bird_machine (50) - San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh growler shared at a BBQ. Pours a deep burnt orange color with no light coming through. Very cloudy and murky with a nice soapy head sitting on top. Nice big aroma of citrus, pine, some hay, grass and sweet malts. Flavor is impressive, with a big blast of grapefruit, mango, resins and more pine. Lots of accompanying bitterness balanced by a big malty body. Malty caramel sweetness, a little toasty. You can feel the high ABV on this one, but the taste is very good. After taste of sweetness and pine, very nice mouth and great carbonation. A really nice surprise IPA from a small town. Unfortunately the brewery wasn’t open in time for me to check it out, but nice breakfast joints are around.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ 13th Bistro Double IPA Festival, Hayward, CA. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy piney aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor with weak piney hints and hints of caramel. has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus piney finish.
thetmaxx (671) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap for beer week! Aroma is citrus hops. Poured dark, like dark copper, diminishing head with little lacing. Flavor is great. Very bitter but good malt balance. Very good ipa! Palate is medium bodied and finishes sort of dry, very drinkable.
marcus (5013) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room , Sacramento. Pours cloudy amber with a decent beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a terrific toffee and citrus flavor sticks to the palate.
Dodgrblu (312) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom hazy, almost no head, bitter upfront. Underrated.
Jimmythespoon (286) - CYPRUS - NOV 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at city beer. What an amazing ipa, truly one of the best I’ve tasted. Super citrus aroma with taste of melon and peach. Truly amazing beer.
oRos (618) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at capitol beer Sacramento. Color is hazy Orange with white head. Taste is thick with citrus and pine. Flavor finishes with a nice citrus. Nice balance
colcosta (1) - - AUG 1, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely, OUTSTANDING IPA!!!
Berryessa Brewery - Thank you!
DYCSoccer17 (3014) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
15 ounce sample on tap at Preserve in Winters, CA. Intensely hoppy aroma with a good deal of citrus orangey character. Some mango and passionfruit are also in there. I don’t get much onion aroma, which is what I initially remember about the aroma of this beer when I first had it a couple months ago. Super quaffable. Moderately hazy, unfiltered orangey body with a smallish, quickly dissipating whitish head. Starts with lots of citrus orange hops, before this becomes very resinous with some onion flavors in the middle. Intensely bitter and super grapefruity towards the finish. Light mango, but definitely super harsh with the bitterness. Would prefer more balance.
hayduke (2938) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler. This IIPA pours a hazy golden orange with a small sized white head and minimal lacing. Like many growlers I think some carbonation was gone. The nose shows citrus and tropical fruit. Medium in body and slick in mouthfeel. Flavor is potent, with a lot of malts and hops, dominated by citrus and pine. The finish is dry and nicely bitter. Decently crafted and good drinking Imperial IPA.