awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Pours golden/ deep orange with thin white foamy head. Strong piny citruy nose. Very smooth for this DIPA style. Great citrus/pine hop punch. Fantastic DIPA!!!
blipp (7777) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Very resinous hop aroma with floral and piny notes. The flavor is surprisingly balanced, with floral and piny hop notes on top of toasty/sweet malts. Very drinkable.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample : RNH: very, very interesting brew. Pours an attractive, warm copper leaving a finger of wet head. I smell and taste some thin caramels and the esters are very high despite the average ABV. Honestly reminds me of a low peat scotch... not very hoppy?! which betrays the style...
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle from growler. Pours copper with a lasting off white head. Smells of resiny hops, some sweet citrus, peppery. Tastes resiny and bitter with some sweet citrus, hints of caramel, and a semi-sweet finish.
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 (13518) - 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 (1288) - 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.