jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 This stuff is awesome. A pretty under the radar IPA in SD from what I can see. It comes and goes - when it’s here, try and snatch a pint of it. Very sharp and dry finish, great pine taste, very crisp. Leaves you wanting the next sip. A must try - usually always is at the brewery to taste
7837 (6) - Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got it on tap at the Brewery.
In the past year or two I feel I have been hit over the head w/ 100+ ibu beers. OK, we get it. But this grapefruit bomb scales back a little (but not too much) to give me a beer that is a little more manageable than a 10% abv hangover-in-a-bottle. This is REALLY good beer. Great flavor!
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - APR 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing, the smell of hops knocks you off your feet. Couldnt believe it when I took a wiff. My friend got a growler filled with this and gave me some. Truly a great beer. Nice and bitter, but not to bitter, hoppy taste and aroma really make this a great beer.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Holy mother of god! Had it on draft at Ballast Point Brewery. This one caught my attention big time! I am now an avid IPA fan...thank you Sculpin an Ballast Point. Very citrusy, excellent aroma and excellent taste. Very balanced beer, bitter yet fruity, taste like a combo of mangos and banannas. Very bitter begining but smooth fruity finish....mmmmmm excellent especially for a 7.0% ABV!! Wish they bottled it or at least brewed it more often, sucks when you want a growler fill but they are still fermenting it.
Bartzilla (533) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy delicious. I like my big IPA’s to pucker me up and say "Damn, man!". This does that to me. Like freshly squeezed hops and hemp, this is a fresh tasting, big time IPA. One of my favorites from Ballast Point.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask: Hazy copper with a thin off-white head. Grapefruit and sweet malty aroma. Malt dominates the flavor with a ctirus end. Long dry citrus rind bitter finish. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Rating #1 Tap @ Bistro’s 9th Annual IPA Festival 8/’12/06 (6 3 6 3 14). Golden color with a light laced white head. Smooth, grassy malts with a bitter finish. Some citrus and grapefruit flavors. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 17). A light golden color with a white head. Grassy, hoppy, and pine in the aroma. Smooth and delightfully bitter. Light fruits and citrus finish.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Serious need of a re-rate as the first time I rated this it came right after a pint of Elder so this seemed like crap. Bomber from the Homebrewmart brewery. Pours much yellower than I expected with a big 3 finger creamy tan head. Nose is sweet, grassy and hoppy. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a very piney grassy feeling, a different but big and good IPA.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap. Fairly minimal carbonation and lacing. Amber-colored, hoppy, but not as strong as I’d expected based on its billing as a "Double IPA". Not really anything special, but a good IPA.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Draft: Peach in color with a yellow cast. Stiff and fluffy white foam clings with each sip. Delicate aroma of grassy hops, honeysuckle, tangerine, and lime. Hint of doughy yeast. Carbonation is airy and slightly chalky. Dustily crackery malt dryness neutralizes the initial burst of juicy peach and orangey hops. Notes of popcorn exude as the huskiness/graininess and doughy yeast steadily grow and overshadow the vibrant hops. Flash of peachy acidity refreshes, though it hampers the body. Clean but understated grassy bitterness tickles the palate, but the crackery malt persists. Finishes dully bitter and dryly chalky, but persistently crunchy with malt, as the blandness continues with merely a hint of tangy tangerine. Has a decent aroma, but it could stand to be less doughy. As far as flavor and texture go, it’s far too grainy and there’s nowhere near enough hop flavor or bitterness to combat it. Pretty simple and boring.