JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden clear with thick off white head off draft. Smells amazing...like the perfect rippened oranges and mangos. Starts very sweet with lots of citrus sweet notes. Ends quite dry.
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 12oz bottle. Pours clear golden color with a big white head. Thereís a big hit of tropical fruits at the nose, a really inviting smell. The taste starts off the same, with flavors of mango, apricot, and some grapefruit. Then at the end you get the hoppy bitterness to balance it off. Really great beer, probably the best tasting IPA Iíve had.
mmargarucci (69) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrusy and fruity aroma. A very crisp clean malt profile. Followed by a wonderful hop bitterness that doesn't punch you in the face. A wonderful west coast style ipa. This was one of the first ipa's that defined the style and it's still one of the best!
pfc514 (68) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours goldish honey in a snifter with a finger of fizzy white head.
Grapefruit, mango, and other citrus fruits in the aroma along with peachy hops (amarillo?). My favorite type of hops.
Light citrus and mango flavor that blends nicely into a hop bitterness bite after the swallow. Really well done. Balanced, not overpowering like other top quality IPAs.
I love the palate of this one. Not syrupy like some IPAs tend to be but fizzy and thin, which is pleasing. Refreshing.
Easily one of the best IPAs Iíve had. Lives up to the hype.
schlitzfaced (68) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from bottle into pint glass. pours a hazy golden orange in color,leaving a thin head which dissapates quickly. Hoppy aroma with apricot . very tasty
DougHnut70 (67) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Bomber from Safeway poured into a tulip. Cloudy, golden with a thin head. Smells fresh, light, tropical fruits, light hoppiness. Taste starts sweet, but moves to grassy, herbal, mellow but up front hops and ends with a very dry finish. Medium body, perfect carbonation, easy to drink. That said, Iím underwhelmed due to the ratings and the price ($8 a bomber on sale!). This is a great starter into the IPAs for the uninitiated.
10.12.13 update - still feel exactly the same as above. Smells great, but tastes above average but just not worth the price ($9 bomber this time).
11.24.14 Update: Tried a fresh 6 pack that was delivered to Rajaís this week. Still feel the same - maybe even a little overrated. It has a bitter finish when compared to Pliny the Elder and Lagunitas beers (which I also had tonight). Not that itís bad - itís just the most expensive ($14/6 pack on sale) and itís not quite the best. Prefer the sweetness of Lagunitas or the lack of any bitter aftertaste of Pliny or the smoothness of Alesmith or Alpine to this one.
Supertrev (67) - CHINA - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic beer. Better than expected. Well balanced maltiness with bitterness. I will try and clone this beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
First night in rented Decatur digs. Welcome to Emory. Marking the moment with this promising bottle, a cool sendoff, compliments of darn1207. A bomber. Pours golden amber orange, not cloudy yet opaque. Snow white head. Attractive. Amazing nose, all floral hops and citrus fruits. Really a great smelling brew. Light-medium bodied, slightly watery mouthfeel. Grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple. Clean bitter aftertaste. Delicious. Nice lacing as she goes. Apricot emerges as she warms a bit. A beautiful balanced IPA that doesnít try to kick your ass.
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location/Date: 22 oz. bottle bought at local grocery store on 2/5/12 (pre-Super Bowl, but post Chelsea/Man U - a perfect beer day!)
Appearance: Pours to a clear gold with a light white head.
Aroma: sure doesnít smell like a fish! There is a citrus aroma with a balance of hoppy scent.
Taste: Not overly hoppy for a San Diego IPA. It doesnít taste like it looks. Citrus/Apricot & delicious hoppiness and a definite fruity aftertaste.
Palate: excellent body, nice creamy front end with a great transition to a lingering finish that is slightly rough and tough (in a good way!).
Summary: A great example of the west coast IPA. It doesnít need to hop it up any more to show off. I think it really does as the label says - it has a sting, but tastes great.
pianotu (65) - USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful nose--so fragrant and with the taste to match. Very balanced yet exudes great character.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone