19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense hop complexity - monster resin and pine with a citrus component of fresh, distilled grapefruit. Very floral and aromatic. A bit of a soapy finish but rounded out with the strong caramel malt. Clean and impressive.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2007 Total Score: 3.9
Rich, malty IPA with a definite, pronounced sharp , fresh hop finish. It does taste a little too fresh, the bitterness is very sharp and stings , however they are two of my favorite hop styles so the blow is lessened. A little thin too. Really nice brew overall - would be better without the edge.
Re-Rate - April 17, 2008; Purchased a bottle of the new batch. More mellow than previously. Sweet, honeysuckle upfront and a muted astringent finish. Very floral and citrusy- I get some soft pine notes as well. Slightly roasted malt - Old Rating 3.7, New Rating 3.9
3fourths (8288) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Ridiculously fresh, supple, gooey, dripping, glistening pineapple and
pear flavored hop oils. Candied cherries and sugared, gummy pineapple
slices tickle the front of the tongue, while a soft oiliness and a
chewy richness of body overtakes the palate. Sharpness builds over
the middle, finishing with a snappy but rounded bite on the back of
the throat. Just an insane IPA. Everything I love in IPA - clean,
oily, extremely fresh, fullness from proper protein breakdown during
mashing. Last bottle I had was weird :/
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ the PDX pub. Slighly more floral and fruity than I remembered. A little bitter w/ aspirin hoppy notes takes away from this overall well done brew.
Earlier Rating: 5/23/2008 Total Score: 2.6
bottle from southbay. Not impressed with this one. No hop aroma. Flavor is like a muted fresh hop pa. Drain pour.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice caramel color with a medium off white head. Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, coriander, citrus and malt. Flavor is piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, coriander, citrus, oily resinous hoppy and bitter. Loads of caramel malt to balance out the bitternes. Good IPA, more like a DIPA......way better than the other (last years) hop henge. Actually worthy of the name.
Earlier Rating: 5/3/2008 Total Score: 4
Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a nice thick soapy head. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus and malt. Flavor of hops, malt, sugar, with a little bit of bitterness that is balanced pretty well with the sweetness in the end. Not as extreme as some of the Imperial IPA’s out there, but still pretty tasty stuff.
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 Bottle... Poured burnt orange with a white head. Aroma of strong hops and very leafy, grassy and herbal. Nice thick, foamy palate that teased the tongue a bit. Mostly dominant hop flavors with a bit of smoked, wood-like undertones and a sweet, caramel acidity.. Pretty solid, but not as individualistic as I would hope for in an I-IPA.
hapjydeuce (958) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up from BevMo in Mira Mesa. Shared with Katie. Deep amber color with nice creamy head development and fine white lacing. Fresh, hoppy aroma of ginger spice, grapefruit, light apricot, toffee and caramel crystal malt influence. Thick, malty flavor, which I like in my IPA’s. Malty backbone is nicely supplemented with a sappy, dry-hopped bitterness in the finish. Tastes very green throughout, with lots of grapefruit. Very enjoyable.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that clings to the sides as it recedes to a collar leaving good lacing.
The aroma is outstanding with tons of sweet citrus fruit hoppiness - grapefruit, mangos and especially pineapples. There are some floral hops mixed in with enough malts to balance it out in the nose. Fantastic aroma.
The taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma for me, a much more bitter representation of the smell. The hops are dominated more by the floral than the citrus and have a fairly abrasive feel to them, especially building up in the finish. There is only a slight malt presence in the background, mostly bready.
The mouthfeel is sticky with the hop juice with good carbonation and, as earlier stated, a slight abrasiveness throughout.
The nose is great on this one and the rest of it is very good. Another very good IPA from the west coast.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and very slightly hazy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Some lacing was left on the glass as the head diminished. Aromas of fruitiness, citrus, floral, caramel, and pine. Tastes of pine, citrus, lighter fruitiness (vs. the aromas), floral, and caramel. The floralness came out more and more as I drank and enjoyed this one. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2007 Total Score: 3.5
22oz bottle share courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, some caramel, citrus, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Medium bitter with only a trace of a malt balance. Struck me to be more of an IPA vs. an IIPA.
Ratman197 (10302) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, earthiness, orange, light grapefruit and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, orange zest and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/24/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Bomber poured a hazy copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine and light citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, pine and a hint of grapefruit rind with a lingering bitter finish.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Beverages 4 Less. Burnt orange-amber with a big fluffy head. Nose is perfect IIPA. Hoppy, piny, sweet citrus. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit and pineapple. Some creamy smoothness too. Yummy.