GarrettB (896) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 3rd, 2012 - Sadly, I do not have any notes to remind me of the how, why or where for this beer. Maybe a friend slipped it to me? Maybe I took it from an orphan? Who knows? But tasting notes always tell a more accurate story than the context itself, through the scenery may be more colorfully illustrated. The tasting notes tend to be more scientific, with room for embellishment, but less for fantasy. Thus, Bear Republic’s Das Koma has a strange smell, which is a blend of parmesan cheese and pine sap. The blend is a little strange, and even alarming, but not off-putting. The flavor is sticky, raw, and features a vibrant hops profile, with an intensity that is deep, and exhibits lots of the hard booze and sweetness I commonly find in imperial IPAs. Honey and olives also appear in the flavor, adding yet more sweetness and a strange brininess. Oh, and here I helpfully write in my tasting notebook, “Strong shit.” So, apparently a certain degree of tipsiness helped me round out the tasting experience.
brokensail (9825) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange in color with a white head. Citrus, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Some sweet caramel, bread, and toast. A little bit of grapefruit and some floral notes on the finish. The flavor is a bit sweet, but decently hoppy. Grapefruit peel, lot of orange, and floral hops. A touch of perfume, some pine, and a light bitterness.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS. Clear golden with a thin persistent head. Nose was subtle and bland, consisting of only wheaty and somewhat citric orange peel tones. Flavor was a little better with a full bodied wheat and pale malt body, a little orange peel bitterness, and boozy esters. A little boring and bland.
marcus (5876) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at City Beer. Pours clear golden with a nice off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a bitter wheat flavor that is a bit smoky. It’s really too bitter for a wheat ale.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale straw coloured beer. The nose is wheaty and a little bit bubble gum like. Citrusy and quite wheaty with a subtle sort of minty hoppiness. The wheat really shows through here as well. Lovely wheatwine.
944play (337) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at Toad In the Hole. Slightly foggy pale amber with low fine white head and persistent lace. A bizarre choice for pump delivery, what with its strong boozy top note backed up by milder herb and sulfur. Flavor is not much more agreeable, though what little nobility pops through is nice. Hot and biting on the palate, with scant bubbliness or refreshability to ameliorate the brusquitude.
bytemesis (2412) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours hazy amber with a small quickly disappearing head and no lacing. Aroma is citrus, wheat, a bit of lemon. Flavor is citrus, pine, wheat, a touch of grass. Didn’t really come together well for me.
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Semi cloudy golden amber, with a white head. Sweet malt, notes of wheat, bitter hops, citrus, and sugary. Too sweet for my taste. More of an American strong ale.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a draft pour at THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA. It poured a cloudy orange amber with a white head and light lacing. The nose is citrus, with some light tropical fruit. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is oily, probably from the wheat. The flavor is much like a DIPA, with lots of citrus hops. No sign of the wheat in the taste. The finish Is somewhat dry and bitter, and again the wheat is not detected. Overall this is basically like a DIPA however it is tasty and quite drinkable.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2012 Growler, was at the brewery. ABV’s 9.4%, by the way. Aroma: Sweet, citrus and grain; alcohol. Appearance: Minimal head and lacing; murky, somewhat dead body; orange-brown body, orange-gold highlight. Taste: Sweet, citrus, grain, and alcohol. Palate: Lightly creamy, sometimes chewy. Overall: Its own style; not a wheat ale to me, but what it is absolutely is an okay strong ale. I’m not sure about what they’re doing, but an Imperial Wheat seems counteractive because a Wheat to me is like a session ale while doubling that up would be, well... You decide. I think they’re trying to add wheat to a strong IPA and it does taste similar to their other offerings.