Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of unclejedi. Pours out a gorgeous combination of peach, orange and caramel brown, topped by a 2 finger thick, sudsy off white head. Very good retention and some nice drip lacing. A thick layer of craggy foam sits atop the beer for quite some time. Nose of grapefruit juice, oranges, caramel/toffee malt, pine cones, grassy fields and hay. First sip is heavily astringent on the tongue, followed by a deliciously acidic and tongue curling bitterness from the hops; grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, grass, hay and caramel candy are all present. Mostly though this is an unforgiving hop bomb. Medium bodied, very oily and slick on the palate. Dries out your mouth, leaving you parched after every sip and needing more. Finish is super lengthy, acidic hops, citrus, backing malts and fresh cut grass. Outstanding IPA.
rb (15) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden in colour, translucent, smooth and tasty! I would like another for sure. Like others I got a real pine flavour.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Secret Santa 2007....cloudy copper pour with light head. Pretty standard session IPA. Pine/citrus flavor thatís well balanced, could easily drink several. Solid beer. Thanks Santa!
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a medium head. Aroma just screams orangey Cascade hops. The taste is fairly balanced between a biscuty malt and bitter, orange hops. The bitterness is definitely not puckering, but stands out enough to know youíre drinking an IPA. Tasty.
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle bought in Madison back in August before the GTMW. Aroma is pine, tangerine, tropical fruit along with a nice dose of yeast. I forget how bad this Chimay chalice is for tasting hoppy beers... Orangey, copper color. Lots of residual yeast in the bottle, especially around the neck. Taste is woodsy and piney, with some bready and biscuty flavors and some light roast. There is a hint of citrus as the beer warms. I donít really get much of the citrus and tropical fruits that were hinted at in the aroma and I think the beers suffers for that, but it is still a decent IPA. Dark Horse said the beer is inspired by West Coast IPAís and I can only wonder what West Coast are they talking about, maybe Lake Huronís west coast?
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles: very cloudy orange apperance with a nice rocky head. Taste of grapefruit with a nice malt backbone. Very grassy undertones. Smooth mouthfeel.
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange appearance. Smooth, milky, silky texture, then a bit crisp on the tongue, with some dank, moderately bitter and grassy hop juice. Reaching the back it does show a bit of age, or some other defect which gives it a bit of a wet wood and cardboard note. Still, a fairly nice IPA that uses the hops well, and I imagine it’s excellent fresh from the keg.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pretty good IPA. Aroma and flavor of hops. Not overpowering, but definitely there. I would definitely drink again.
riversideAK (5650) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from pepsican. Hazy orange brown. Awesome fluffy head. Floral and grapefruit aroma with a small amount of caramel malt. Citrus and pine hops make up the flavor with light caramel malt. Lingering citrus bitterness. A touch resiny. A nice IPA.
Hoptiludrop (9) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish orange in color. Hazy since it is unfiltered. Very subtle hop aroma. Flavor is mainly of pine. Good lingering bitterness. This IPA is good but not enough for me to crave another bottle.