Niksko (413) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber with a fine off white head. Nose is subdued but nice. I get some mango, grapefruit zest, a little dank caramel. Flavor is similarly restrained, but shows impeccable balance. I get some really juicy mango and guava flavors on the attack, followed by some lime and grapefruit on the mid palate, along with some candy orange. The finish is long and evolves. It starts bitter with a grapefruit peel flavor, but then mellows into a slightly toasty, slightly spicy biscuity flavor.
The aroma though nice, isnít really a smack in the face. However the flavor is really wonderful, nuanced, balanced and complex. Slightly syrupy body which I wouldnít have expected for a 5.5% beer. Really worth drinking.
chicagotjm (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deschutes beers are hit or miss with me. This one was a miss. Great aroma and appearance, but lacks body and really tasted watered-down. Surprised by the high score as this one really did not do it for me as far as pale ales go.
commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at lucky 13. Light copper with small white head and decent lacing. Subtle aroma for the style. Smooth for an ipa. Hop and floral bitterness not as pronounced as expected. Nice and mellow.
Zymurgeist2 (1178) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint. Tropical juiciness dominate both aroma and flavor. Pours a clear golden-amber with off white head. Could use more malt backing. Can squeeze the citric, tropical juice out of this. Too one-sided. Low bitterness.
Seannpc (54) - - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma with a burnt amber hue. Cloudy with a light start and smooth finish
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Frank (3204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is something. I do not think Iíve had a beer w/ a strong peach ring candy aroma other than random garbage w/ apricot extract added. The nose on this is just huge and super fruity. It was almost shocking at first but settles in nicely. I am not normally one to attribute peachy flavors to crystal hops but thatís what they have in this so there you have it. This is overall quite a nice beer that pours a slightly hazed orange w/ tons of lace left behind as its fine bubbled white head slowly dissipates. This is farily full bodied and a little bit sweet. It seems to have picked up a slight astringent note from dry hopping which along w/ some lemon notes give the impression of sweetened iced tea. It finishes w/ a lingering honey note and a solid bit of bitterness. This is a really nice beer and probably one of the best hop-centric bres Iíve had from the brewery.
kambei70 (741) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a nice off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma is a nice sweet malt with pine. Taste is the same with some citrus and a nice bitterness that cuts through the sweetness and lingers on the tongue just enough. Medium mouthfeel.
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EyeAmBaldman (356) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a thick off white head. Aroma is slightly metallic with hints of malt and bitter hops. Leaves good lacing in the glass. Medium carbonation in the mouth with notes of malt, caramel and earthiness. Has a fair amount of hoppy bitterness on the back end. This is a pretty good APA.
ContemplateBeer (1634) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Spicy pine hop character with a little tangerine; a surprisingly moderate caramel malt bill as well. Appearance: Slightly hazy copper body with a lively stream of carbonation supporting a foamy white head that mostly stays afloat. Flavor: Pine up front and throughout, with more citrus coming through toward the finish; caramel is a bit more subdued, but present. Slightly bitter finish. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, slightly bitter finish. Overall: A good IPA, but not among the best out there.
Fatehunter (1481) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a finger of head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some tropical fruit: mango and pineapple, along with lemon and pine. Nice.
The taste has a moderate bitterness throughout, with caramel sweetness layered in nicely. Great balance and profile.
The texture is a little fizzy.