17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish clear orange with a small off-white froth. Super resiny/piney aroma, fresh tree-sap, pine needles, ginger, botanicals and tea leaves. Unfortunately all those aromatics don’t work as well on the tongue. Taste of green tea/tea leaves, oily, resin, piney, and light honey sweetness. Quite floral, not terrible sweet with lots of bitterness. Oiley mouthful, medium/full with very smooth light carbonation. Well made, but too hard to drink being so floral.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle Dark amber color, with almost no head. A murky brown glass of beer. Smell is sharp, with sugar and hops. Caramel? Tingly with hoppy bitterness. Mello and crisp lingering flavor in the mouth. Not the big sweet explosion at all. Not too sticky in the back. The head on my beer seems like the previous reviewer had a completely different brew. My glass is clean. Fine beer, but not special IMO.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice surprise. Overall an excellent IPA and one of my favorite Oregon beers. Pours a nice amber color with a thick, off-white head. Lots of caramel and hops. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Fantastic lacing: was able to get the entire glass coated in one continuous white fluff like a perfect pint of Guinness. Hops is of course the dominating taste but this IPA is also quite sweet from the crystal malts. Orange and grapefruit...I’m missing those flavors.
caesar (5128) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear amber color, thick off-white head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Slight pine. Bitter taste, bit thin though.
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of riversideAK. Pours a clear copper colo with a medium sized off white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is moderately sweet grapefruit citrus with some light piney hops as well. The flavor has a great deal of hop presence. Grapefruit and pine dominate in the mouth. What sweetness there might be is quickly overtaken with bitterness. There is not much malt backbone to speak of. Medium bodied, on the dry side, not especially complex. Its not that this is bad, just one dimensional.
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. copper pour with foamy head. funky and earthy aroma. large bitterness up front and rich sweet malts. hops are there but not very impressive flavor. little funky.
DialSquare (2659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap sampler from deschutes bar in portland. clear copper pour. citrus earthy aroma. tastes of sweet caramel, citrus, spices. piney bitter aftertaste. crisp and refreshing. good.
mabel (5789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[1660-20080904] 12floz bottle. Malty caramel and mild tree bark aroma. Hazy, amber brown body with quick light tan bubbles. Super bitter malt flavour with caramelized tree bark notes. Bitter medium body. Striking bitterness.
(@ Diamond Princess cruise ship; near AK)
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark orange with a yellowish head. Poured with heavy carbonation. Aroma is of hops, slight citrus hints, and malt. The carbonation leaves the beer with a very creamy mouthfeel. Taste is of malts and banana, balanced by bitter hops. The sharp bitterness lingers on long after each sip.
stchloe (789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very solid, quaffable IPA, a great introduction to microbrews. Pours beautifully.