thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful piney hop aroma wafts from a murkey, copper colored beer with a huge, frothy white head. The palate is creamy and medium. Very malty, but not overly thick or sweet. Nice grainy hop presence with a very slight off flavor in the aftertaste.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
an attractive ipa quality of cloudy golden orange with nice off-white lasting head with lacing. citrus pine scent with a nice bitter flower flavor. delish.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good citrus hops aroma. Pours like a classic pale ale, gold. Good citrus hops upfront, sharp bitterness, with a smooth malt finish, with honey and brown sugar. Very well balanced, nothing better than a balanced IPA!
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew was reccomended by the bartender at O’Brien’s in San Diego. She called it her old reliable. Hops are well represented and start off strong. Pine and grass were present and a nice floral finish. Good stuff.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very good IPA, but given all the excellent American IPAs/APAs on the market, I thought it above average in its style, but not a truly elite beer. I think that Great Divide Titan IPA and Bell’s Two Hearted are both significantly better as far as "big," hoppy US IPAs go.
I had this beer on-tap at Roman’s in Milwaukee.
It poured a copper/amber color with a fairly abundant head with good staying power (and left nice lacing). Aroma is Cascade/citus hop goodness, but is not overpowering (BTW - I like overpowering Cascade/citrus-ness). Taste is more of the same; assertively citrus-y, but not really powerful flavor. Mouthfeel is good, but not overly sticky. I liked this beer, but with so many wonderful choices in this category, I have a hard time putting it at the top of the stack.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper color with a huge off ehite head. Head retaijns very well. Real hoppy full Mouthful. Great smooth finish. One of my favorite IPAs
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of citrus hops in the aroma.Pours copper with large white head.Caramel,citrus hops and lots of malt in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hop finish.
Hyde (28) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apricot & orange aroma; orange-amber with an off-white head; great retention & lace; Warming alcohol with flavours of appricot and orange with a slight breadyness; assertive bitterness. Moderate body & carbonation. Quite good.
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was one of many great bottled beers given to me by a friend in San Diego. I kept this one out of a tasting I held with my Flying Saucer amigos. This was one brewery that stood out in the ’05 GABF. They brew solid beers and this was no exception. It is hazy orangeish amber in color with a good head. Good lacing.... It has a deep woody, hop aroma and you can tell it has backbone. The flavor is fruity- more citrus with caramel sweetness and then an intense grapefruit hop dryness that lingers awhile. A very solid IPA.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this bottle up in Spokane.
Pours a bright golden orange color, with a rocky two finger head, that settles very slowly to a thick, quarter inch head, leaving behind a very thick sheet of lace.
Smell; lots of pine and citric hops, as you would expect, with a soid backbone of caramel malts. There’s also a bit of a herbal/grassy aroma. The more i smell this the better it gets.
Taste; as expected the hops are the main part of the flavor profile, with a bit of pine, grapefruit, oranges and those grassy notes. The caramel malts have enough of a presence to offset the hop bitterness a little, with a touch of a biscuits. mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth, with just a great drinkability.
I can’t believe I ddn’t pick up more of this beer. This has to be my favorite IPA that I’ve had so far.