SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whispering Trees Liquor: Created a thick fluffy topping of foam head which will eventually retreat while the liquid below appeared a solid gold color. Aroma is upfront and hoppy but there is a delicate nose of bready malts propping this IPA up. The flavor is slightly bitter and metallic with a taste of citrus like flavors such as grapefruit and lime peel and somehow I also get a taste of dillweed –really strange?
DrSilverworm (4000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Mostly clear golden orange color. Thin wh ite head. Couple dots and ropes of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry texture. For me, this would be just an OK IPA on it’s own, but the lime leaf is what makes it respectable. I love that flavor direction. More sweet taste, light bitter, light zest. Light candy lemony twang. A little too sweet for an IPA, more bitter would be nice. But I like the lime addition. Love me some lime-citrus.
DavidWoodruff (380) - Windsor, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden color. Grassy aroma. Appropriately bitter. Light to medium bodied. Not much of interest here.
icehawk (600) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Rose petals, citrus
Aroma: Golden with lacy white head
Taste: Slight herbal bitterness in the finish.
Palate: Medium body, a bit flat, dry finish
Overall: Flavors are fairly subdued, and the herbal bitterness is the main prominent element.
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with DrSilverworm. Pours a light orange color with a finger if head that lingers and leaves a nice lace in the glass. Aroma is not overwhelming. Tastes is somewhat hoppy with a very faint hint of the herbs and lime leaf mentioned. Not my favorite ipa, but still solid.
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drfabulous (3376) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. Light body. Lots of carbonation. Hoppy with that lemon/lime taste. Decent.
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Smitty. Very hazy medium golden colour with a big frothy white head. Aroma is piney and peppery with floral undertones. Clean crackery malts with the same pine & pepper hoppy character, lightly spicy, finishing very dry and lean. Very interesting, enjoyable.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sb. Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a thick and rocky off white head. Big bright piney nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Verrrry dry mid palate. Pine cone essence and a very acetic bite that carries through the finish and the follow. Shockingly dry for socal ipa. Delicious but pretty much the opposite of the explosive juiciness you might expect from the southlands.
reebtogi (3705) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head that leaves some decent lacing rings on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit and tropical fruits with some hints of pine. Taste is a light grapefruit hop and mild pine bitterness with an underlying fruity and malty sweetness. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. A nicely done brew for the style and very easy to drink.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium glass produces a three finger thick, fluffy, off-white head that leaves some pretty lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pretty copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, almost metallic, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of Curacoa orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit juice, lots of ripe tangelo juice, tropical guava, lychee, as well as having some supporting white pepper notes, and perhaps a suggestion of woody character.
Somewhat full bodied, though it is not really sweet, and does finish fairly dry. A mixture of tangelo, ruby-red grapefruit, and guava juices, without the sweetness hits the palate at the front of a sip, while the finish has a lingering bitterness that is somewhat soft for an IPA, and there is also a touch of menthol / pine sap character that lightly perfumes the finish and bites into the tongue a bit. The bright citrus and tropical fruit notes seem a bit washed out in the flavor compared to in the nose, and there is not a replacing herbal / woody character that one usually finds in an IPA. There is a rounded, whole grain cracker, and chewy pale malt flavor to the middle of this brew that plays a nice supporting role, and actually shows that this beer could support a lot more hop character than it currently has.
The aroma showed a lot of promise for this IPA brewed with “spices” but the flavor just doesn’t have the hop bite and aggressiveness that an IPA needs. Not bad, and I wonder what was actually done here with the spices, but doesn’t quite work as a straight IPA. Not bad though, just not quite there; it is pretty to look at though.