nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle scored in Haines, AK. Nice lacing and head retention. Hazy amber color. Very fresh tasting indeed. I think Mirror pond is the base recipe for this one. Nice lacing and decent head retention. biscuity british base malt flavors (Maris otter?) generous caramel/dextrin flavors, but not too cloying. Surprisingly, not much hop aroma at all. Nice spicy, mild, soft hop flavors. Similar hop falvors to Hallertau MF or Mt. Hood. Extremely drinkable, very enjoyable.
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Excellent beer, great appearance, aroma, taste, everything. Had this brew once before almost exactly a year ago and didn’t review, still just as good this time. Will certainly buy again next fall.
aaronbr (125) - Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My 100th beer rating! Sitting in the Rose and Crown pub in Palo Alto, awaiting the start of the Orange Bowl. On draft, the remains of a Deschutes Brewery Night a couple of days before New Years, this one tastes fresh! A dark copper red-brown color, and a clean, hoppy nose. Somewhat floral aroma. Taste is instantly recognizable as a top-both West Coast IPA. Very drinkable with a very strong bitter hops character, but the malt stands up enough to balance it out. Finishes somewhere between pine and lemon, an excellent brew by Deschutes!
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber Bottle This pale poured a sunset copper capped with a thin white froth for a head. Nice looking, though somewhat deep in hue for a pale.The aroma was a big blend of noble hops. Rather heavy German to the nose.The taste was clean, stable, and interesting. The commingling of pale malts gave it very good depth and created a substantial body. The crisp hops also contributed to this very drinkable pale. The malts really give it a uniquely identifying characteristic, which is really a great trait in a beer.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, amberish orange color with a finger of an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Nice carbonation. Smells of resinous, dank, and grassy fresh hops. Get some herbal characteristics, along with pine, sugary grapefruit, tiny bit of tangerine, and plenty of floral. A very nice, clean carmel malt is detected as well. Taste immediately starts with a resinous, grassy hop flavor, but is quickly balanced out by a sugary grapefruit flavor. The middle continues the sweetness, this time bringing a carmel sweetness. This is balanced with more resinous, herbal hop qualities, along with some grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is really good and makes this beer. Get more resinous qualities, but are more of the bitter variety. This bitterness is tame, however, and is accompanied with more intense notes of grapefruit, grass, and tropical fruits. It seems to start off with more fresh hop qualities and finishes with more juicy, fruity hop qualities. All the while balanced with a sweet, clean, and bready malt backbone. Very clean, crisp, and surprisingly full mouthfeel for a pale ale. Although it has a fuller body, it still drinks likes a session ale and leaves you wanting more. A very well-crafted fresh hop pale ale. I wish the hop harvest was year round because this is awesome.
Bronzan (122) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very hoppy, but not terribly heavy. A great crisp taste and a pleasant aroma. Deschutes comes through again.
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pleasing golden brown with a nice foamy white head. Nose is of hops, fruits (perhaps ripe plum?), and just a hint of floral. Tastes much the same with a nice yeasty aftertaste. Very refreshing, probably my favorite in the last month.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A middle of the road NW IPA... plenty of fresh hop taste and grapefruit-esque citrus power. Pours lightish amber with non-existent head. Filtered. I’d recommend as a good refreshing IPA, but not an asskicker IPA.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, Toronado Wet Hop Festival. These are all great beers. In comparison to a lot of the others, this one is very malty, heavier tasting.
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2008.. nice hop flavour solild throughout.if you enjoy hops this is a beer for you!! dont pass up!!