spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Pours clear amber with a big off white head. Very well laced. Aroma is floral, piney hops. Taste is piney grapefruit orange bitter some leather hops with a firm malt component. Mouthfeel is good with perfect carbonation. Some alcohol is evident and also the effect of same. Drinkability is good if you don’t mind the 8.75% abv. Relentlessly bitter. (In a good way!)
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
200th IPA rating!- - -Pours brilliant clear copper with off white head. The aroma has a nice load of both citrus and floral-spice hops and a background of smooth malty sweetness. The taste begins with a nice pulse of sweet malts containing a hint or two of caramelization. Quickly floral hops and citrus hop flavors come to the surface and take over the flavor. I get lots of green floral hop goodness moving toward earthy hoppiness. It ends with relatively bold sweet malts. YUM!
Earlier Rating: 3/13/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours clear copper with nice off white head. The aroma is welcoming with grapefruit and tangelo mixed with sweet malts. It has a big bitter grapefruit hop flavor. Behind that are some caramelized malt notes that play second fiddle to the hops. Overall it comes up a little thin for the style.
bhensonb (10202) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. [021 09]Brilliant reddish copper color with a multi-finger off-white head. Nice aromas of citrus and floral. Medium body with mildly frothy carbonation. Flavor is very hoppy. Floral and citrus. The malt is background. Finish is slightly astringent, lightly burning, but it’s not harshly bitter. But it’s bitter. Very good.
Earlier Rating: 5/7/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Huge aroma of pine and grapefruit, with detectable malt. Beautiful copper amber color with an off-white head that stays and lightly tries to lace. Medium mouthfeel, burst of mixed hop, followed by strong malt. However, the malt comes and goes quickly, as this is all about a hop finish. Creamy with a bite. Relatively mild carbonation. It might get better than this, but not often.
BrownDogBeer (50) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle 2009 Batch 1. Pours a medium amber with a slightly tan head with good lacing.. Aroma of hops with a hint of sweet citrus and a little pine. Initial taste a whirlwind of hops with overall a very good hop profile. the beer has slight hints of the malt but overall the bitterness from the hops wins out over and hint of malt. Very good bitterness even though a little less then i had expected.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
09 version. Poured into a pint glass. Translucent amber color with a big creamy light-tan head. Tons of sticky lacing and great retention.
Aromas of underripe grapefruit, pine, maybe a tinge of lime. Not all that robust.
Flavor is hugely piney with some herbal notes and an undercurrent of unsweet citrus. Malt profile is very subdued, with maybe a little caramel malt sweetness but not much. Bitterness is between medium and high, and there’s some slightly metallic astringency. Definitely a hophead’s IPA. Could use more bitterness and maybe a bit more complexity. Mouthfeel is dry with nice carbonation and medium body. Pretty good.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger beige head that leaves great lacing. The nose is ripe citrus and sweet caramel malt. The taste is orange peel, tangerine, toffee and pink grapefruit with a lasting bitter resin finish. Gets a tad cloying as it warms. Medium bodied – much better than I anticipated. Thanks J!
Earlier Rating: 5/23/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Bomber. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Nose is malt, mild citrus and pine. Palate is sweet malt upfront, with a bitter resin bite at the end. Citrus is overpowered by both. Medium mouth feel with light lacing. Unbalanced brew and not what I have experienced with other IIPAs.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very enticing appearance with a yummy, pungent, predominately hops aroma with some light citrus notes. almost seems like a regular ipa when it hits your mouth. palette is very clean through mid drink, but a slightly overpowering hopsyness in the back palette starts to emerge as the drink finishes, briefly exposing the drinks true content. otherwise a very clean palette for an iipa. overall a good beer as it is cleaner than most other heavy ipa’s. i would recommend it. great drinkabilty even through 2 bombers!
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Awesome, awesome new label. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a beautiful, dense, fairly long-lived creamy tan head. Big bold aromas of pine, wood, pepper, and a bit of underripe citrus. Creamy medium body. Very earthy and woody malt presence under the hops; nice resin, wood, and pine notes on the mid-palate as well. Kind of like a PNW english barleywine in a lot of ways. Delicious.
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Draft at T.S. McHugh’s. Nice with the dingle pie and clam chowder. Hazy copper with moussy bergs of white fluff atop. Acres of sticky lace all the way down. Some sweet biscuit and trace hints of loamy earth on the nose. Both drowned by the tangy bitter resin and pine scents. Nothing too fancy for a DIPA. Nice mix of biscuit and pine on the mid-palate, decent body, and a longish bitter resin finish. Not really an i2pa. More of an i.5pa. Gladly drink it again tomorrow, or never, doesn’t really matter which.
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bittercreek (Boise): Cloudy goldish-brown with frothy off-white head and sticky lacing. Warm and inviting hop aroma of hay, almost sweet but powerful hops. The flavor is super hopalicious. Besides the normal bitter notes it has a lot of flavor of grapefruit rind and other earthy elements. It also hides the higher alcohol % well. It has a tasty great finish that sticks with you. In a word, delightful!
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with Miketd. Pours a pretty, clear red orange that glows, sticky eggshell head. Nose is fresh and hoppy, probably amarillo and simcoe in here. fruity and sharp with peppery element. Taste is very hop forward with a awesome malt body to back it up. Very different. A bit of cattyness, but that could be Chinook, who knows. I think this should be under IIPA, but whatever. Imminently drinkable and delicious. Awesome. Thanks Mike.