otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brilliant oranges under a slightly off-white head which fades slowly and purposefully into a thin collar bordering a soft blanket. Lovely layers of lace linger and remain mostly undisturbed with a few teasatory swirls.
Massive grapefruit, key lime, and lemon esters abound – take whole fruits, cut, peel, squeeze, enjoy. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus which directs and carries the key lime and lemon. Pine needles and fir trees underneath. Whisper of mint leaf in the back. Crunchy white table crackers. Dew-dropped freshly mown grass as far as the nose can smell in-between row after row of citrus trees equally dew-dropped with fruit hanging low.
Grapefruit abounds – pink, white, and yellow – fresh, tart, sweet, and bright. Mint, fir trees, and pine needles in the finish. Bracing parching cleansing finish. Cut dew-dropped green grass. Closing the eyes I envision myself amidst rows of citrus trees hanging heavy and damp forests of vivid green fir and pine trees. Crisp, clean, and brilliant. Rind lingers atop my tongue after each swallow.
I’d drunk many a glass of Sculpin from Ballast Point before I realized I had yet to take tasting notes. Oops. Guess I’ll just have to “suffer” through another glass, and so I did and here we are now. Amidst it all I seem to have developed a mighty thirst and I know exactly why. Make mine a Sculpin, please and thanks.
tdoyledesign (103) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours a dark golden orange with a thick white head that dissipates. Aroma is rather muted but is well balanced with hops, citrus and other fruits and a hint grass. Taste is well balanced with citrus up front. Do I taste a hint of caramel from the malt? Perhaps that is the mango and other fruits but it is a nice middle tone to balance out the citrus and hops. Middle is a bit of hop and a crisp and clean finish. Palate is citrus/grass followed by hops and a nice finish.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colour is amber. Head is really thick. Aroma is shampoo, cookie dough, tropical fruit and pine needles. Very hoppy and bitter taste of resin, pine needles and tropical fruit. A bit thin. Goes down very easy.
Frozer (75) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. I thought I had some great ipa’s but this one takes the cake! Citrus grapefruit aroma. Perfectly balanced hop bitterness and grapefruit sweetness. The bitterness hangs around as an aftertaste a little bit longer than the grapefruit but isn’t unpleasant. Usually cans are associates with cheaper generic beer but this one tosses out that assumption.
VastActiv (1615) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronado, San Francisco. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and malts.
mstrcrwly (9) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013 does not count
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 i’ve ever had..most people expect a west coast IPA to be just hop,hop,hop..but that’s not the case here...Ballast Point outdid themselves on this one..would drink this every day if i could..
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well for $15 per sixer this better knock my socks off and while it is nice it is hardly worth double the price of most other IPA’s out there. It is well balanced, slight citrus and slight grass notes, a thin body with a dense white head. The appearance is the best part as the aroma and taste are strictly middle of the road with very little aftertaste.
Cunningham (3661) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Clear golden color with a fine white head that leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma: Fine grape hoppy, malty and tropical fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Moderate sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Mild grape hoppy, balanced tropical fruity and a fine mild malty back.
Overall impression: Lovely fresh and balanced IPA!
Personal stats: Bottle Geir had bought in Sweden.
epruittftw (8) - fort worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Ipa. Had in large bottle. Perfect ipa with spicy food. Had great hop aroma with no after taste that some ipas leave. A top5 ipa for sure.
Hop_Hedonist (115) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Always wanted to try this - finally - supremely balanced - quite a malt bite to it but lovely hop load - wish I could get a regular dose here in Oz....! But our Hop Hog just beats it for me.
Maarten1993 (81) - - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome blond beer. Great smell, very complex. Rich, deep taste. Absolute not watery. Very nice.