Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear medium amber color with a thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some mild tropical and citrus fruit notes. Taste is very heavy hops.... pine, earth, vegetal and a little metal. Slight citrusy fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied.
FatPhil (9979) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle (Kitty’s, Helsinki)
Woh, cabbage aroma?!?! Onion. Stinky dishcloth. Simple palate. Stick, forced carbonation. One-dimensional resiny bitterness. No depth, sweet malts, flavourless bitterness. Everything that is wrong about modern IPA. No balance, no drinkability, no integration of the flavours. If another ticker had appeared, I would immediately have offered my glass. I can finish this, but I’d rather give it away. Give me something tasty instead, I’d rather the spring onions in my salad.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. Earthy, fruity aroma offers tropical and citrus fruit with additional notes of cannabis, crystal malt and toffee. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Toffee malt alongside bitter, citrusy, earthy hops. Bittersweet, grassy finish. Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD!
adnielsen (9719) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of daknole. Thanks! Slightly hazy, golden appearance with an off white head. Potent resiny, mary jane, piney hoppy, earthy, apricot, grapefruity, mango aroma. Resiny, sticky, piney, organic hoppy, sweet malty, fairly fruity, mango, grapefruity flavor with a sticky, organic hoppy finish. One of the more assertive IPAs out there and quite nice!
Benzai (9549) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [from trade with mista] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Clear orange color, full sized off-white head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, loads of hops, very fruity with grapefruit amd mandarin. Taste malts, hops, fruit hops, fruity, grapefruit, bitter. Lingering fruit and bitter hops in the aftertaste. Incredibly balanced flavor between the fruit hops and bitter hops. Medium to full body, perfect carbonation. I thought maybe this beer is hyped, but it is simply good. Very good, incredibly balanced. Lovely IPA.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 22oz bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper and clear golden color with an larger sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus (grapefruits and lemons), and grassy. Nice and hoppy aroma. Tastes of citrus, light caramel, pine, some melons, and a little fruity. Nicely bitter with a light sweetness.
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Retasted and I’m upping the numbers on this one.
Beerhunter111 (9439) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minimal trübes goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr hopfig, fruchtig, bitter, exotische Früchte, Aprikose. Geschmack sehr fruchtig malzig, kräftig gehopft, mild bitter, Aprikosen, sehr harmonisch und gelungen, gut!
Sammy (9239) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
tasty excellent IPA. Orange appearance with white head. Grapefruit aroma, very nice.Very smooth, very drinkable. Great resiny hop. One of the best IPAs I ever had, and the bottle picture is cute too.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 27/09/2009
Orange fruit aroma. Golden coloured and hoppy with a little bitterness in a crisp and dry malt finish.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 650 mL from Southbay. HOLY $%@$!.Pours a clear, light amber with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Okay lacing. Aroma is huge fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peaches and cream ice cream, huge butterscotch, caramel. Taste is fresh, citrusy, wet hops with butterscotch and a massive bitterness permeating throughout. Buttery, creamy on the palate that leaves a sort of oily mouthfeel. Wow. 9/4/8/5/17=4.3
After multiple samples of this beer on cask, tap, bomber all from Ballast Point itself, I really need to lower this rating. The IPA is awesome- that is a fact. The huge is massively rocky, leaves massive lace. But its superlative nose of mango peel, peaches, apricots is let down by a mostly voiding body, little butterscotch, very little creamy mouthfeel. More dry, seltzery, bitter. Still excellent.