GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from spark-dog. Thanks bro! Red in color, kinda of a surpise, not much head. Decent aroma of citrus hops and malt. Taste is way malty then expected... not in a bad way just not as hoppy as expected. The description says they were going to a hoppy IPA with out the bitterness...it really is that....but I love my bitterness so I was a little let down. Anyway.... not bad just not the west coast IPA I was expecting
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the highlights in my recent, quick journey to Washington. Was actually rather disappointed with the brews this time around. Amber to copper in color. Nice fresh hops aromas, with grapefruit, pine, caramel and grass. Nice smooth near oily feel. Malt and grain mix with floral and grapefruit hops. A touch grainy but otherwise an enjoyable brew.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange gold color with an off white head. It has a nice pungent hop aroma with pine, grapefruit, and a little caramel. Very fruity flavor with grapefruit, peaches, and sweet apples. It lacks a good spicy malt base that I like with my IPA’s, and the appley flavor is a big off putting for me, but otherwise, a tasty beer.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright orange hue, big thick white foam persists, excellent clarity. Nose is piney hops and bready malts, light fruit and citrus. Flavor is thick bread and biscuit malts balanced out by lighter grass/pine hops, touch of citrus, finishes slightly bitter and dry. Medium-bodied, smooth and silky texture, moderate carbonation. Very well-balanced, easy drinking, balanced IPA of the single variety.
BrownDogBeer (50) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 0z Bottle. Pours a medium amber. Aroma of hops with a little woody scent.
medium body with citrus /pine hop taste. No real bittering a little hard to place.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a good head that lingers. Nice lacing. Sweet malt and citrus aromas. Full nectar with pillowy soft effers. A sturdy malt backbone provides a good foundation to build the spiny hop 2x4’s. Great balance is achieved. Mellow, soft and delicious.
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It pours out of the bottle golden red w/a little head that disperses quickly and laces the glass a little. To the nose it is straight HOPS. It tastes crisp, a little bit of pine and a little bit of citrus, and finishes clean. It is truely a great northwest IPA that has become the standard for American IPA’s. Another great beer from Deschutes, congrats guys.
IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is pine, ivy, caramel, crab apples, and citrus. Hazy copper with a big, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is light bitterness, ivy, caramel, and some light fruity notes. Finish is light bitterness. Enjoyable but not great.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This copper ale poured with a three finger beige head and a citrus aroma. The flavor is pine and citrus, balanced with some vey tasty caramel malt.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper tinged orange color with a gorgeous inch of dense beige head. Thick lacing and good retention. Sweet hoppy aroma with bruised apples and ripe grapefruit. Maybe a light herbal quality. Somewhat muted unfortunately. Flavor is pine and unripe citrus with a doughy malt base. There’s a modest bitterness there if you really look for it, but it’s overrun by an unwelcome astringency that I’d expect Deschutes to be able to avoid considering their insistent claims of ’experimental’ and ’innovative’ hopping techniques. Dry palate and a short finish from the astringency, medium body and good carbonation. Too muted overall, could easily be mistaken for a pale ale in a blind tasting.