droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice pine and citrus aroma with a golden amber color. Great hoppy flavor but not too bitter. Very well balanced. One of the best IPA’s I have ever had.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent amount of hops, got it from Maryland, Jine. Not heavily or painfully hoppy, but a fine beer nonetheless. Another solid brew from Cali.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.14.05 Sometimes I wonder where my friends find this stuff, since I never come across anything like this in the store. Oh, wait, apparently this isn’t available in NJ? How sad since this was quite a nice IPA.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"MMMM good beer. Poured a light amber color with a small head. Strong smell of pine. Pine won the taste of this beer with some citrus fruits mixing in. "
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz bottle: $2.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This is a fairly flavorful beer, aggressively hopped in contrast to the malt, somewhat floral, quite grapefruity, fairly bitter right from the start, but especially in the finish. However, the fruitiness and the moderately sweet malt has some presence and is able to cut into the hoppiness to a degree. The moderately aromatic nose shows a nice balance between malt and hops, and is pleasant and enticing. Medium in body, average viscosity for an IPA, fairly crisp in the finish. Light golden color and slightly hazy. For a bottle-conditioned beer, there isn’t a whole lot of sediment in the bottle, but in the glass, medium to large sized chunky particles are suspended in the beer. Even a fairly careful pour results in the off-white head rising to well over an inch. Retention is excellent, even half an hour later, there is still at least a half an inch of rocky foam on the glass. Dense, thick patches of lace are left on the glass. Overall, I think this is a solid IPA, maybe not quite at the level of the top tier IPAs, but certainly knocking on the door. Can’t ever go wrong grabbing one of these.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A fantastic IPA. Smells of hops, tastes of hops. A very sweet taste. Not overly bitter. Better balance than most IPAs.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a tight, thick off-white head. The Columbus aromatic hops come through nicely, but a bit restrained, resulting in a fragrant pine needle and spice nose with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a subdued carbonation level. Initial flavor was a well balanced presentation of orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel and faint background of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Late palate to finish is moderately bittersweet, but a bit short and syrupy. Overall a fairly solid IPA and worth a visit, but not all that outstanding.
jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good solid IPA. golden amber pour with a white soapy head. citrusy hop aroma mostly . sweet malt base, with a great bitter finish. nice medium mouthfeel and very tasty.
OldMrCrow (2102) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 From the bottle.
Pours a gold with some floaty bits and a big fluffy head.
The aroma is all Columbus-hop crushed pine needles, with a bit of grapefruit peel and a bit of pale malt and, as the beer warms, a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a great big bitter Pacific Northwest IPA flavor of grapefruit and a pine and a hint of spice. The malts come in warm and firmly supporting - but never supplanting - the hops, as one might expect from a good American pale ale. The bitter finish is impressive in its intensity and duration. The mouthfeel is substantial and slightly oily but in no way thick or cloying; this is a beer that drinks cleanly and easily.
My biggest complaint is probably the aspects of graininess that sneak into the long finish, but nevertheless, this is a very nice (if not particularly complex) IPA. Well done!
Tap at Fiddlers 2/4/10. This one seems to be slowly slipping from favor in my eyes. Surprisingly light colored pour, very nice aroma (8 is not unreasonable) but a flavor that is much too heavy on bitter resin and pine, and almost entirely lacking in any of the fruitiness than can contribute so wonderfully to an IPA. I’d go about 3.5 at best.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden pour with some small, yeast floaties. The aroma is rich and full, noting both the citrus hops as well as a hint of the buttery, caramel malts. The hops are balanced great with the malt in the body - this is anything but one dimensional. Lots of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and sweet bread work in contrast to the moderate hop bitterness. Balance is the key in a great IPA and this is a shining example.