danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 Tap at Stone 13th Anniversary Celebration. Pours a golden brown with little head. Nose is sweet pine hopes. Flavors a mostly pine hops, sweet malts, alcohol. This one is a little out of balance with the alcohol but a decent hop profile with a nice malt balance.
Resampled and the hops and citrus flavors were a lot better. Mouth is nicely carbinated too. A lot better the 2nd time around.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler via trade. Props Kyle. Huge, fluffy head with great lacing. Floral/piney hop nose. Piney, resiny hop flavor with banana, clove, and biscuity malt. Chewy iipa. Verrrry gooood.
sbruno (6) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2009 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Extremely hoppy IPA for 9%. Friend who loves IPAs gives it a 7.5, but for me, who isn’t typically an IPA lover, simply doesn’t like it...way too strong/bitter
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sacramento Brewing Company. Snifter. Orange amber pour with a creamy beige head you can draw designs in. Strong aroma of citrus, and maybe resin, hop. Medium plus body with fine carbonation. Flavor is burning hop over roasted malt. Finishes with slightly harsh bitter. Really good beer.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wowsa! A marked improvement over the alread-excellent Racer 5 classic. This beer has very big, crisp hop explosion up front followed by dominant, smooth malt sweetness. The maltiness is the big star here!
One of the better California IPAs.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 Had this at the brewery. Too citrusy. Not as good as their regular IPA. Alcohol dominates it.
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 13/10/2007
Very hoppy and fruity aroma. Clear golden coloured hoppy and fruity grapefruit flavour. Crisp and bitter lasting finish
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s. Poured a darker amber with an orange hue. A medium amount of slightly off white head slowly dissipated leaving a nice show of lacing on the glass. Nose was a blend of citrus (especially oranges), flowers, and hops. Taste was light citrus, pine, hops, and oranges. Finish was a wet, orangey bitter. Wow is what I can say to this brew. Not big on IPAs at all, but this was tasty!
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Tap at Capones. Dark amber pour .Great aromatic beer with subtle but great flavor notes alcohol content is well hidden. Great IIPA.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bierkraft bottle. Pours a thick, dark, copper/orange with a frothy white head leaving quite sticky lacking. Wet wood, musty hops and pine initially on the nose. Orange juice, wet bread, and lighter citrus rind as well. Some catty notes emerge as the beer warms. Flavor is quite sweet. Bread crust, caramel and crystal malt lead the way for the malt profile. Hops seem a bit... off. Slightly musty and catty. A bit of bright citrus and pine but not too much. Medium to full bodied... slightly sticky. Average carbonation with a nondeScript hop bite on the finish. Decent but totally unspectacular. The hops just taste... weird. Thanks Jonathan!