Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear with a gold hue. Foamy head with multi-sized bubbles. Fresh, hoppy nose. First sip unleashes assertive hops that are nice up front, but become a little rough around the edges in the finish and aftertaste. Very floral, perfume-like and grassy. Subtly sweet caramel in the malts barely keeps up. Sharp and harsh finish coats the mouth with an astringent bitterness that lingers too long. Not entirely bad, but it definitely has a jagged edge.
ben4321 (3334) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 3/19/12
Aroma: The nose has some orange/tangerine, a little grapefruit, and some malty notes too
Appearance: It pours a cloudy orange color with a fizzy white head and fairly heavy lacing
Flavor: The taste is mid-sweet up-front, mostly citrus, balanced by a later hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a an average-plus carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish
This was my first beer from Black Diamond. I thought this was a pretty solid IPA, but it wasn’t a standout in the style.
BillKismet (3163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronzed hue with a solid, hop-pocked head. Floral, resiny nose that is redolent of fresh hop leafs and with a fluorish of summer honeysuckle. The body is considerably more dank and tannic than the aroma indicates. A touch of skunk cabbage and heavy co-humulons along with a tannic floral hop leaf flavor, ending with both acerbic, yet somehow alkaline twang that is bitter-sour and off-key.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity floral hop nose, some perfumey soapy notes - noticed this in the Rampage recently as well - house yeast? INteresting. Malt back bone is lightly sweet, pale perhaps a touch of caramel. Pours golden orange, nice head and lace. The flavor is nice and fruity up front with a touch of pale malt sweetness, a hint of caramel, soapy potpurri flavor - again noticed in the Rampage. Nice flavors, odd yeast esters. Dry, a little dusty as well. Not bad at all, just interesting IMO.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly clear light-orange. Bitter, piney aroma, with just a bit of sweetness coming through. Flavor is super piney and bitter, with little malt sweetness, and a medium body. A good choice if you are looking for a crisp, dry, and bitter IPA.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle picked up in Vacaville
Appearance: Clear golden with a small off-white head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Fruity, caramel and citrus
Taste: Dusty caramel, malty and citrus
Ok, not very hoppy
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly dark hazy orange color with a medium-sized off-white head. Looks like a wheat beer. Aroma is very hoppy with resin and some grapefruit. Also some caramel and oranges. Taste has lots of citrus and hops. The flavor transitions into a fruity and sweet taste. Some grain flavors as well. A bitter finish, but the aftertaste is long and sweet with orange notes. Overall quite nice.
alexanderj (3193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; clear orange type color with a big frothy head. Aroma of earth, fruit, orange, yeast, lemon, and some zesty type hints. Alot of citrus. Flavor had alot of bitterness too it; zesty and citrus/orange. Definitely has a bite to it and has some good orange notes. Pleasant surprise.
reebtogi (3703) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650mL bottle poured a golden color with about 2 fingers of white head that had some nice retention and some fine lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and some grain. Taste is a nice balance of hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. A slightly above average IPA that was a treat to sample.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Pours a clear deep golden brass with a clingy-lacing white head. Has a fresh resiny grapefruity hop nose with some lightly sweet pale malts. Starts with good fullness and light malty sweetness with juicy hop flavor before a crisp bittersweet finish. A nicely balanced and enjoyable IPA.