beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Golden amber pour into the tulip glass with a large white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruits, resin, some caramel malts, mouthwatering in fact. Would love to see this in unfiltered form. Taste follows the aroma well, perhaps a touch over-carbonated however, could be slightly smoother to enjoy the complex hops here. Finish is typical IPA, bitter but the caramel malt backbone helps smooth it out some.
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Golden pour with good clarity, two finger white head foams up immediately. Aroma is startlingly fresh and hoppy. An assault of sweet, fruity hops on my nostrils is welcomed, touches of grapefruit, nectar, and light resinous pine needle. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, Flavor is immediately bitter hop juice with playful fruitiness, apricot, peppery mango. A tongue lashing of hoppiness but also delightfully tasty. This stuff might get me back into IPAs
ben4321 (4546) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014
Making a score only update, 9/12/14 - This rating needs to be higher - 4.2: 8/4/9/4/17
Location: On tap at the Brewery, Linda Vista Location, 1/7/10
Aroma: Melon, grapefruit, citrus, pine, caramel, resin
Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thin white head
Flavor: Bitter hop flavor with some malts and citrus sweetness
Palate: Creamy moouthfeel, crisp, medium body, dry finish
This is a very solid IPA in the juicy and bitter West Coast style. A nice, tasty beer.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. Astringent, piney, grapefruit, light malts, fruity. Really good. Great example of a really well-showcased hoppppy beer.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Pours hazy golden-copper color with frothy head and good lacing. Flavor and aroma succeed in bringing out different hop qualities, with the nose exhibiting light fruity notes, including peach, tropical fruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and a lot of citrus. Flavor is far more intense, with a huge hop blast. Similar notes of fruit, and more specifically, citrus, but the bitterness is almost unexpected after the mellow fruity aroma. Extremely bitter and resinous. Great dry finish. Light yet still full bodied. Awesome beer.
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper orange with a white head. Crisp hoppy aroma full of citrus, sweet malts, light orange, some pineapple. Wonderful. Mid-range body that makes it easy drinking. Flavor has plenty of bright fruits, citrus, pineapple, light pine, and a malt note nearly hidden in the back. Bitterness remains apparent through the finish. A very nice IPA and one that I’d like to have regular access to.
rmhancock (21) - USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma - grapefruit, orange, lemon
appearance - yellow orange
taste - refreshing, citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon
I love this beer. its crisp, refreshing and well balanced. Hoppy but not over the top. great beer
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow, almost straw-colored (great to see an IPA of this magnitude that’s actually a pale ale). A rather thin white head settles in a moderate pace.
Massive hop aromas in the nose. Plenty of exotic fruits, but not so dominated by grapefruits as many other hop forward beers are. Instead here are generous amounts of mango and passion fruits (along with the grapefruit of course). Here is also a very pleasant smell of elder flowers. Some pine needles and hop resins. Biscuity malts are present as well.
The taste replicates the smell with very fresh hop flavors all around. Exotic fruits (grapefruit, mango, passion fruit) mix with elder flowers and hop resins. A semi-sweet crisp and biscuity malty backbone. The finish is really bitter with notes of pine-needles and, citric notes and grassy hop notes.
Medium to semi-full body, nice sticky mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation.
This is a great IPA with a massive and very tasty hop profile. Still, it manages to stay very balanced. The malts are almost perfectly suited for the hop centered flavors.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light orange color with a thick white head. Aromas are amazing citrus floral hops are overwhelming. The taste is exactly the same, citrus, orange rind, grapefruit, bitter hops, but not over bitter just about perfect. Wonderful brew.
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.
Pours yellow-orange with a small white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is strong citrus hops, lots of peach and mango. Very nice smelling beer. There is good bitterness and hop flavor, with lots of pine and citrus. The pine is mainly evident in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. Outstanding beer.