JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente’s Session Ale fest 2009, thbis bitter had a citric flavor with some bitterness.
thornecb (4404) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into an english pint. Off-white head with medium retention. Citrus aromas. Soft with classic bitter malts and a lasting grapefruit finish.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice ruby amber color, very little carbonation. Earthy taste with some hops in the background but that dirt/earth taste is upfront. Coffee aftertaste.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/29/09. Dark yellow, touch of orange. Very hoppy nice aroma, exactly what I would’ve expected. Nothing too complex, but just a nice lingering bitter finish. This is just what I wanted from the style and Bear Republic delivered.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Public house. Pours a dark yellowy copper color with a small, miniscule white head. Nose is light hops with a fairly dominant sweet malt note. Palate is full as all bear rep’s are. Flavors of dry hops with some sugary sweetness and a light caramel malt note.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Pacific Standard; they didn’t label it "California Style," so imagine my surprise when I ended up with a rather hoppy beer that was supposed to be a bitter. Hmm. Biscuit and wet towel aroma, with a crisp, wet, earthy, and surprisingly hoppy flavor. Rough body, bitter, kind of dull and harsh. Not a fan.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at ACBF. Aroma of caramel apple, floral hops. Flavor has the flowers along with spice and citrus on a crisp, cracker malt. Delicate, nuanced, tasty.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Bear Republic. Reddish brown pour. Hoppy malt aroma. Taste is bitter hops, earthy, toffee malt. Nothing really stands out.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not that great. Aroma is very floral with some fruit. Taste is very floral and earthy. Too much for me to handle.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours burnt orange. Aroma is fairly mellow with caramel and a mixture of earthy and citrusy hops. Tastes of caramel, earthy hops and dirt. Big hops in the finish with an ashy aftertaste. Medium-light bodied. Just too hoppy in a beer where it doesn’t belong. Not EVERYTHING should be an IPA.