illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jjpm74, as a bonus!!! Thanks John, I was too cheap to pick this up in PA. Pours a hazy amber orange with retentive off white head. Aroma of citrus (lemon, orange, tangerine) with some caramel malts hiding in the background. Medium bodied with an organic/earthy texture. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, and wet grains that is countered by a huge, puckering grapefruit rind bitterness that carries through to the finish and lingers. Lots of dry hopping on this one,. An interesting take on the style and way out of balance as far as hops go- but I love hops so I don’t mind. Cheapdark would absolutely hate this stuff.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, nuts, wood, chocolate malts, caramel, and resin. Poured dark amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of hops, malts, caramel, resin, wood, and more hops. I do not detect the pine that most people seem to taste in this beer. Medium body. Chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Dry hoppy finish.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Bottle shared by mmtmatrix. A pretty nice surprise. Poured a nice copper color with a moderate off-white head that left some lacing. Aroma of flowery, earthy hops with some light citrus undertones. Moderate bitter, earthy entry leads into an earthy, flowery hop hit with some light citrus on the finish. Full on the palate with a nice bitter dryness. Nice.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark bronze color. Woodsy hop aroma, with hints of pine and spruce. Flavor is very woodsy, maybe some Centennial or Chinook, some lemon. Pretty pure & raw and quite nice and impressive.
bb (7488) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich copper-amber beer with a nice dark cream coloed head. Grapefruit and caramel aroma with a bit of summer fruit and woodsiness. Nice grapefruit, pine, woodsy flavor with backing malt. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, caramel lingers. More to it than a pure PNW hop bomb. Tea or maybe begemot starts to show up and really come forward as you drink more.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, orange-amber color; textured light-tan head with great retention and foamy lacing; great pour. Solid amounts of candy sugar, earthy and citrus hops, and pecans in the aroma; some tea; interesting stuff. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: creamy, lightly carbonated feel; resiny citrus and orange; zesty, tasty IPA. Medium finish: oranges, toastiness, and some husks.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours deep amber with a medium sized off-white head. Fragrant grapefruity hop aroma with some caramel malt in the background. Nice citric hop flavor with some pine needles, caramel, toffee and honey notes. Long, resinous hop finish. Very enjoyable; well crafted and not too over-the-top.
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5 oz bottle. Clear orange brown with a coating bone skin. Nose is orange zest and toffee; light grass. Almost medium with soft resin and a nice stinging carb. Taste is carmelized orange, tea, pink grapefruit and rose petals. Dry finish with peppery pine.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting - Perfect Pour - Dark amber, creamy off white head. Rich caramel nougat and peachy pine aromas warm to soft honey spruce notes. Sugared fruity and pine hop flavors balance on a bready caramel backbone from start to finish. Loads of hop flavor without any bite. Medium bodied with pillow soft carbonation. A very different, but tasty IPA...
3fourths (8593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber orange with a 1/4 inch tan head. Nose is instant crystal malt, doughy, nutty, bready, etc, along with some light nut and dried fruit hop notes that are overwhelmed by the crystal malt. Flavor is much the same: overwhelming presence of crystal malt, which has no place whatsoever in IPA, and then as background noise only are some light fruity hop notes, some peanut notes, etc, and only a mild bitterness. Not my cup of tea.