Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Rating #21. Kind of a darkish straw yellow with a little orange thrown in there, the head was white and kind of thin with moderate lacing. Grainy aroma with a light hop undertone a little citrus but not much else. Bitter up front, sticks around for awhile as well, not a whole lot else going on. Not the best, but it was ok. (1168)
Dogbrick (8139) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a clear amber-orange color with a very thick off-white head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and perfumy hops. Medium body with a citrusy hops flavor and mild malt undertones. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Decent IPA overall.
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
kind of tricky to rate this one. doesnít look like much, small head. flavor is toasty, nice malt backing with a bitter floral hop aftertaste that lingers for a long time. very grassy flavor in the mouth, which i kind of like but i donít blame you if you donít. the long hoppy finish is the best part of this beer. the flavor isnít bad, maybe a little one dimensional but the bitterness is assertive. when it warms up the malts open up and give it more character and redeems itself. before warming itís VERY thin in the mouth with a long bitter finish that comes out of nowhere. after it warms up it comes together quite a bit more. not a knockout, but decent and solid enough for me.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rich orange with a large foamy head that thins out slowly. Aroma has modest fruity hops and a little alcohol. Flavor is floral, hoppy, pretty simple and straightforward. Average mouthfeel, medium density. Overall, good.
Oscbert (1022) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
~Aroma of citrus hops, a mixture of orange and grapefruit, clean malty sweetness, tart, similar to a red sweet tart.
~Giant, foamy, rocky white head. Pours 75% foam. Head takes awhile to die down and last at about a 1/2 inch. Cloudy orangish copper color.
~ Citrusy resinous hop flavor. Medium malt backbone that supports hop bitterness.
~Medium bodied with hop derived astringency, medium high carbonation, slight warming, sticky, yet dry. Has a slightly harsh bitter finish.
~The head is too huge! Makes it hard to try and drink it. Overall I did enjoy it.
Aquilo (541) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a new local beer, so I feel obligated to try it. Pours cloudy amber with a head that looks a bit too fizzy to be real. Not much aroma. I feel that an IPA should grab you by the nose as soon as you open the bottle. Here we have some faint hop smell and a touch of honey sweetness. Flavor is also rather one note. Just grassy hops. Astringent finish. Another boring IPA.
dbhanson (3) - Cameron Park, Ca, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
old time west coast IPA flavor. Reminds me of Grants. Hoppy with an edge, high abv, smoother and more enjoyable with every sip.
blubba222 (2) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2009 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I bought this in a variety pack from COSTCO. While I enjoyed the Amber Ale, I was looking forward to the IPA. The head took up half of the glass and never dissipated. I laughed as the beer gushed out of my mouth having sipped from the bottle. After spooning off the foam (1/2 hour after pouring) the beer was OK - wouldnít buy it again. Their Amber Ale was much better.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Huge gusher upon pouring, with a massive frothy head over a dull, chunky amber body. I swear there is brett in the aroma, with a lot of bright berry fruit esters and some herbal hops. Dry as a bone and bitter. Medicinal aftertaste. Highly carbonated and thin in the mouth Definitely infected, but it seems like a brett infection that sort of makes it interesting and not horrible, just not at all an IPA in the modern sense. Hm... I guess I need to go get another bottle, though I hope this is an isolated problem.
hayduke (3369) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle out of a six pack purchased from Market of Choice in Eugene, Oregon this poured a clear rich amber with a nice white head and good lacing. Nose of citrus, floral, and pine hops. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is bitter and of citrus. Long bitter finish. Good IPA.