Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2011 Itís either sad or awesome that around Seattle I hold Deschutes with as much esteem as Sam Adams because itís so readily available. I almost always pass it up for something more rare and ultimately inferior. The truth is this is a great IPA. Itís going to become a new standby for me. Well balanced IPA. Flavor is very close to SN Torpedo, with a slightly smaller bite. Quite piney. $5.99 a sixer at 6.8% abv...HOLLA! Zeswaft: 8:10
aaronbr (171) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice reddish orange from a 12oz bottle. Fresh, lightly sweet, maybe floral aroma. Great bite to it. This is a solid IPA, very enjoyable. A nice bitter counterpart of Mirror Pond Pale by Deschutes.
thirdeye11 (6070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to mar) deep amber, little to no head but great lacing. Nose of rye, bread, citrus hops. Taste of bitter rye, spicy hops, and bread. Medium light body, well carb with a slightly dry bitter finish.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with a best before of 07/06/2010. Pours with a large, bone colored off-white head over a clear, pretty penny colored body. Aroma is fruity, some pine and pink grapefruit, light delicate grainy/husky quality, A bit of sugar, melon and light caramel. Pretty dry aroma. Taste is quite bitter, light husky and caramel notes with a lot of citrus rind qualities from the hops up front followed by some pine notes and graham cracker over the long finish. Medium to high tingling bubbles. A bit of alcohol. Pretty solid IPA, but I donít think Deschutes makes any mediocre beer.
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had to check my glass and hands to make sure there were no other odors coming from them because of the very unique aroma coming off of this beer: latex rubber! I know that might sound like a bad thing, but trust me, itís not. Iím going to guess that one of the hops used in this beer is Simcoe because thatís the aroma I vividly remember noting when I tasted the Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA and being blown away by how unique it was. Inversion starts off with this and follows up with a beautiful balance of grapefruit/citrus hops balanced by just enough malt body to keep it firmly planted in the American IPA style. A slightly murky tan-orange color with a surprisingly dense and persistent white head, this is an all-around great IPA from start to finish.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a deep amber/brown with a thin off white head. the aroma is citrus and pine. The flavor is dry and Sharp. this one had more of a malt character than most ipas but I really liked that about this beer. cheers!
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice, clear dark amber with thick off-white soapy head. Aroma of sharp pine and grapefruit with a light malt back bone. Flavor is very much the same with added fruity ester blended in with the nice light caramel maltiness. Mouth feel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable, spicy IPA!
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good IPA. Iíve had quite a few bottles of this particular IPA, since finding it for $7 per sixer. Itís quite a bargain at that price point. Amber, red gold liquid sits below a frothy head that leaves a ton of lacing. Some great floral and citric hop notes with a solid caramel malt backbone. Hops arenít quite as full in the flavor as in the aroma. It has a good feel, if not incredible. A solid IPA.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, deep orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter oranges and grapefruits with a mixture of florals and pines. Solid malt balance with a medium sweet caramel and lightly toasted toffee. Flavor is similar. Lots of sweet hops with a good amount of pines and florals. Oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits balance nicely with a bigger, somewhat bready caramel and lightly toasted, crystal malt sweetness. Finishes with a moderate bitterness that is somewhat resiny, woody, piney, and floral while leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid IPA. Lots of hop flavors and bitterness with a nice malt balance. Not much to complain about.
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle-best by may 17th. Deep copper hue with a nice off-white head that was really soapy. lite pine, cheese and grainy nose-really doesnt smell like i was expecting. some fruity notes as well-fruity pebbles come to mind. sweet, lightly citric flavors with a big malt backbone. kind of an odd beer not well put together for what it was designed to be. what is up with this brewery?