ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful cloudy gold, with some red an yellow play in the light. Head is about 2 inches and cream colored, pretty dense, takes awhile to dissipate. Good lacing on surface and on sides of glass. Nose is strong citrus and hops, the citrus is almost too strong. Tastes is of citrus and hops. The bitterness and acidity are balanced well. Has a pretty clean finish with a bit of alcoholic bite, and a very nice mouthfeel for an IPA. Deschutes makes great beers.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Bottled. My bro has been hip to this beer for awhile and I simply had not found it....so when i saw it, of course I bought one (didn’t want to buy a 6 of it at the time) now I will. This is a nice IPA bordering on the creamy texture of a DIPA. There is a good amount of malt on the finish as well.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of kenb. Thanks! Pours a dark, cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of bubbly, almost white head. Citrusy notes. Tastes of citrus as well, but this seems to have a little bigger of a mouthfeel than typical ipa’s, which i’m likin alot. Good malts with a solid hop backbone. Very nice IPA.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a great beer! I love all of the deschutes beers, and this one did not diasappoint. Got it while I was visiting back home and wish that they sold this in Ohio. Flavor was what you’d expect from an I.P.A Hops, Hops and more Hops.
HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown with a modest, offwhite head. Hoppy aroma. Wow, no balance here... Hops all the way. Opens with hops flavor, finishes with hops bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. There is some underlying malty sweetness. Full bodied. Excellent. Top-notch American IPA. Hoppy but not too hoppy.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from lee’s liquor: Really heavy on the hops, almost enough to completely overpower the maltiness. An excellent brew, but some of the bitterness is a bit too coarse and trumps the malt. Probably in style guidelines for an IPA, but a bit more malt complexity would be nice. Plenty for hopheads though ;)
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. The aroma holds citrus hops, some white fruit, crystalized sugar, some mild bread notes, caramel and a hint of peppery spices. Pretty nice aroma. The body is a bright orange/caramel and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head that leaves clingy lace.
Citrus hops fore is lightly sweet, bready, caramel accented and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. It’s fairly straight up, but that makes it nice and approachable, balanced. Either IPA is growing on me or I’ve gotten ahold of some well made ones of late.
Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Orange-amber color with small head. Strong, fresh and flowery hop aroma with some sweetness and notes of orange. The same elements in the flavor with minerals and firm but not extreme bitterness. Very balanced and pleasant IPA.
brstp (201) - - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottle. Cloudy brown-yellow amber color, creamy off-white head with some nice lacing. Big floral hop aroma, some grass and orange. Start is tangy, surprisingly malty, moves into a complex caramel, spice, and hop bitterness that doesn’t really resolve.
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whew hops! Hops that leave a zing ringing until the next sip.
Poured from bottle a medium reddish copper color with slight haze from the dry hopping. 2 finger head faded quickly, the lacing was light but kept on through to the end of the pint.
This IPA is a spicy one, though a softness does come through in the finish to just barely bring it all togther for me. Towards the end of the pint, it tends to loosen up some, and Im able to pick up the zest of the citrus. Overrall a well done strong IPA here from Deschutes. Persoanlly, to me, it may be a little to over the top for everyday 6 pack enjoyment. Though, its a no wonder they wanted to make it available year round. For those that enjoy a real robust hoppy brew, this one may be for you.