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.
Doghair (273) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear yellow with creamy white foam. Fruity citrus aroma is great. Hoppy citrus flavor with a bitter grapefruit finish. Excellent.
radarsock (1060) - Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle purchased at the Grog, and consumed at the bar. $6.00 for the 12 oz. bottle (had also asked for pint glass). This really blew me away 3½-4 years ago, but now I see it more as a passable grapefruit hop-forward IPA from San Diego. Let’s get this show on the road!
To pint, it pours a deep, rusty amber orange with which a sudsy white head 1 finger in length stood. Classic SoCal IPA look.
Aromas of wet Spring grass, grapefruit zest,artichokes, damp newspaper, and krill oil.
Tastes the same with the addition of mulched hay, seawater/minerals, sweated peas, Pacific Northwest hops, The best thing about this beer, would probably be the mouthfeel.
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Can] Pours a orange/amber color. A decent film of foam sticks to the glass and leaves a nice patchwork of lacing. Very fresh and fragrant nose of tropical fruits, pine and juicy peaches. Notes of bitter citrus rinds, apricot, pine sap, spruce and a mild caramel malt backing in the taste. Nice body. Dry and bitter finish lasts quite a while. A solid brew!
CpyNPrnT (452) - Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of tropical fruits, apricot, mild grapefruit, taste is grapefruit, citrus, maybe mango, hop bitterness, very smooth on the palate, short to medium after taste, alcohol is well balanced. Very Good!
neongolden (651) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap @ Mikkeller Bar Stockholm, Feb 25 2015) Pours clear orange with a small fine white head fading to a ring with lace. Aroma really lead by mango, with some grapefruit and orange juice, touch of citrus rind, strawberry, I think some apricot and tropical fruit mixed up in there, a fresh fruity hop leaf/weed character. Smell is sweet and faintly bitter. Palate has slightly unripe mango, apricot, orange and grapefruit peel, something not quite pine (kumquat?). A bit of tropical/berry sweetness and pale malt in the middle. On the finish, moderate-high citrus pith bitterness, astringent, a hint of grain the only real flaw for me. Medium boded with moderately high carb. A nice, bright and fresh feeling IPA that’s lighter on the malt body. Delicious and really really drinkable. A really nice palette of fruit on the palate too, not one-note by any means. Top flight.
VertBaconStrips (2124) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found at a seedy corner store a couple of blocks from DLand. This beats working today. Strung Out addiction goes on and on. I have to pee like mad but the bowl is farther than I can hit at max arc. Great pour with a long lasting off white creamy cap that looks like bubbly sourdough. Pine nose, peaches, apricots, sweet caramel, sweet lemon, caramel, pepper. Le bouche: same with more pine, balanced pepper nip, bit o’ mango. Not totally dry but close. Big bitterness is not so big or obvious to make a nasty taste bud punch. Nothing here takes over anything else. Great drinking preferably at a perpetual rate until the sun explodes.
cargo150 (874) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur dorée translucide avec un beau col blanc. Aromes d’agrumes et de peche, peu de résines, assez douce pour une IPA. Manque de complexité et de ’’punch’’ . Respectable tout de meme mais pour ma part ce n’est pas dans mon top IPA.
Andrus86 (109) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOTTLE. See through straw in colour with light white head. Citrus hop flavours on the nose. Sweet hops, citrus flavours ,lemon most prominent with a lightly hopped finish.... Spicy/pepper after taste.
terefere (251) - Durham, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden, slightly hazy and sparkling, nice frothy head. Aroma of lychee, citrus, spruce, biscuit. Taste: pomelo, biscuit, earthy, grapfruit, grass.
cbohl (6) - - MAR 1, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite IPAs, unique for its effervescence and crispness, plenty of hoppiness but without a heavy aftertaste, and an amazing appearance w nice foamy head. Great beer to drink and to admire in between quaffs.