nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours a dark shade of amber with a soapy tan head -- looks great. Smells of citrus zest and caramel. Tastes of both with additional notes of dates, flour, malt, brown sugar, and bitter hops on the mid-palate. Quite nice.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ordinary amber with generous, meringue-like jiggly head that retains a thin layer down through the pint. Nose is very fruity with some candyish aromas in there too. On the palate there’s a balance of sweet caramel malt with sharp citrusy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Very drinkable.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle- thanks to Shelby!
Pours a clear burnished copper color, thin off white head that clears fast to leave a thin layer. Aroma on the muted side that delivers as advertised- earthy citrus grapefruits and oranges with some hints of pine needles in the background, and some smooth caramel sweetness. Nose is pleasant, if not especially unique or exciting. Flavor starts with earthy, resinous bitterness on a tamed scale. Hop profile shows less citrus than the nose, with much more earthy floral notes and resins; some orange and lemon citrus notes as well. Malt balance shows through with smooth, dry, semisweet caramel and biscuits. Flavor follows the nose- solid and good, but nothing especially unique. Palate is thick, full, and clean with a smooth finish and even carbonation. Overall a good, solid IPA, nothing to get too excited over but would regularly show up in my fridge if I could get it in MA.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery amber, smells a nice balance of hops and sweetness. Taste is nice hops, light grapefruit bitterness, middle taste is, I swear, exactly like those big orange ’Circus Peanut’ candies. Really interesting. Finish is nice bitter, not overpowering, not too watery. Nice, solid IPA.
jgb9348 (4772) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super hazy deep amber coloured body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of hops and nice malt with a good nutty twang. Good bitter taste with balanced malt and a slightly hoppy taste. Good all around, but the hops definitely come out. Aftertaste shows clean flavours with some strong hops and alcohol as well. Overall, a nice beer - definitely good to try! I sampled this beer on draught at Henry’s 12th St Tavern in Portland, Oregon on 09-September-2006.
mrbirmingham (37) - Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Floral, resinous, citrus and slight caramel notes.
Appearance: The beer pours dark copper, clear and has a creamy off white head that persists.
Flavor: Bitter with caramel malt back bone.
Mouth Feel: The beer has medium body with a semi-dry finish and leaves mild tingle on the tongue.
Overall Impression: The bitterness is prominent, while the hops aroma and flavor is not; a solid IPA worth drinking
warrenc (23) - Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle pours a nice amber with soft ,two-finger head. the strong malt and bitter hop, is just a bit much for my taste. strong grapefruit, hop finish is nice.
MJGG (951) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 oz. Arômes de malt caramel et de houblons américains (citron, pamplemousse, résine, herbes). Robe ambrée assez foncée, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. Très bien maltée, un caramel bien présent supporte une amertume de houblon moyenne. Le côté aromatique du houblon est relativement limité, mais le malt est bien présent pour prendre la place.
donovan1983 (59) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, cloudy amber colour with an off-white head. Strong aroma of citrusy hops. I always get Cascade and Centennial hops mixed up but it sure seems like some of both is in there. The flavour is mostly of grapefruit, definitely on the bitter side, with a little bit of malt to balance it out. The finish can best be described as of a floral hop flavour quickly followed by an astringent hop flavour, and both lasting for only a short time. A rather interesting finish, to say the least. Body is on the heavier side with good carbonation. This is one of those beers that makes me eager to take another sip just to experience the flavours. It certainly helps that it uses some of my favourite hop varieties. I’ve only had a few Deschutes brews so far and this one certainly makes me want to continue to try more of them.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Bottle from utobeer. This is ok, i bought 3 IPA’s and pretty much figured this’d be the worst of the lot....i hope i’m right. It just doesn’t hold together well. Lacks a bit of crispness, little bit cooked on the nose and flavour but it has all ’the right stuff’ loads of flavour etc it’s just the body is a touch cloying and the bitterness is a touch astringent.