alexandersh (193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Beachwood; could see the quality, but not quite my style. Aroma of fruit, slightly sour, with a varied hop profile. Alot of grapefruit and citrus in the flavor.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit linger.
pinkie (317) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a perfect amber gold with bright clarity. A steady stream of bubbles make their hurried way to the top to become part of the cottony cloud of foam that tops this beer. The body has a radiance. Striking appearance.
The nose is flawless with a tropical fruits, light pine and citrus. The hops are floral and there’s mango on the nose. Sweet simcoe and amarillo. Sunny tangerine. The malt is a sweet kiss of clover honey on the nose.
Taste is out of this world. The fruit and floral hops greet the palate first and give you all that mango but with a blast of grapefruit rind. Earthy and herbal. The hops are not too oily and the malt leaves the honey behind for a moment to show off some bread. The sweetness of the simcoe is brilliant in this and really makes the beer. It has a sturdy bitter. It’s strong and it starts out deceptively mild but by the time you get to the swallow you are tasting a full hop bitter without harshness. Enchanting! This finishes dry and with a touch of sweetness from honey returned to you as if it had been stolen momentarily. Pine lingers in the aftertaste as if you had forgotten that too and it’s back to remind you.
I LOVED this. This is one of the best, most enjoyable IPA’s I have had this year. Bracing, rousing, refreshing. Thank you Jay O’Rear.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of an extra via a BA trade. Opened for a rating dump on a Tuesday. Pours a nice golden orange hue, just a faint haziness but near transparent. Cakey whitish head atop stays luscious, full and sticks around. Laces pretty well, nice carbonation and orange glow in the body in flashes. Aromas show some decent tropical fruit, touches of citrus rind start dancing. Faint gumball element, bready malts, florals and gentle resiny feel. Gentle sweetness meets more tropical and that telltale Amarillo citrusy/gumball feel. Nice, fresh, but not over the top. Initial is pretty nice, more crisp body is fairly approachable showing some firm bitterness up front. Florals, a but resiny and some gentle warmth meet some grass, mellow tropical fruit and some gentle citrus. Not the most assertive front, but something that sucks you in quickly. Middle is a touch more fruity, Amarillo meets that gumball, grapefruit rind, firmer lemony presence at times. Some gentle bready malts, straw, and grass. A touch of warmth, firm bitterness still holds to the palate. Backend is dry, firmly bitter, some nicer citrusy hop life back here, a bit resiny, rind oils and a bit of juiciness, citric acidity at times. Some earthy florals, grass, gentle bready malts as mellow subtle tropical fruit, Amarillo presence tapers. The honey seems to almost give it a semi-sweet but also earthy feel at times, ups that ABV without adding body. A touch spicy at times. A bit powedry, pretty dry and flashes of nice firm bitterness at times. Nice stuff.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of nice dank resinous hops, nice orange, grapefruit, big pine and grassy notes, slight biscuit and caramel to balance it. Taste is big chewy resinous hops, nice orange, grapefruit, slight pineapple, hints of nice caramel and toffee but goes right back into orange and grapefruit and very dank hops. Very tasty.
Godofthecellar (482) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy amber with slight head. Nice retention, and lacing spiraling around the glass
Smell of pine with a whisp of tropical fruit.
Flavor was piney, lots of resin with a light citrus note. Incredibly well balanced flavors
Mouthfeel is sticky withs lot of chew
skmikeg (613) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a amber orange with a two finger off white head with good lacing. Aroma is of citrus peels, pine resin, sticky tropical fruits, and sweet malts. Taste is citrus (grapefruit And orange) pine resin, tropical fruits (pineapple and mango) and sweet malts. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfe and a dry, pretty bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a excellent, very fresh, hoppy, IPA that I will defiantly but again.
Ontape (80) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, rumor has it that it was bottled just a few days ago. And that’s entirely believable, because the hops are really coming through. The slightly sweet quality that you get in a lot of West Coast IPAs is nowhere to be found here, which really helps this stand out. The dry-hop bitterness is killer. A very solid brew, would definitely drink again.
adrosson (145) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very smooth west coast ipa. Strong resin and pine with hints of tropical sweetness and malt. Hop nose stayed throughout the whole glass.
Big bottle from whole foods
changeup45 (1667) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013 Fresh bottle from Bine & Vine. This pours a golden-orange color with a thin off-white head that leaves scattered lacing. The aroma has that nice West Coast hoppy smell; lots of tropical fruity hops, light malt, and some pine. The flavor, again, has me thinking West Coast IPA. A sharp tropical fruity hop profile is noted right away, that of lemons, grapefruit, and orange. It gets quite bitter and dry in the finish, with sticky pine notes, and slight alcohol sting. Light sweet malt provides some body but this is no doubt all about the hops. A very good IPA. I had never even heard of this brewery until just recently but may seek some more stuff from them based on this experience.
crossovert (5631) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour, big frothy head. Smell is floral and piney with a subtle bready malt backing. Flavor is your typical west coaster. No malt flavor except a subtle breadiness, medium to high bitterness, mild mouthfeel. Flavor is grapefruit pith and pine. It isn’t over the top but damn solid.