FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours with a thick frothy pale tan colored head that sits atop a ruby tinted, clear copper colored beer. The aroma is quite interesting, a mix of citrus, pine and spicy basil, with notes of artichoke and perhaps some asparagus as well. Is the aroma off or just an interesting mix of hops, I am not too sure. There is also a caramel-type, malty background note in the aroma as well. The taste is sharp and hoppy from start to finish, especially in the finish where the bitterness really comes through with a bracing note that grabs the tongue and mouth and keeps a sharp grip on your palate. The beer has a bit of malt to it, actually a fair amount it is just hard to sense over all the hops, with notes of caramel and toasted biscuits.
The hops you ask, yes they are here and in full force with notes of bold pine, sharp herbs, hints of mint & basil, a backdrop of grapefruit, and a bracing astringency. This is a really nice example of an over-the-top Northwest IPA, as promised it perhaps is a bit too hoppy, but for some reason my palate is perfectly willing to accept its bracing brashness, you definitely need to be ready for a hop onslaught though.
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AleDrinker (1090) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a potent IPA, I actually really appreciated this one. If you’re not a hophead you’ll hate this brew. But if you are, I highly recommend that you indulge yourself. Delicious.
Gorbalev (2823) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Mabel, courtesy of Mabel. Orange, good sized white head. Mild malt aroma - very mild. Great taste. Grainy, lots of hops - just about right. I really enjoy the grain aspect of this IPA - makes it unique. Solid session IPA.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from RiversideAK. Pours cloudy amber with a moderate sized off white head. Good of lace. Smells earthy and caramelly malty with sweet, citrus notes. Tastes citrusy and earthy hoppy with a good dose of sweetish cereal malt in there. Good, balanced, bitter yet slightly sweet. Medium body, good carbonation.
LilBeerDoctor (2816) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light tropical fruits, and grassy hops. Flavor is similar with sweet malt and light citrusy and fruity hops. Pleasant and enjoyable.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As far as an IPA should look, this hits the mark very nice in my opinion. Nice amber color with a great white head that lasts for a while leaving moderate lacing. Aroma was slightly malty, with good hop tones and citrus finish. Taste is very bitter with a slight citrus taste and a good hop content. A little too bitter for my taste but very refreshing on a nice day.
Chalsk (936) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours an amber orange color with an off-white foam head. An aroma of grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Sweet caramel taste with a smooth hop hit. Resiny bite on backend.
UWDawgs (9) - Monroe, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty hard to find taste in an ipa. Very enjoyable. Has a very good after taste as well
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shadey (1756) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark orange/amber color. Some lacing with a thin white film for a head. Aroma is nice clear hops. Flavor begins with clean hops but finish is resiny and bitter.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a nice off-white head. Low grapefruit aroma. Big grapefruit and pine flavor with some backing malt. Long lasting grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied.