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 (9162) - 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 (4501) - 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!
larryLSB (456) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery, 22 oz. Big amber orange with large off white head. Nose of citrus, with hops and a bit of malt. Tasted great in the mouth with a dry finish. Very good, hope they bottle it soon.
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured a burnt orange with a bubbly, off-white head. Big hops on the nose with sweet malts. Foamy, dry palate. Huge caramel, sweet flavors with hops and malts. An acidic, malty bomb in the finish.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Amber with a thin head. Had a ton of pine as well as some grapefruit and tangerine. Sweet and sticky but also very bitter. Delicious. Too bad I managed to spill it after only a few sips.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of pine, citrus, grapefruit, some hints of caramel and honey. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, light caramel, honey, lemon and flowers. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.