....not one to miss.
ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of NorCalgrowler. Lots of citrus fruits in the nose, potent hop and pine bouquet. Smell is fantastic. Pours a nice orange color with a full fluffy white head, dissipates to a persistent thin head. Flavor is full of hop character and bitterness, honey, pine, fruit, and a good malt presence to balance. Medium body, a bit resiny and sweet, smooth with good carbonation. Overall a great beer, very well balanced with hop additions in all the right places.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, amber, copper with a white, two-finger, frothy head.
Smells piney, not super big (reminder that this one isnít imperial), malt comes through as toast, butter, and a bit of caramel. Standard ipa aroma and no citrus or fruit.
The tastes come through in cycles. First is hops, pine leads. Then malt, mostly butter, some biscuit, a little bread, and in there is some fruit. Bit of pineapple and a tinge of grapefruit. Then pine comes back into the mix.
A well-rounded ipa, that approaches drinking like a double. Multiple flavors are present. Itís not hop or malt dominant. Itís also not totally pine or fruit dominant. Very good.
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pale blonde IPA with a thick white head. In aroma, nice citrussy hops with light pinhey notes, floral, pure californian. In mouth, a smooth IPA with light biscuit malts, floral hopping, well balanced and smooth. On tap at Cajun Cafť, Jan. 5 2011.