notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 [I had the good fortune to try this again at Blind Tiger - it left a much better impression this time - it was still a bit on the sweet side, but it was softer, less aggressive - next to their Mach 10, it was actually a bit tame - decent, but still not as good as most of the ratings indicate] Tap at Sunset Grill - cloudy orange with a lasting head - stereotypical, aggressive pine/grapefruit hop aroma, with a sticky malt undercurrent - abrassive hop bitterness, chewy body - sticky and overly sweet, tasting like grapefruit with a whole bowl of sugar poured on top of it - very apparent alcohol, burning the throat more and more as the beer warms - not terrible, just too in your face - a lot of people are going to like this beer for the very reasons that I do not.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a Golden -Orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s hoppy as hell with nice pine and grapefruit notes and an underlying maltiness. Medium bodied, oily yet dry and a touch warming.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at O’Briens. Clear orangey amber color with a small whitish head and good lacing. Aroma of toasty malts, cturs hops and orange juice. Juicy sweet citrus flavors, caramel malts too, grapefruit notes and hints of spice with a nice puckering finish. Smooth, medium to full body, lightly carbonated. Enjoyable.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@O’Brien’s: Hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is light and fruity. Flavor starts sweet and fruity with pineapple and mandarin orange with a tangy dry citrus rind finish. Light to medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[draft @ Sunset Grill] Murky, brown amber color, with a short off-white head. Moderately sweet malt palate, with a a strong dose of fruity, citrus hops. Sweet toffee remains towards the finish. Overall, a solid beer.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Tap, O’Brien’s. Pours a deep amber color. Strong malty aromas. Fairly creamy tasting. Slightly sweet and malty. Not too strong of a hop presence for a 2IPA.
rochioli1965 (15) - USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intense hops and intense malts bordering on sweetness. Poured a hazy dark copper, with off white head that disipated after a min or so. For this style the carbonation and head where well done. Intense hop flavor supported by an iintense sweet malty palate, but not over cloying.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 GABF 2006: Hazy golden color with an off-white head. Big hop foward aroma made up of citrus, pine and a little sweaty/earthiness. Piney and sweet caramel malt flavor. Hops dominate the beer but not real over the top to unbalance it.
Alpha King Competition 2006: Only thing I am adding to my other rating is the finish was semi dry and the malt was a little short.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours with a copper color and nice head with very nice lacing. Ha some nice flowery aromas. The flavor is sweeter than you typical IIPA, fruity and offset by a complex hoppy bitterness. I like this better than the Racer 5 even
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft... GABF ’06... Hazy yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Floral and fruity; pineapple and grapefruit nose. The flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter with toffee and pink grapefruit. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish.