marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice hoppy IPA. Smallish white head and a great copper color. Citrus, fruit, and pine in the flavor - a really nice IPA that I didn’t expect.
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a surpisingly large white head. Strong hops flavor but feels a bit smoother than some of the other top IPAs. Interesting and very good.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with huge bubbles, tons of fizz, and a nice head. A powerful aroma of cascade hops, carmel notes, and citrus. This medium bodied beer hits your palate with floral tastes intertwined with grapefruit. A bit astringent, but a nice hoppy bitterness that hangs around after the party.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured amber color with a huge off white head. Aroma is mostly hops. Smelling citrus and caramel notes. Flavor is very amazing. Nice hoppy taste but not making it horribly bitter. Can taste caramel in there helping even the hops out. Wow, this is very enjoyable!
duneman (3) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle, nice head... medium amber color. The head looks quite nice on this, and tipping the glass from side to shows off an enjoyable latency in the bubbles forming on the glass. The aroma I consider too weak for, my nose picks up citrus but wants more. Tastes of piney hops -- the citrus aspect of the smell seems lost in the bitterness. One of the better CA IPAs, but not my favorite.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour, nice lacing. Aroma is very complex, lots of citrus and pine hops, plus nice caramel background. Flavor is very similar, complex, hoppy, yet balanced. They sure know how to brew IPAs in California.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle, Pours amber\copper to orange with a huge and overflowing copper head. Ffavor of citrus & piney hops. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, pine, bitter hops. God body, good brew. Nothing amazing though. Bad aftertaste, urine and humidity.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. I’ve had this a number of times and it seems kind of strange that I never rated it...Foggy copper-orange in colour with a small white head receding to a small ring. The aroma is all oranges and not much else - floral and fruity. Chewy citrus orange and grapefruit flavours with a touch of caramel sweetness to balance. Sharp pine is apparent as well towards the end. Light alcohol warmth. There isn’t a whole lot of balance but it still fits the bill in most respects.
Sampled at Cole’s in Buffalo on June 24, 2006.
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark orange / copper wtih a soapy white head that makes for excellent lacing. Lots of grapefruit on the aroma as well as bits of pine - very clean aroma. Medium body with typical IPA carbonation. There is only enough malt on the taste to balance out the onslaught of hops. Hops start smooth citrus and floral with the finish having lots of pine and bitterness. There is a resiny feel to the finish that sticks around for quite a while. Excellent IPA.
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