emacgee (4209) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Flying Saucer with JCB and Immy. Pours a translucent copper orange with a one finger yellowish head. The nose is fruity, citrusy, pungent hop aroma, mild sweetness. Flavor is very resinous and hoppy, fruity, citrus peel. I enjoyed this more the first half of the pint than the second. After a while it started to get a mild astringency to it that I didn’t care for. Overall I really enjoyed the brew.
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tylers with JCB. This basically tastes like Racer 5 on steroids. Kind of basic--pine and citrus dominate, and the alcohol stands out a little more than it needs to. Felt a little heavy for me.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, this beer poured a nice copper color. There was a 1 1/2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. I was expecting this beer to be very bitter but it was not. There was a substainial malt backbone that helped blanace the beer very well. The carbonation was just right to make this beer go down easy. This is a fantastic IIPA and should be had when you can find it.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Carrboro, in the company of the powerful Turdferguson. Okay, NC is officially spoiled with shit like this on tap all over the place. Not only that, but the Big Black song dedicated to this enigmatic cartoon character is a good one to get stuck in your head. So it’s got the same pleasantly floral aroma as the Racer 5, but a somewhat more vibrant body and a stickier taste. Sweet in the way that Hop Stoopid is, but the full mouthfeel prevents anything from becoming cloying. Lively hops, abundant flavors, killer DIPA.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crazy hops, of course, and a wonderful copper color. A little sweet for my taste, more east coast than west coast. Still quite delicious, although not as good for the style as Racer 5 is.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium amber color. Thin white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor is similar--a little sweeter than you would expect from many IPAs, but it works in this case. Lots of grapefruit and piney hops. Nice clean finish. Very well balanced and a nice beer.
malrubius (1936) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Gate. Golden copper orange (it was dark in there) with lasting head (which I asked for) and lotsa lace. Very hoppy citrus piney aroma. NIcely toasted malty flavor with lots of fresh hops flower flavor and bitterness with nice hoppy finish. Medium-full body. The flavors all come together nicely. Excellent.
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pine, florals, grass, and orange peel. Flavor of hops (citrus, pine) and caramel malt.
stchloe (793) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Still bitter like its IPA cousin, but more alcohol notes, as seen by the ABV. Fruity and sweet.
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Najas, enjoyed with Kosko20. Pours with a hazy glowing orange body and a creamy white head with good retention and phenomenal lacing Aroma is floral, citrus, spicy and exotic fruit hops, hops and hops. Taste is hops with notes of mango and maybe even papaya and strawberry, balanced beautifully with a brown sugar maltiness. Long duration with lots of fruitiness provided by the hops. Creamy mouthfeel and light bubbles. Well hidden alcohol. Greatly crafted beer!