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 (952) - 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 (61) - Capitol Heights, Maryland, 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.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Safeway in Lynnwood, WA. Pours cloudy copper/amber color. Flavor: Orange peel, pine, and sweet malt.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 On tap @ Maggie O’Tooles. Faint cinnamon aroma, pours copper with an off-white short head that leaves a coarse lace. Complex, with a sweet and spicy start after which the pine/grapefruit hops hit and last all the way through. A subtle sweetness lasts until the finish - not malty, but glucose sweet. Heavy body that underlies the whole experience and slightly oily with a great mouth feel, although there is slight soapiness in some samples. Heavier than most IPAs. Deschutes’ best!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. dark copper with a lasting off-white head. Light pine and dull citrus aroma with light onion or garlic. Light caramel malt flavors and a vegetal and bitter hop flavor. Medium bodied with fine carbonation.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper color...slightly opaque. Fluffy head. Floral hop aroma. Fresh flavor of hops upfront, with hints of citrus...unusually smooth mouthfeel for an IPA. Hop bite kicks in throughout the back. Finish is light, with noticeable citrus undertones. A very balanced brew...nice hop flavor without the overpowering nature of most IPAs.
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Porter’s Pub, UCSD. Clear dark amber, with a small white head. Sweet and biter aroma, of malt, pine, hops. Taste starts sweet, of malt and caramel, then picks up more pine hops bitterness. Lingering caramel and hops flavors. A little strange, but tasty.