michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of hops, citrus, grapefruit, light toasted malts, pine, and apricot. Poured amber orange in color with a tiny white head. Lightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, apricot, grapefruit, pine and a bit of orange. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, piney, bitter finish.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh on tap at the Hopyard, San Ramon. Pretty damn good IIPA from the folks at BR who haven’t made a bad IPA yet. Pours a copper brown with minimal head. The aroma is slightly yeasty, and very floral. This one has a nice bitter back bite, but the nose is all florals. A very balanced IPA, as the malts play a big role in this one - they add a fruity character that is uncommon for a West Coast IPA. Lots of resinous pine notes in this one.
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a lightly hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruit, caramel malt, floral hops, pine, and toasted notes. Taste of citrus, pine, resin, light tobacco, orange peel, toffee, and a bitter grapefruit finish with some alcohol as well.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a small off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma was floral, mixed citrus, caramel, toasted malt and light pine. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, other citrus, toasted malt, grassy hop notes and caramel.
Ratman197 (11760) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Bistro DIPA Fest poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscuit, apricot, orange, light pine and light grapefruit. Palate was light bodie and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light orange with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro DIPA Fest. This amber ale poured with a decent off-white head and a malty aroma. There is a mellow caramel malt base enhanced by significant hop bitterness.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery, I got this as part of a sampler set.
The bartender commented that APEX is BR’s "Next Generation" IPA. Well, it’s nicely hoppy with some very good balance. Quite enjoyable.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2008. A fresh hopheads wet dream, with the powerful resin flavor, overt grassiness and citrus-earthy varieties showcased. Medium bodied, slightly warm and a little slick, the flavors start with caramel and toast in the background, and switch to grapefruit, orange, pine and slight tangerine.
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Amber color with a miniscule white head. Moderate hoppy aroma. Taste is more than moderately hoppy. Strong pine. Very. NW hophead delite. The resin inflames the membranes. Not all that bitter - barring the hop burn. Really good ale.
malrubius (2241) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Rattle n Hum. Pale hazy golden orange with lasting head and lace. Sweet piney citrus hop aroma. Toasted honey melon orange citrus pine with medium bitterness and dry finish. Great balance. Medium creamy body. I thought this was excellent. I’m surprised at the low rating.