BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Pours a clear orange/amber hue with a BIG creamy, white head that is mostly sustaining, excellent lacing throughout, tiny bubbles
S- Nose is a mix of pine resin, earthiness, citrus, and some sweet malts
T- Nice west coast IPA, initial taste is mostly dry bitter hops followed by some very faint citrus and sweet malts, finish is brief and acidic
M- Medium-bodied, coats the tongue, carbonation feels a tad high
D- Hmmm, a very interesting take on IPA style whose flavor is dominated by hops and is slightly unbalanced, this isn’t too detrimental but keeps this choice out of the top tier for West Coast IPAs, fairly drinkable at 7%abv due to a well-masked alcohol presence
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a clear gold with a fully lacing frothy white head. Nose is sweet and floral hops. Flavors are sweet hop, grapefruit, alcohol. Mouth is moderately dry with a bitter finish. Pretty good brew.
DSG (5672) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 Re-rate 1/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Clear golden. Aroma of stale hops, a bit citric. Flavor has a bit of sweetish malt, stale hops, a bit citric, and mild bitterness. Medium-bodied. Too old, not calculated in score. 5/3/6/3/11=2.8
(11/5/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Coronado. 7.2%. Clear amber color. aroma of floral hops, citrus and caramel hints. Bitter hoppy flavor with some malt, caramel notes, grapefruit and fruit notes. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a very mild amber orange. smells of citrus hops.. initial hit to the palate is that of a centennial hops that dont overstay their welcome.crisp, to the point and medium bodied for an IPA, but very solid
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 On tap @ the brewpub on Coronado Island. Hazy orange with a dense yellowish head. Very potent citrus oil and resin aroma. Chewy malts balance the big fruity bitterness of the generous hops. Very nice.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a large fluffy white head with a clear golden body. Great lacing and good retention. Aroma is all fresh grapefruit hoppiness with light caramel notes. Taste is a ton of hops with caramel toastiness and cereal. Bitter finish. Water like mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Some alcohol as well.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Orange amber color with no head. It barely even left an oilslick. Bitter hopbomb on the nose, but NOT the thick piny sweetness you sometimes get. Alcohol and Yeast. Flavor is fresh and yeasty. More sweetness in flavor than the nose hinted. Messy sticky on the class. Good beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Big Pour Mesa, AZ. Unexpected. This was a great beer on tap, honestly a favorite of the event. Very aggressive, more IIPA than single, with juicy grapefruit, ripe oranges, lemon zest, and every other sticky type of citrus available. Vibrant gold with hints of fire engine red rippling through it. Floral hops and biting pine...wow!!!
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Draft Magazine’s Big Pour in Mesa. Pours a medium amber with off white head. Nose is sweet floral and citrus hops. Taste is sweet ripe citrus, tart grapefruit and resin. Medium mouth feel. Great IPA.
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Dark yellow to orange color, thin head. Big citrus aroma with some very nicely balanced hop flavors containing mandarin orange and grapefruit. Has a sweeter finish than other SD IPA from what I can tell. Very good tasting beer.