EithCubes (4414) - 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. Iím a big fan of deschutes and this hasnít changed my mind.
redbeard (6) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy, floral aroma. Assertive hops flavor and somewhat acidic, bitter. A very neutral IPA with a reserved caramel sweetness. Dry and a bit boring in the end.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Slightly cloudy brass color, with a decent head and lacing. Strong grapefruit nose overlays barely detectable grains. The hop bite is strong from front to back, and additional flavors of the malts appear only when the beer warms a bit. This is a pretty good IPA. I had this on cask several weeks ago at the Parkway Tavern in Tacoma, but didnít take notes. The rating would go up for the cask conditioned, easily.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks cmubeerman. a pretty nice clear red brown with sizeable head. this is about 80% as hoppy smelling as the most hoppy IIPA iíve had. not so much citrus as northwest coast type stuff. pretty decent. taste is immediately very nicely sweet malts. definitely bitter on the back half. overall a bit less satisfying, but i can appreciate the piecemeal.
TomDecapolis (4336) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to kenb for the trade. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a medium off white foamy/rocky head that left lacing all down the sides of teh glass. Aroma had lots of grapefruit, some pine, some sweet grainy/caramel malts in there. Flavor was pine/grapefruit, some caramel, lots of hop flavor overall. Some flavor and fruity esters coming through as it warmed.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours lightly cloudy copper color with a totally retained off white colored head. Aroma is bracingly citric, sharp grapefruit aroma, pretty juicy as well. Flavor is sharply bitter, with sharp grapefruit flavor, light orange juice, maybe a hint of caramel malt, but hard to find through the hoppiness. Pretty good. Thanks Andreí