Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Washington Brewers Festival.
Hazy copper with long lasting head. Grapefruit and orange, but not strong...pine and carmel malts too. Medium body with same taste as the nose.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 12oz bottle-Aroma of hops and citrus on a medium amber body with an off white head that retains itself quite good. Has a taste of citrusy with a very dry bitterness on the back end.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Expressive, fruity, strong, clear nose is not a blast of heavy grapefruit or pine resin (it contains some of both) but more a softer, rounder, more varied nose. Sweet oranges, lush lemons and some definite pink grapefruit are well-supported by lightly sweet melons and a bit of floral-herbal notes reminiscent of light wintergreen and leafy hops. Some light yeast/b-vitamin notes support the claim that this is 6.8 abv (though no sign of alcohol). Soft, fluffy white dough for malt with light sugars and a bit of toastiness on the end that prevents it from just dying out after the hops make their impression. Mostly dry of malt and aromatic hops. In the flavor, a touch of crunchy, dry malt brushes against the tongue as hops build slowly but inevitably all about. Some sharp acids are banished to the end as citrus fruit flavors intertwine with very lean caramel and base sugars to provide a balanced, soft, smooth mouthfeel and flavor. Some snappy hop bitterness lingers on, with no alcohol and a bit of breadiness and light melon. Foamy white head laces sporadically and is fairly well retained. Body is amber-orange with canteloupe tones and bottle conditioned bubbles. While the malt there is soft/fluffy and interesting, it could use a bit more depth. The breadiness and dry caramel build up too much (slightly).
Ratman197 (10650) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a hazy copper with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of grapefruit and orange, light pine and some carmel. Palate was medium bodied and lightly resiny. Flavors of grapefruit rind, mild orange, some piney notes and mellow carmel with a lingering bitter finish.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An English IPA, and a decent one. Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Aroma is full of citrus and hops, which is strangely lacking in the taste. Lots of hops, but the of bitter variety. Nice malt balance. I prefer the west-coast IPA style, but this is okay.
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, not great. Smells better than it tastes. Starts bitter and finishes bitter with some lingering bitterness. Pretty good and faithful to the style. I see this aroudn at more shops these days, which means it’ll be a good go-to beer when I’m not feeling especially frisky for something with more punch. I’m more of a simcoe/amarillo guy and this comes off as more of an english IPA. That’s not a bad thing, just not my usual quaff preference.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy copper amber with a nicely lacing finger-width thick off-white head. Fresh grapefruity citrus hoppy aroma has a touch of sweet caramel maltiness and some earthier grassy piny hop components too. Body starts lightly sweet and malty with some grittiness and a bitter citrusy hoppy balance. Finishes bittersweet and drier hiding its alcohol well. A decent IPA.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with dominate red hues and white diminishing head. Nice aroma of grapefruity hops and caramel malts. Initial flavor of caramel, tea, mild toastiness offset byherbal and earthy hop bitterness. Bitter finish is slightly peppery, dry, and grassy. A solid west coast IPA with some british influence.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Clear honey color. Aroma is super hoppy and strangely lacking sour citrus that I expected. Flavor is the same... this beer tastes a bit too hoppy. Nice bitter finish though.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper colour with thin beige head. Balance malt and hop nose. Bitter hop taste with lingering bitter hop finish.