RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of the best beers in the U.S. made by one of the best(& consistant) breweries. The hop aroma jumps out before the 1st sip, a golden barely hazy color with a nice even head that lasts the better part of the pint(depends on quickly you consume). The hops engulf your mouth without going overboard.
thebeertourist (4822) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Library Ale House, Santa Monica, CA. Hazy light amber with an egg-white like foam, leaving nice lacing. Potent citrus and grassy hop aroma. There are floral, perfumy notes as well. A very bitter IPA. Flavours are rounded citrus (lime) with some earthy notes. Perfume and rosebuds. Medium-bodied. A great IPA and the relatively light compared to other IPAs makes it dangerously drinkable. A worship to the hop, but the varieties used are relatively smooth.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden bronze full bodied hop nose cascade hop nose slick head very good initial flavor very bitter. Great flavor
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another one in my top 5 IPA’s. Floral aroma with hops from the Northwest....I love cascade hops! Nice golden yellow pour with perfect head. Slightly more creamy than most IPA’s. A great one!
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal Clear for being bottle conditioned, this beer boasts a great citrus aroma with a sharp but clean bitterness. The balance is beautiful for such a big IPA. It is very drinkable and pleasant and actually lives up to the hops the label boasts about. Great beer!
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours orangish yellow, just a little cloudy, ~1 cm. white head, a little lacing. Smells nice, picking up some citrus, maybe a little floral aroma. Tastes great, nice high bitterness with citrusy, piney, floraly hop flavor, balanced nicely with a tiny bit of a sweet maltiness. Little creamier, oilier mouthfeel than say a Stone IPA. I really liked this beer, a great IPA, right up my alley.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the pub. Dark gold with a beige head. Hoppy aroma and a sweet caramelly taste with only a tiny bit of bieeerness.
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great fluffy, persistent head. Someone utilized the cascades a bit better in the aroma than the flavor. This beer has all the desired hop aroma, but lacks a bit in the flavor. Mostly just the pine comes out and rides along with the ample, but not dominating, bitterness. I wouldn’t call it a good strong "malt backbone," but there is a good bit of malt in here. Typically the backbone in an IPA simply balances the bitterness. This one actually provides sweetness up front; almost even a caramel sweetness, but not quite. There is some flavor missing between the malt in front and the hop pine and bitterness in back. The mouthfeel is also a bit oily. Somehow, the final beer is greater than the sum of its parts. Despite a few flaws, this comes together to be an entirely enjoyable IPA. Then again, who doesn’t love an IPA?
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Map Room. Pours a medium orange with a white frothy head. A pine and citrus hop smackdown of a beer. A solid IPA.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Is this beer getting sweeter or is my taste changing?
This is a good beer. It is hoppy. It is medium-full bodied. Definite Cascade aroma coming through and one can note the Columbus as well. Despite the strong hoppiness that predominates in this beer, there is a definite sweet, malty backbone to it as well. Deep-orange in color, usually pretty clear (but sometimes not).