zsb19 (152) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy golden color with medium tight white head that laces all the way down. Aroma is sweet juicy flowery hops. Taste is dank hoppiness with biting grapefruit citrus and a nice malty backbone. Follow through is dank bitter hoppiness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Overall this is a very well balanced IPA.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: Light shade of amber, 1.5 finger white head. Smell: Apricots, oranges, lemon, dank, mango, sweet note, smells like Iím going to enjoy this. Taste: Citrus, tropical fruits, grass, lemon peel, dank hops, powdery dry bitter finish. Feel: Medium-light body, soft carbonation. Overall: I enjoyed this brew very much. Very balanced. This brew is Worthy.
o_Merlin_o (148) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden yellow, with zero head. Definite flavors of grapefruit and peach. Slight sour aftertaste.
onkelgobber (148) - Edinburgh, - NOV 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
citrus, pale, clear, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, average carbonation, bitter,
adrosson (146) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 I prefer a ipa with a bit more of a malt backbone. But it is a good sd style ipa.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Overall an exceptional beer. Very unassuming given the competition out there in CA and this style. Really seaking out more and more of the Ballast Point seasonal / rare beers has become an addiction. This was widely available, but very very quickly dissapeared, though lost forever. Very lucky that a friend had some extra bottles that got "lost" for me to have the opportunity to purchase again. Will drink 1 more soon, and keep the other 2 for the next several years.
Has more oil and orange flavors than other IPAís. Complexity of hops thru the finish is what makes this stand out. I can now see why you would ever want to buy a case of a craft beer after this experience. Usually you want to move onto the next one, here you want to come back again and again.
Re-tasted again last night...
This beer continues to WOW me. The smell is mesmorizing. The hops perfume are very complex and creamy on the nose. Intense and balanced. Great mid and finish also but the star is the nose. Glad I was able to buy more again this week from a hidden stache, which is now no more. Maybe rating this too low.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Bomber. Pours a clear, light golden-orange with one finger off-white head.
Awesome aromas here. Nose of floral, pine, orange, resin and honey. Thin lace. Light carbonation.Taste similar to nose; citrus, pine and resin with a decent malt backbone. Not too bitter or hoppy. The taste is just short of the aromas. Medium finish.
mstrcrwly (145) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The second i opened the bottle and poured it into a Hoegaarden pint glass..i new this was going to be something special..golden/orange color with 1 inch white head..peach/apricot/citrus aroma..and without a doubt the best balanced IPA iíve ever had..most people expect a west coast IPA to be just hop,hop,hop..but thatís not the case here...Ballast Point outdid themselves on this one..would drink this every day if i could..
brewballs (145) - USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually, I give this 3 and a half stars. It has a blonde, light copper hue. Billowy head. Hoppy. I can detect the malts. There is a wave of hops that plays with the citrus sensisbility in the taste. Absolutely delicious. In my opinion I think the hops should have been brought down a bit more. This is definitely a fine beer for early summer, the first rite of spring or pack it on a fishing trip with the bros. Good but not great.
Maltser85 (144) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a dark golden copper color with tinges of orange. It produces a nice three finger off white head that dissipates rather quickly into a nice layer covering the beer and running around the edge of the glass. Big aroma on this. An immediate dankness rose up from the glass. I got hints of pine, with citrus, mild grapefruit with a hint of lemon. I also got big tropical fruits, definitely some mango. Maybe a hint of peach and a dash of apricot. There is also some nice malty sweetness coming through that masks the alcohol nicely. Starts off very soft on the palate. Not a ton of carbonation to speak of. A lot more lemon on the taste. Picking up a bit more peach and apricot on the palate as well. Middle of the mouth the bitterness comes back into play, some of that piney grapefruit. Slightly sweet towards the back and it finishes very clean. Not really any trace of the alcohol. The body on this is medium light to medium. Itís a rather crisp beer. Some lacing left on the glass. A nice west coast IPA.