FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best by August 23, 2006; sampled June 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, bit o chunky, reddish amber color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head that starts to leave a bit of Belgian lace as it falls from its initial two-finger height. The beer is suitably, and satisfyingly hoppy in the aroma. Notes of grapefruit, sweet tangerine and to a lesser degree pungent pine notes combine to form a formidable hop character. A touch of malt is found in the aroma as well; a dry toasted malt note is there if you dig for it. This beer’s aroma really has an intense, sweet, citrus fruit focus to it. It is quite nice and on this alone I highly recommend this beer.
The taste is lightly sweet up front, hoppy from the get go, but the hops don’t really start to take off until you get to the middle portion of a sip. Pungent, with a slight astringency, the hops are a mix of citrus notes (grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange peel, and some apricot like notes), and an herbal character that mixes with some sharp pine-like resinous notes. The malt plays second fiddle here, but there are some toasty malt notes as well as a malt sweetness, which helps to accentuate the fruity hop notes. A solid bitterness starts to grip my mouth at about the middle point of a sip, and picks up a full on, lingeringly astringent bitter note in the finish. The bitterness almost has a minty quality to it because of its fresh vibrancy.
I have been drinking this beer for about two weeks now and I am finding that if I have a fresh hop craving this just hits the spot. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you can get a fresh sample.
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paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mountain Brewers Beer Fest 2006. Lack of appearance judging reflects opaque plastic sampling cup.
Noticably grainy and nutty. light hopping: flowers/grassy. acidic, noticed a mild vinegar flavor. Too malty and not hoppy enough for an IPA
Beaver (1340) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.
The aroma is bready caramel malts and a piney hoppiness.
The flavor is sweet and toasted caramel malts and a little fruitiness, followed by a pretty big piney floral hop bitterness with a huge lingering bitter aftertaste (almost too much). The mouthfeel is medium to light and slightly watery.
Overall, a well done IPA. Itís a bit unbalanced, but nice if youíre in the mood for a hop-bomb.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep copper. Inviting nose. Really nice mouthfeel; full and rich, yet surprisingly drinkable. Toasted bread, nuts, light caramel and dry cocoa in the malts. Hops are bold, with sun-warmed pine, rose petals and citrus (grapefruit, orange rind, lemongrass). Very nice and complex hop aromas, especially if you swish and pucker. Bitterness is strong but not overbearing. Seems like I got a really fresh bottle because Iím waiting for a hop flower to float up. This is one fantastic IPA!
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good IPA, but not the best by Deschutes. Has a lot of citrus in the palate and aroma. Quite hoppy, might be better in a different setting, I had it on a hot day, and it just didnít quite do it for me.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I just bought this beer on a whim because it was the first time iíve seen it. I always enjoy Deschutes beers so I had to pick it up. This brew pours a nice amber color and sports a decent piney and citrus scent. The brew has a good amount of hops to it. The citrus flavors pull through nicely with a hint of toffee in the malts. Overall an above average IPA, but nothing mind-blowing.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasty. Frothy heads sits atop a hazy orange amber brew. Aroma of pine and tangerines greets you. Rich and sweet, yet balanced with some fine hops - lemon, orange and pineapple. Bitter finish. Very nice.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to Noogfest II, but this brew just didnít do it for me. it left my mouth very dry, and not in a good way. Yes it had some one dimensional piney hoppiness in the flavor, but there are tons of better IPAs out there.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is pine like pinesol. hints of citrus, but not tons. lots of floral and perfume-y aormas and flavors. flavor is pine again, not much citrus and some carmel. needed a bit mor ecomplexity imo.
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark amber appearance. A soapy citrus aroma with a smack of perfume. The flavor is a little one sided with bitter lemon peels, orange, and caramel showing. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy. A decent IPA.