PatrickSwayze (5) - - JAN 15, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just bought a bottle of this at my local liquor store hearing that it was new and great tasting. So of course i had to check for myself.
A: Poured into a tulip glass with a crazy frothy head that soon fell away into the corners of the beer that lasted the entire sesh. Bright golden in color and clear as day.
S: Wow, this IPA is insane. Citrus lemon, orange and peaches dominate the nostrils.
T: And yes wow again the flavor is just remarkable. Coming in at 9% this beer has no reminisce of a hot alcohol flav but straight up exactly how the smell would taste. Its a great balanced hop bitterness that is complemented by the orange lemony notes. Hints of tangerine on the back of the tongue make this an extremely easy drinking IPA that i would love to drink again.
M: Had a great dryness to it easily allowing you to drink more, but i felt could have used a little more depth in the mouthfeel. Ran just a tad bit too thin.
O: Wow his beer is really amazing. I wouldn’t have minded a tad bit more body as well as a little bit more bitterness but the bitterness is not something i would knock it for. Damn good tasting IPA especially for the price.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super thanks to stefanje for this fantastic bottle of gold! Pours a hazy orange amber with a huge white head than disappears quickly. As I was pouring the hops just flew out of the bottle....big citrus, pine, fruits and flowers....lots going on in this beer, it was like I unleashed a caged animal. The nose on this beer will be burned into my memory for years to come. Flavor is just as good as the nose. The base is a rather sweet malt flavor, but the hop depth, tropical fruit and spices on this beer integrate so well....fantastic balance for a DIPA. Finish was long I think, but I kept drinking so fast it was hard to tell. After each sip was a, "Damn, this is good beer." Highly recommended. Thanks again Stefan, for making my night so memorable.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. The aroma was of flowery hops, citrus zest, apricot, pale malt, and spices. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was short and off white with decent retention and lacing. Surprisingly fruity with distinct peach and grapefruit up front supported by pineapple, pale malts, and a hint of clove. The pineapple asserted itself even more toward the end and there was a hint of graham cracker. Ample sweetness mitigated the hop bitterness somewhat, which peaked at about 3-4 out of 10. Good stuff.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at main tap tavern. Pours a hazy amber orange with medium white head Aroma is full of floral hops grapefruit some pine. Flavor is about the same very sweet with belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. By far the best from coronado brewing.
jfitzy78 (8) - Belgiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The taste starts quite acidic and fruity before a mild dose of pale malts and caramel comes about. Yeasty and a tad wheaty before a moderately spicy and herbal finish. The mouth feel is slightly sharp and lively, chalky ashy finish did lessen the enjoyment however.
Goodgrief (1742) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach. Golden color, smallish head. Man, what a complex assortment of flavors. Pear-like light fruit, with citrus notes, some breadiness. Sweet, tart and bitter with a lively mouthfeel. Really excellent.
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone Brewery. Pour is a murky, darker, shade of orange. Thick medium white head; alright lacing but it did not retain well on the glass. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, pineapple from the hops. Taste is impressive with loads buttery oak pineapple, and citrus hops. A tad bitter in the finish. Great diesely aftertaste. Very good double ipa from a brewer we don’t see yet. Reminded me of white oak aged jai alai. Best beer I had on tap at a lackluster Stone Brewery.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright orange/gold color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is a pine forest. Reminds me of living in Oregon...walking outside leads to an explosion of evergreen tree aromas. Flavor is hops, citurs and pine with a decent amount of malt balancing the taste. Body is medium and pleasant. Overall a very good IIPA...I’ve been very impressed with the beers from this brewpub.
StefanSD (2014) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from Bevmo. Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a big sudsy white head that lasts only a short while. The aroma is sharp and complex with biter hops in the forefront and citrus herbs, white pepper, evergreen trees and a bit of funk all present. This is perhaps the most interesting nose on an IIPA yet. The flavor is as complex as the nose; there is plenty of tropical fruit--oranges, lemons and pineapple-- also caramel, fresh cut grass and some sour grapes. All set in a biter hop backdrop. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter hops and lemon. Overall: Previously available only on tap, this is the first of a new bottle release and this blows away the tap stuff. This is a first rate beer from a brewery that I’d always considered something of an under-performer(relative to the other SD breweries)(but no more).
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of CelticBrew- thanks much for this one, Jim. Pours out a deep amber with just the faintest haze, and a spare, fading off white head and some spotty strands of lace.
Complex aroma with lots of citrus, some spice, yeast, light fruit, floral hops, and I think there’s even a very distant hint of funkiness. Medium body. light carbonation, some astringency, and mildy resinous as well. Flavor solidly supported by sweet maltiness, toffee like, but the bitterness starts quickly and continues to build into a spicy, dry, and long finish. Alcohol is never really apparent, except for the effects.
If nothing else, this is certainly unusual, although I really enjoyed it. It’s almost like a hybrid of an IPA and a saison.