danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch D8121. Pours almost red with some red orange edges. A bit cloudy with a frothy white head. Nice sweet floral aromas. Taste has a nice sweetness to it. Some good citrus (a late lemon bite), some pine too, vague hints of caramel, Definitely astringent and a good little bitter finish. Tasty!
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (c&c) from South Bay Drug. Batch 08121.Coppery amber color with a three-finger beige head. Moderate lacing. Very fruity aroma - not much malt. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is not extremely bitter. Fruity hops with enough caramel to arguably balance. Sort of oscillates between fruit and resin. Very smooth. A slight astringency. Almost crisp. The brewer apparently thinks oxidation won’t be a problem: ’’Keep some in the cellar ...’’ Since it’s B.C., wish I’d bought more so I could do that. Smoother than Fullers 1845, but it brought that one to mind. Brilliant. Seems more piney after awhile.
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper amber color with a medium sized off white head. Nose is caramel malt, citrus, and hops. Taste is sweet and refreshing with lots of carbonation and a nice bite on the back end. Solid.
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. Very gold. Fluffy white head with a nice fresh hop nose. Taste-very fresh, citrusy, with a nice but not overwhelming hop profile. Easy and smooth drinker and a bit overcarbonated. Nice effort and one to look out for again.
piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample. Dark orange in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are of caramel malts, mild citrusy hops, and a bit of pine. The chewy malts are front and centre in the mouth, along with notes of candied orange, orchard fruit, and pepper-like spices. Not very bitter for an IPA, especially one that’s almost a IIPA in terms of alcohol strength.It needs more hops to balance things out.
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared via piscator. Pours a murky tangerine with huge head, three four fingers easy. Nose- very rich smelling, caramel just a little hop citrus. Taste- thick and chewy, big caramel sweetness. Hops are muted by the malt, not much of a piney or citrus feel to it. More spicy than bitter really. Low to medium carbonation and heavy bodied.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always interesting when we get some random midwest brewery randomly starting to be distributed here. SUPER lacy frothy, super microscopic bubbled light tan head on gleaming ultra-hazed burnt orange. Nose of sweet pine, overripe grapefruit, and fresh cut grass. Surprisingly dry flavors, clean as all hell, with SUPER fresh piney hop flavors. I love that spicy hop touch that we NEVER see here in the west coast. There’s a firm malt body but for whatever reason, it isnt sweet, it’s simply perfectly balancing so there really isn’t much bitterness...just piney hop flavors and a nuetral, deep, earthy balance. This is seriously a very very very well made IPA...probably one of my favorites as of late.
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Never tried an IPA before but I’m glad I started here. Distinctly hoppy flavor and aroma, which should be obvious considering the concept of the beer. Smooth and delicious with notes of amber, wheat, and citrus fruits.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good all around. Nice smooth and complex. Hoppy, fruity, malty and almost tropical sweetness. Some apples too. I would love some more of this.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Haze amber color with a nice head. Aroma of peach, caramel, sweet bananas, and citrus. Flavor of citrus, caramel, alcohol, and sweetness. Also a nice, strong taste of hops. Ends up smooth, bitter and nice. I was really into this big IIPA, need to pick up a few more bottles.