mcberko (11949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355mL can, pours golden / copper with a medium white head. Aroma of potent pine hops, grapefruit and citrus. Flavour is a piney hop blast all the way through, with hints of grapefruit, citrus, and a little caramel sweetness. Wonderful IPA.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty tasty IPA. Great citrus flavor. Solid flavors, juicy and wholesome, with nips of lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine. Bit of pine and grass, too. Solid malt backbone has caramel, cocoa powder and a subtle smack of honey. Great balance and fitting bitterness level.
gunnar (7396) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours light hazy and pale orange with a big frothy light tanned head. Aroma of citrus and fruits, pineforest, and also some sweet fruity malts.Taste is on the hoppy side, dry and fruity. Ends with a resiny hop bitterness. Good beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can, courtesy of joet. Thanks, Joe! Pours a surprisingly dark color for an IPA: hazy, amber-orange color; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with modest retention and lacing; still concerned by the color, and Iím hoping this isnít overloaded with darker crystal malt. Some moderate citrusy and earthy hop character in the nose, along with a non-trivial crystal malt contribution (at least it isnít overpowering); between the sweetness, the modest hop profile, and the crystal malt, Iím not exactly enthralled as of yet, though things seem put together reasonably well; by no means my favorite sort of interpretation of the style; midwest-y, in my opinion, moreso than west coast. Medium body (to slightly larger); medium or less carbonation (a bit undercarbonated for the lingering sweetness); reasonably smooth, and no show of warming alcohol; there are some solid citrus and earthy hop flavors here, nicely bitter for the amount of malt itís pushing against; the crystal character, again, just does nothing for me, and thereís some darker caramel contributions as well, all crystalline sugar-like; a hint of a vegetal note at the core, but Iíd guess this is just some grassiness from the hop additions. This beer presents well a common IPA interpretation that I donít generally care for: heavily earthy hoppiness, lots oí crystal malt, lingering sweetness. Not for me. Lengthy finish, with both some earthy hop bitterness and sticky sugar / crystal maltiness carrying through to the end; something like balanced, but that crystal-malt character just doesnít leave the palate.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a flaming copper with an autumny orange hue. Light off-white colored head. Somewhat sticky lace. Resiny pine nose, herbal and grassy. It is an assertive little brew. Hops blast from beginning to end. Pine sap, unsweetened grapefruit, citrus pith, newly sawn oak.....a lot of fresh grass and herbs. Malt profile is nice but just a tad less sweet than I prefer. Very full feel with a punchy hop astrigency on the finish. Overall a very fresh IPA with an enticing, modest aroma and vibrant flavors. The $14 price tag for a sixer is a little hard to choke down though.
asedzie (784) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours rich copper with rocky head. Aroma is deep pine resins, very full sense of sticky alpha acid, light citrus fruit. Flavor is a bit subtle, definitely not a big IPA, but a very satisfying hop-focused brew. Light caramel and toasty malt flavors, a wave of resiny bitterness starting mid-swig and overwhelming the palate towards the end. Mouth is left coated with a pleasant rush of menthol-like pine and some bright citrus notes. Exceptional IPA in the rest of the world, though Iím sure this is just standard for the Pacific NW drinker.
joshuahfl (47) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pours a clear gold with a frothy white head. Aromas are very pleasant. Piney hops, citrus, and sweet honey. Creamy with mild carbonation. Flavor is big hops and light malt sweetness. Refreshing and delicious.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lively clear amber. big fluffy sustained tannish head. amazing lacing.... Initial aroma indicates some sweet caramel malts, lots of citrus and possibly some apples... Livelyness doesnt translate to the palate, not very dry though some nice finishing bitterness... A little too much on the malty side for me, the hops dont pop the way i like, caramel, slight citrus, too sweet, very good though for the canned beers out there....
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can brought back from Oregon by larryLSB. Dark orange with a lasting head. Sticky orange and tangerine aroma with some fresh cut fir. seems just a touch faded. sweet candied malt with candied orange and some sticky resiny hops as well. Sweet through the finish with lasting bitterness as well. Orange persists. Just a little too sweet in the balance toward the end. Medium bodied and smooth. The orangey hops are cool but the finish has a weird empty sweetness that is hard to get over and hold this back from being a great IPA.
DuffMan (8819) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Clear orange amber, generous dense light golden head, thick lacing. Fresh citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma. Hop driven palate, lots of grapefruit, pine resin finish, long and bitter end. An awesome IPA in a can!