asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a white head on top. Aroma is cut right down the middle with grapefruit and citrus hops teamed against caramel malts. Flavor is citrusy with sweet caramel malts coming in to balance it out. On the palate the high alcohol content is fairly hidden, the beer finishes bittersweet. Another good beer from Deschutes. I would love to visit the brewery sometime in the near future.
BelgianBeerGal (3652) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into shaker. Hazy copper/amber colour with light sediment. Good carbonation, tan film with cascading lace. Aroma is floral hops but the flavour really hits hard with the 75 IBUs appearing as bitter pink grapefruit. Very pleasant.
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to golubj. Poured an orange copper color. Aroma was somewhat lackluster; malt focused with caramel, bread and only a dash of hop presence. Flavor was dominated by caramel and biscuit malt which gradually gave way to grapefruit hops. Solid, but not spectacular.
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with thin off white head. The aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, sweet malts and some biscuit. The taste begins with the same fruity notes noticed in the nose with fresh grapefruit and pineapple. It is bitter to be sure. Near midway sweet lightly roasted malts and biscuit malts well up to drive a wedge into the citrus hop bitterness. Toward the finish the grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple like hop bitterness squash the mild maltiness into the finish. The after taste does create a mild lightly roasted malt, biscuit and mild bread like flavors to go along with the hop bitterness.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Very floral, rich, malty IPA with everything that is great about NW IPA’s distilled into one great brew. Not in any way ’hopped over the top’ - a true, full malt body - complex roasty character with strong caramelly, mildly sweet. Hops are great and floral beyond belief, smooth and just a very nice complex- not spicy at all, sometimes the hops can be a little too spicy for me, this one does not overpower in any format - not peppery or spicy, not too acidic or astringent - the high(er) ABV is really well suited to this drink without being overly pungent. A very solid, well put together, and for my tongue probably one of the greatest Mass-Appeal IPA’s on the market.
Re-rate 4-24-2008; re-examination of this ale leaves me shocked at my initial impression of this drink. Perhaps they changed the recipe or I was really off on my last go-round, but this drink is seriously lacking a strong malt character. Hop profile is overly aggressive and astringent. Crisp and citrusy, but really not well balanced at all.
glennmastrange (2566) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma starts with moderate malt and hop notes of caramel, bread, herbs and resin, and a light dough smell for the yeast, with cherry and black pepper in the background. Head is medium sized, fizzy/frothy, off-white is mostly lasting and has excellent lacing. Color is sparkling clear red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily/creamy and has a soft to lively carbonation. The nice aroma keeps this beer a cut above the average IPAs out there.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A foamy off-white head tops an orangy copper body. Again, there is the expected potency of Pacific Northwest hops but the caramel malt holds its own to provide a nice balance. The sweetness in the taste does its job without taming the sharp bitterness of the hops. Very nice.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent hop aroma but very weak. Pretty good hop character. Quite citrousy. Medium dry, medium long finish. Good bitterness, but not at all overwhelming. Alcohol comes through a tiny bit in the aroma, and a little more in the taste.
pdxmickey (33) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is an interesting beer, with complex flavors an a unit bitter finish. I think I am going to have to get another bottle of this one to make a full evaluation.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good but not great IPA with big up-front hop aroma that doesn’t quite carry over to the taste.