luvcasks (178) - USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Golden with orange undertones... with nice thick lasting off-white head pours hazy
Aroma: Fuity some apricot and loads of citrus and resiny notes dancing around.... way in the back fomr malt peeks thru (as the beer warms up)
Flavor: Smooth malt base carrying a huge huge hop flavor and bitterness. For some reason orange rind comes to mind along with apricots... some honey and
Palate: Medium bodied... delightful carbonation... long finish moving from fruity to dry hoppy slightly resiny finish.
Overall: Not the freshest I have tasted. The beer does not seem alive... the juicy part of the aroma seems to fade quickly... may be some age
DuffMan (7781) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange with a thick orange-cream head. Bold aromas of fresh fruit : apricot, orange rind, sweet grapefruit, and even a little lychee I think. Huge hops in here!! Citrus oil and pine resin abound, with a smooth malt base. An excellent IPA.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden in colour with a thin creamy head. Heavy piney, grapefruit hop aroma as well as some sweet malts to. The flavour is a well balanced act of big grapefruit, orange and piney hops and a sweet malt backbone. Great bitter lingering finish, and beautiful sticky lace down the side of my glass. An excellent I.P.A.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As I sit here sniffing this beer, picking up strong notes of delicious grapefruits and the pine resin that coats my windshield regularly, my mouth waters. If only the enourmous fluffy white head that rests on top of this clear amber body would go away quicker so that I can taste this tempting concoction! Finally I raise the glass to my mouth, noticing tons of lacing on my glass. Bang! The hops dominate the flavor imparting a strong pine bitterness that could be best described as "fresh". Maybe this is what Budweiser is going for when they preach the importance of freshness. If only they would load all their beers down with this much Columbus. A fantastic IPA that could easily be enjoyed year round.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Translucent, magnifying and fiery copper in color with a creamy, dense, mossy, spongy and off-white head. Simply beautiful to behold. Aroma hints at euphoria. Honeydough biscuits trumped by sweet hop array. Cherry frisked lemon grass, orange rind, clementines and nectarines-meeting-grapefruit. Flavor affirms that this is the West Coast at its best. Sweet, bitter urgency commands the flavorful realm. Orangey paradise. Arid, pulpy oranges, papaya enzyme, and a scraping, honey-mutilated citric pine trait. Freeze dried mandarins meander with a touch of caramel cubes spiked with west coast pulp. Abrasive bitterness succumbs to dry creaminess. The effervescence, baseline tropical sweetness and heralding bitterness embody the perfection of balance. A flicker of fire clings to the tonsils along with arid tongue abatement in the finish, raping and pillaging the palate with clean citric extremities and numbing the mouth forevermore. The aftertaste of chewing on a grapefruit rind hangs around for quite sometime. A lovely beer - thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
JohnnyJ (4869) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 A tasty IPA. Tastes to me a lot like the Hop Rod without the rye and less bitter. Citrusy, piney, and bitter. Another good brew from Bear Republic.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite standard IPA. If you can find it on tap, get it. Wonderful US hop aroma and flavor with enough bitterness to be assertive.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours amber\copper with a large beige head. Aroma of citrus & piney hops. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, pine, bitter hops. God body, good brew.
radagast83 (5598) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Great, just great. Very hoppy, and I mean very hoppy. Crisp, clean, citrus and has a great finish and a fantastic aftertaste.
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. I picked this one up during my trip to San Diego. 22oz bottle. This has not been a let down from a very good brewery.