PorterPounder (5355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honolulu, Hawaii - Whole Foods - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour, fluffy off-white head, good lacing. Strong, solid spruce-like aroma - very resiny. Bold flavor with strong grapefruit citrusy bitterness, some sweet caramel accents and a bit of back end nuttines. Thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Good accompaniment to our roadside shrimp scampi lunch - an Hawaiian staple. Deschutes delivers again.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden amber with an off white head. ARom of wet grains and hops. Flavor of toffee in British sort of way, countered by a moderate leafy bitterness. I might have been tired because this is all I wrote.
jrob21 (2478) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was wondering if this had been left around for too long and the hops had faded but it looks like that is a common experience with this beer, too weak hops. Clear copper pour. Aroma is nice and hoppy with some pine and citrus. The flavor is mostly sweet caramel malt though with just a pinch of hops on the finish to add some bitterness. Not a lot happening in between there to keep you interested or have you going back for more. Iím left a little wanting for this west coast brewed ipa.
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber pours beautifully, but I agree with notalush, itís mostly downhill from there. Bright clear amber liquid with an off-white foamy head and lots of clinging lace.
Smells sweet, almost sickly sweet from grapefruit and the quadruple malt. Unbalanced sweet/tart flavors and an oily texture. This one just didnít work for me!
DuffMan (6514) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another treat brought back from Montana by my inlaws. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thick orange-tinted head that leaves crazy lace. Very fragrant tropical fruit aroma (passionfruit, lychee, grapefruit) with resinous undertones. Aromatic fruity hop character dominates the palate, again supported by a resinous bitterness in the finish. The malts are sweet and understated compared to the hops. Finish is bitter, but not over the top.
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy and sweet aroma, slightly fruity taste with a lot of hops, dry aftertaste. Makes my breathe smell like bonbons.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The appearance and aroma start this sucker off right, but it sure goes downhill after that - lightly hazy copper with an impressive, sticky lace - the hops are put to great use in the aroma - a lot of grapefruit, pine, floral notes, with crystal malt sweetness underneath - the hop flavor is there, but the bitterness one expects is practically not there at all - according to the label, that is the intent, and all I have to say is, "why?" - all it does is leave room for the sweetness of the malt to take over the beer, so Iím left longing for bitterness to balance it - overall, it still tastes okay - moderately sessionable, despite its strength - if youíre going to make an ipa without the bitterness, you might as well go ahead and make a non-alcoholic beer, too - is that next, deschutes?
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at PapsÝ.
Clear amber coloured with a small white head.
Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles and grape fruits.
Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grape fruits.
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting, but not something Iíd continue to go back to. A reddish color with a big pine hop presence. A very full flavor, but nothing to make me stand up and say wow.
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Appearance is amber brown with slow fading off white head, aroma of floral and citrus hops, flavor is somewhat hoppy more citrus coming through than floral, some hints caramel in the malt but not over dominating at all. Solid beer but does not live up to the price tag.