sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Slightly hazy orange with a moderately lasting head, some spotty lacing. Aroma of bright orangey cascade hops and caramel malts--smells like freshly baked and iced orange sweet rolls. Rich malty, slightly spicy flavor with some backing hops. I think the balance is underhopped just silghtly..... would like to taste just a little more hops in the end, but that’s me. Still, a very well crafted and pleasurable to drink California IPA---the the kind that gives you that blossom honey / light caramel malt, bright citrus/pine hop, smooth nectary palate and endorphin producing experience after each swallow. Why is this state producing such killer IPAs? They should add a hop flower between the bear and red star on the state flag. Arnie might even approve.
nimbleprop (6349) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear copper color from the bomber with a very thick and creamy white head. Aroma was easy on the nose, but hoppy and floral. Very first moment is slightly malty, but then come the hops. Citrus, pine, flowers. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly sour. Clean on the palate though, very light acid. Slick on the palate, hop flavor stays a while.
KUEric (904) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Bottle: Pours a nice orangey-amber color with a thick tall billowing just barely off-white head.
A steady stream of carbonation bubbles are enjoyable to look at. The aroma is great though. Pine, honey, floral, maple, citrus all goodness is all that matters. A soft velvety feel/taste up front that hints at biting down your throat, but disapates into more velvety goodness. Has a little more hoppyness -bite to it as it warms a little.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours an ever so faintly hazy gold with a big creamy durable head and excellent lace. Spciey and piney hop aroma with a little undercurrent of apricot and honey. Mediuym body complemented by light carbonation and a pleasing resinous mouthfeel. Hop domianted bitter flavor profile, although nice balance is provided by some light toffee sweetness. Refreshingly bitter finish. This is one of the better IPA’s out there, and one of the best I’ve had in a while.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 06. Aroma is of big fresh citrus and pine hops. Taste is resiny, sticky hops and sweet malt, nice bitterness throughout the palate, but not overwhelming. one of my favorite ipa’s at the festival.
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great ale! Looked like a standard pilsener when I poured it. A pleasant but not strong aroma of hops and a little citrus. Very, very smooth. The hoppiness did not linger or bite like many IPAs. There was a slight sweetness. This ranks up there with Bells Two-hearted, Red’s Rye and Bear Republic’s Rye IPA. An excellent product.
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at a local hang out. Dark and inviting golden hue with ample hints of a light citrus taste. Its bitter but not unpleasant, fresh finish and enjoyable.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice pour, good honey-golden color with an average off-white head. Solid aroma, resiny hops, grapefruit, grassy, slightly sweet, and a hint of alcohol making it through. Flavor is standard for and IPA, and doesn’t really hold up to the aroma (the aroma is better, in other words). Still good though, balanced hops, slightly sweet, lingering bitterness on the finish. Nice on the palate, good carbonation, crisp, smooth. A good beer for sure, nothing jumps out at me really outside the aroma. It’s just a good, mild west coast IPA (that might be an oxymoron). I’d definitely have this beer again.
thelandstander (46) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not too hoppy, but still a very solid IPA. Crisp and refreshing, beautiful gold color. I like El Toro Deuce better, but this is good too.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this sucka’ has a rocky head good enough for flea snowboarding. don’t know about flea snowboarding? that bespeaks of good persoal hygenie my friend. warm, aged honey color. good start, eh? mild aroma, with obvious pine influence. despite the hop head touting on the bottle label, i found this to be a rather friendly, moderately mild ipa. lacks the complexity of the layered tropical/citric fruit influences of some other ipas, but don’t take that as a detrimental quality. resinous hop astringency is well balanced, just dry enough for that lovely bite and to counter the malt. i would rate this as perhaps the Bill paxton of ipas. there really isn’t any stand-out qualities involved, but then again, you cannot really comp[lain about anything in particular. i’d drink it again.