emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to glenn for sharing at the Carolina Gathering. Pours a copper gold with a thick creamy white. The nose is very fresh, citrusy, very hoppy, extremely fruity and fresh, grapefruit and orange. The flavor is waxy and citrusy, grapefruit peel, ends up being a tad off. The palate is waxy and bitter. Ends up being decent but could have been better.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful long-lasting head that you could rest a dime on. They nailed the west-coast-style, palate and flavour. Tasty, smooth and so mellow. Wow, the balance between the malt backbone and bitterness is nicely done. If you want a gigantic hop presence then this is not for you. A bit of a contradictory statement, but I actually prefer my IIPA’s with more balance and not a singular over-the-top hop "punch" to the nose.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to David for bringing of the bomber. Poured a pale-ish medium golden with a tall, fluffy, sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up soft, dusty grapefruit sweetness with pine and grassy hoppage around.. I got more malt than hops. The flavor had sweet grapefruit and grainy paler malts supporting moderate + grapefruit and pine bitterness.. finished warm, spicy, and bitter.. tasty. Creamy, heavier carbonation on the palate with a drier, almost stale feel.. juicy at the end.. I dug this by the end.
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey-amber colour. Mango, simcoe nose with yuzu and chewy malts. Strong, but with a sweet hop fruitiness. Very bright. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Very bitter finish with woody hints of alcohol and light crystal malt chewiness. Suprisingly did not leave any lace on my glass.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coronado Brewery--Light amber/orange body indicative of San Diego IPA style. Small, wispy, swirly white head. Simcoe and Summit hops really come out in the nose. Oniony sweet. Mildly cloying up front on the tongue. Finished smooth.
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small yellow rim; duller orange-mahogany beer. Good hoppy nose, not overpowering, resiny and citrus aroma’s, fresh-smelling. Bitter-hoppy with caramel & toasted malts. Unripe fruit and nearly tart. Slightly wry and burning MF; medium bodied. A good one, with some balance and not exaggerated.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap @ brewpub. Amber, not much lacing. Faint nose includes tree bark and flavors include woodsy esters and a myriad of spices too. Excellent quaffability.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy light orange color. Head was sticky, off white, and reduced to a thin lasting film. A curtain of lace was left behind on the glass. The aroma was subdued overall with flower blossom and sweet orange citrusy elements. The flavors were also understated and well balanced. The hops imbued a distinct orange note accompanied by biscuity malt. There was hefty hop bitterness that peaked late at about 7 out of 10. Good beer. Nothing too overpowering. I prefer IIPA’s like this one that favor the hops above the malt.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle from Dunk, thanks! Cloudy apricot color with medium fluffy head. Aroma of straight fruity hops. Mango/apricot mainly. The taste was the same with light malt and good sweetness. This shit was really good. I need some more.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong hop aroma and taste, and not much else. However, it was a great balance of hops, emphasizing the grassy and fragrant hops in the aroma, and a light spice in the taste. A good study of hop flavors complementing one another.