riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A strange aroma really, my girlfriend said it smelt like a wet dog. Orange red appearance with a small head. Flavor is bitter, but not really citrus or pine, just a regular bitter beer flavor. Got a little caramel and vanilla from the malt, but this one is still strange to me. I would rather have a Mirror Pond or Black Butte.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strongly bitter IPA, as much as an imperial. A good dose of malts to... problem is that the bitterness is not acompanied with a nice hop flavor, there is a very slight grapefruit and orange but not enough to balance out the bitterness. The palate is lightly sweet and tangy. Overall its above average but not top 10 on my IPA list.
Braudog (5354) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Eichardt’s Sandpoint: Muddy and red. Sweet malty aroma. Likewise, a rich and malty drinker ... almost mediciney, though. Metallic. Blood orange and tangy. Almost too rindy. Fruity, but not enough of the fruit, if that makes sense. (#2910, 5/17/2007)
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Not very fragrant, smells more of malt than hop. Nice, butterscotch-tangerine color and clear. The flavor just doesn’t cut it though, just not bold enough for IPA. Has an akward, lavernder-like smoothness on the palate (I’ve noticed this in Pyramid’s IPA too) that to me is not suitable for an IPA. I want my IPAs to sting at least a little, and this one doesn’t. Overall, a mediocre IPA. Maybe these guys have their porter recipe down cold, but I think they should change the IPA up a bit.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ Fathers Office - i like that this IPA has a bit more of a malt backbone. much more color than you average IPA. taste definitely is bitter upfront with a strong grapefruit hops flavor....go figure for a PNW IPA. at times, it was a bit overpowering. however, as the beer warmed the flavor mellowed and balanced out much more and the palate felt creamier. very nice IPA.
EithCubes (4409) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma of grapefruit with lychee, citrus, caramel, and dark-toned funk. Orange body with a lacing, rocky, creamy, tanned head. Loads of thick, almost syrupy hops in the taste, resin with a little grit upon swallow. Smooth body though, and fulll Strong bitterness with a light underlying sweetness. Very dry. Really, too hoppy. Deifnitely a sipper. Chewy, earthy, excellent. A designer dress but all business, too serious for frequent use.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Oz Bottle. Intense resin and hop cone pine sap, floral explosion. Dense and full of resin glands, in a land somewhere between grapefruit and cedar. Amber-orange, clearish, with soapy mass of golden-tinted head. Lacing beautifully. Flavor loses a lot of the initial hop character and slides into a more planty sweetness, with some wispy floral runs and a good candied hop cone sugar supporting. Bitterness builds over flavor as the beer settles on the tongue. Oranges and orange blossom honey perk up and join a nip of yeast and nisu for a run through the land of lemongrass. Chewy and mouth filling, yet maintaining and airy sense of drinkability. Rich. Filtering may either give it some fresh clarity and cleanliness, or reduce depth, hard to tell. Otherwise, nicely done.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Some aroma of crystal malts and citrusy/flowery hops. Flavor is of citrusy and kinda spicy earthy hops and a pretty good amount of caramel malt flavor. A descent IPA but the hops dont have a crisp and citrusy enough character.
gogglegurf (9) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Partial to the brewer. Deschutes makes some tasty brews. Hops up front and linger. Pours with medium head. Nice soapy lace as you drink it. Bit of malt body but the hops take over. Love living in the Pacific NW to drink beers like these.
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an intriguing beer, quite complex. The initial blast was more pilsner than ipa but go back again and you get that strong blast of orange, grapefruit and melted butter sweetness. Not overpowering by any means, and very pleasant. The taste is big malt then loads and loads of bitterness to finish. Slightly astringent mouthfeel otherwise i would have rated higher. I’m a big fan of deschutes and this hasn’t changed my mind.