sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to zeswaft for sharing. i didn’t like or dislike this. i got the citrus hops coming across in both aroma and to a tiny bit even in the flavor.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty mild IPA but typical in its citrus hops. Could probably pass for a pale but more bitter.
greenhorn1 (732) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. First whiff and knew it was going to be a great IPA. The aroma of C-hops with a presence of sweet carmel malt. It tasted the same with a nice hop bite that lingers with some fruitiness and floral notes. It poured a golden straw, wtih a bit of chill haze, with little to no head. The carbonation was high with some lacing. This is a great West Coast IPA.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On hand pump at Lanesplitter in Oakland.
West coast IPA, lots of "C" American hops in here, but not overbearing. Well balanced. A bit of caramel sweetness, but not too much. A little dark in color for an IPA, but I don’t mind that at all. Nice and cloudy, in the good sort of way. A great IPA!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 22 oz bottle from Bevmo: Pours a nice dark golden almost amber color. Not much head, but lots of lacing. Smells very hoppy.....looks good. Pretty much a standard, solid west coast IPA.
On a side note, I grew up 10 miles south of GIlroy and so this beer has a special place in my heart. The fact that the town of Gilroy is putting out quality beers puts a tear in my eye. Anyway, good stuff. Cheers to the Central coast!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pellucid auburn, thick sticky head, light lacing. Nose of resinous hops and light caramels. The flavor is sweet and chewy, light hoppy candy, smooth and balanced, light dry hops. Finishes a bit vegetal. An overall well built California style IPA with a focus on the floralness. Pleasing.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Foolish Mortal for this one. Deep coppery ruby pour with 2-finger off-white head and great lacing. The aroma is heavy piney hops, pineapple, honeydew, canteloupe, and caramel malt. The flavor is tropical fruity, piney hoppy, with a good caramel malt base, and even a hint of cobwebby funk. This one is unbelievably smooth, complex, and well balanced, and an elite IPA.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a great beer to end the night with. Big citrus hops right up front, sticky resin mouthfeel, with some decent sweet maltiness to balance it all out. Medium bodied, and very well balanced, and just so easy to drink and very complimentary flavors. They got this one just right!
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<!-- B -->Bottle<!-- /B --> Pours a medium orange/amber. Very nice full off white head and heavy sticky lacing. Aroma was bright citrusy hops. Flavor was not too heavy on the malt body but very strong on sharp hoppy bitterness. I would have liked a heavier feel, but quite tasty. Thanks Chad.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour of this IPA is one of the best I’ve seen. Orange-amber with a dense off-white head. Aroma is flowery with some pine. The taste is crisp with hops but is soon balanced by malt and caramel flavors. Dry finish. A surprisingly good IPA. Get this over the Calcutta 420.