kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Booze Bros. Pours a clear, bright orange-amber color; a thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Lots of overt candy sugar and crystal malts in the aroma; sweet, too much crystal. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: good amounts of earthy and citrus bitterness upfront; solid carbonation, decent presence in the mouth; nicely juicy hop presence, but the crystal malt focus and overt tea-like malts end up carrying this down in the end; disappointing. Lengthy finish: sweet candy sugar, lots of earthy hops, and the crystal malts finally fall away here to a nice lasting, toasty bitterness.
KyotoLefty (7134) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy aroma with caramel, tobacco and pine. Big hop flavor, lots of caramel, with tobacco, citrus, pine and some passion fruit. A very good IPA.
jrob21 (2801) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the great ditmier. Pours a dark orange almost amber color with a decently lasting off white head. Aromas of sticky resin pine and a little caramel. Incredibly full bodied for a straight ipa and the pine hop flavors are sick. The finish is a slightly alcoholic bitterness but just the right amount to make it interesting. Really good straight up IPA.
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ditmeir for the bottle. Dark copper pour with a thick off white head. Big hop aroma, lots of Cascade style citrus. Nice malt body with a great citrus hop bitterness. Damn good IPA.
can8ianben (1382) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, I knew I was in heaven when I was able to sample 5 different IPAs at the brewpub. This was the first - a lovely citrus and floral IPA that screamed northwest. Balanced beer with a sweet malt middle and dry bitter finish. I could drink a ton of this beer.
Wombata (472) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 Aroma: Fresh floral Cascade hops, straw, bitter orange peel, caramel.
Flavor: Initial citrus, bitterness and straw flavors open up to a moderate caramel malt on the mid-palate and then returns to the citrus, bitter straw flavors on a long finish.
Comment: Good flavors. Iíll buy this again ƙ/08).
On Draft at P town brewpub 2009. Aroma: Malt, grassy hop, orange
Flavor: Good hop & malt balance with a clean finish.
Comments: This time gave it a 38 rating (10th beer in a Deschutes tasting line up so possibly had some palate fatigue? or it just wasnít quite as good as the earlier tasting).
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a bright reddy-amber with a large foamy off-white head. Yummy hop aroma, more pine than citrus for me, combined with toffee from the malt. The hops and malt donít combine so well on the palate, the bitterness lacks balance and the malt is nearly non-existent. The citrus dominates the pine in the flavour this time, while the finish is a touch chalky.
montj (1) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy on the hops; just how I like it. I like it better than other higher rated IPAs. It has a stronger bite to it, so be careful with what you eat with it.
vulcanmeister (200) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle, pours a cloudy amber with a big pale tan head. The aroma is nutty and citrusy. The body is medium with average carbonation. Taste is carmel, citrus, just the right amount of sweetness and a big bitter citrusy, piney finish.
notalush (5221) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark copper pour, with a sudsy, sticky lace - nose of caramel and crackery, biscuity malts - grapefruit and orange - fairly full-bodied, and much more malt forward than many american ipas - those hops do come on really strong, though - they add a lot of pine/spruce character - slightly estery, which works well with the malt profile - finish of gingerbread and lingering hoppiness - a bit more distinctive than your average american ipa - nice.