Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another fine draft from Obriens in San Diego. This was a huge hoppy beer with a distinct earthy and pine filled aroma. The appearance was dark orange with a moderate white head. Some oranges and grapefruit swimming around. The aftertaste has a sour effect. Good on ya!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at the Liar’s Club. Very similar to the racer 5 but with a more citrusy hop aroma and not as balanced. I don’t taste any more alcohol either. It goes down nicely, and is a good example of the style. Lots of hop flavor. Hop juice all the way. Pretty straight-forward. No complaints here.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer was sampled at Obriens in honor of Shag’s visit to SoCal. This beer pours an ambery color with hints of golden to it and a medium white frothy head. The aroma is piney and hoppy. I mean its nothing that I havent smelled before aside from the fact that it smelled sticky. Now what i want to know is what the hell is up with that commercial description, because there was absolutely no malty balance in this beer whatsoever. I dont know what in the hell people are seeing here, but there was no balance! This was a syrupy, bitter, astringent, piney almost tough to finish beer. The bitterness was over-the-top, dry and hard to stand. I think that about says it now doesnt it.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruddy, hazy appearance. Somewhat sticky, bloody aroma, with sweetish casts of papaya and grapefruit. Flavor is initially a bit too sweet fading to massive peach and apricot ministrations. Pecan syrup malts fade quickly, revealing an astringent, long-lived bitterness to finish.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap, but this is a very bitter hoppy ale, I like it! Poured a golden color with a nice white head. Like I said, flavor is hopy!! but a great beer.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 (Draft: Bear Republic Brewery in Healdsburg, CA & O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Starts off sweet and malty early on, but it’s not as strong as the bitter, grapefruity hops and the maltiness is quickly subjugated. The hops is bitter with a strong grapefruit flavor, especially in the finish. Lightly sticky palate, very smooth and creamy for such a big beer. Bit strong sweet orange-grapefruit aroma is just awesome! Hazy, light amber color. Off-white head pours to half an inch in height with subsurface bubbles clinging to the glass for ages. The head shows excellent retention with big fields of dense lace coating the glass. Not an over the top double IPA, but this is a damn fine beer that excels in every area.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at AHA NHC Vegas ’04 Nice clear copper color with good head and lacing. Lots of pine in the nose and flavor. There is a lot of citrus too. Chalky texture. Dry finish. Damn good beer that is balanced toward the hops!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@ O'brien's: Orange amber color with a small (bar pour) off white head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor starts sweet (apricot) followed by light citrus (grapefruit) and finishing kinda fruity sweet (mango). A smooth well balanced double IPA.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2004 Nice clear, though perhaps a light haze, deep copper color that is topped by an off white head. An intense aroma of American hops wafts from my pint glass: lychee, grapefruit, a bit of grassiness. it is just smells so incredibly fresh. This beer is packed with hop flavor. Damn, this is both refreshing and palate cleansing. There are notes of apricot and a light malt sweetness that pushes the hop character to another level. This beer has a good fruit presence that is contributed by the hops.
Quite incredible actually, I had forgotten how good this beer is. It is just fresh and in your face at the same time. Just a very well balanced attack between the hop aroma, the hop flavor, and the malt backbone which brings this beer to another level.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach. I had this after I just finished an Arrogant Bastard, so my palate was already assaulted by some brutal hops. Racer X, however, asserted itself nicely with a blast of piney hops and a pleasant sweetness that was lacking in the AB. A nice hop-head beer I will be enjoying again in the future.