bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Newport Piza in OB. Yeah, thereís citrus in the nose, more orange than anything else. Not a lot of hops up front though, both in the nose and on the tongue. A nice balance I suppose, as some crystal malt characteristics come through at the start and finish. lacks the punch of most SoCal IPAs, but seeing as this is from Oregon, thatís understandable. A very drinkable and entirely enjoyable beer, but not the first or even the, oh, tenth choice for this hop head. Very nice all the same, just falls short in the hops department. Of particular note: the fluffy tan head diminished rapidly, as it seems with all IPAs, but the lacing on the glass was very nice, and the empty pint looked nothing short of a testament to lacing in general.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle a blurred orange-brown with a stupendous frothy light tan head, a magnificent crown to the body, after is slow demise, the resultant lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Noticed some little fernies floating in the beer also, yum I love that stuff. Nose has a magnificent hop floral aroma citrus like in its crispness, sweet malt, and fresh and mouthwatering this nose, start is sweet at the front, the grain profile perfection, and the top middling in its feel. Finish has a pleasing acidity, the hops, wham, they snap your taste buds to attention, with the aftertaste long and lingering, a real treat this beer, from one of the worldís best breweries, and a long time top five brewery in my book.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of Cascade hops and a dirty freezer upon on pouring. Looks very very dark - not see through either, hazy - the way I like it! Tastes like a crunchy small brew pub IPA, like one of Charlesí from Hyattsville, MDís Franklinís Brew Pub. Iíd say "woodsy" but thatís been played out. Just a good IPA that sticks too much to your palate...I taste it 28 minutes later!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep clear amber with a lightly colored frothy head. Aroma is biscuity with some carameland even some bubblegum ester but I donít get much in the way of American hops. Maybe a light floral note but thatís it. The body ismed-heavy, much bigger than most IPAs. The flavors are huge amounts of crystal malts and fruity yeast notes with only light floral hops. Rather full wet finish with some bitterness but this certainly is not dry. A good strong ale but an IPA it is not.
pinkzambia (1458) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Kahootz: A cloudy brown with an off white head and semi-sticky lacing. Aromas of graham crackers and citrusy hops along with other earthy features like weeds and shrubs. The taste has a distinct bitter grapefruit flavor with other citrus notes playing a tune in the background as well. As for the feel: incredible! Full, creamy and smooth. Loved the beer!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber with a smallish but lacing carbonation, aroma is very much citrus hoppy. Caramel sweetness in the malt profile gives way to some nice fruitiness and citrus hop flavors. Finish is decidedly bitter and lingering. I liked this new IPA and would have it again.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer is dark amber in color, hazy with lots of tiny particles, and has an average-sized, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head.<P>Aroma is malty with light notes of cookie and caramel; prominently hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, a trace of something herbal-skunky; yeasty with a light note of bread dough; trace notes of floral honey and tea.<P>The flavor is heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a long, heavily bitter, grippy, lightly sweet, lightly astringent finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Hope ya like pine sap...thatís about all youíll be smelling. Very harsh in the mouth experience, as portended by the nose. Drain pour for me. No imagination went into this one, it would seem...arenít there already enough of these bludgeon-o-west-coast-hops beers?
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. bottle. Dark orange-yellow with a tall offwhite head. Honey, passionfruit, and mellow citrus hoppy aromatics. Medicinal bitterness coinsides with a buttery caramel malt flavor. Medicinal resinous bitter character lingers over a grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours tawnied honey with very little froth. Ample residual effers. Aroma of lime rind. Medium nectar weight. Flavors start with crisp asprin and citrus followed up with diluted caramel, then goes back to citrus followed by the long strict asprin finish. This is much more aggresive than the previously released Quail Springs IPA. Overall : Iím digginí it. Highly recommended.