pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a reddish caramel brown with a light off-white head... Aroma of biscuity caramel malt and a softer west coast hop profile. Not so fresh aroma overall but still hoppy to a lesser degree... Sweeter malty with a moderate degree of hops and a more than adequate bittering in the finish. Decent body and carbonation. Pretty balanced but not so freshly hopped to be ideal.
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear, deeply golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly. The bouquet is of toffee and musky, funky hops. Full-bodied and velvety with kicked back carbonation. The huge caramel and toffee backbone is scarcely able to bear the huge, earthy onslaught of lupulin . Definitely leans onto the bitter side of balance. Lengthy, almost violently bitter finish. Reminiscent of Dreadnaught, but not quite as enjoyable.
mar (5134) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to blutt59 maybe? poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is bitter piney hops, citrus, and more bitterness. nice palate, flavor is syrupy, bitter, piney, and delicious.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours clear copper/amber with a thin white head that leaves specks of lace. Smells nicely balanced with earthy, resiny hops and mellow caramelly malts, some alcohol as well. Nice. Tastes the same, sweet and balanced. Big, resiny, citrusy hops and nice caramel malt flavors. Full body, good carbonation.
blutt59 (6411) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, amber colored with off white foam, nice sweaty pine aroma, clean piney hops and caramel biscuit flavor, clean hop finish
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head with good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with faint peach. Not as bitter as I expected. Starts off sweet caramel malty goodness followed by hops and finishes slightly bitter.
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Joe "Kan is a beautiful man" Muck, thanks a lot! Poured a clear amber with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of pine with a bit of floral and citrus and a cereal backing. Flavor had a nice transformation from pine to light fruit, citrus and cereal finish.
larryLSB (485) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Kind of partial to Drakes, since I grew up in San Leandro. Poured from a bomber, new penny copper, with a nice off white head that lingered. Nose was on the sweet fruity side, with hints of fresh cut pine. Nice taste, again, on the sweet side, with a little spice thrown in. Medium bodies with a nice long finish.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours orange color with off white head. Aroma was citrus and bready notes. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors were bready or biscuit with a touch of citrus. I thought it would have been more bitter. Still a nice brew to try.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, great iipa! locally made, only $6.50 for a bomber. combine that with the fact that this beer is extremely drinkable, and the fact that is has nearly 10%(label on newest batch states 9.75%), and you have a really damn good deal hear. the hop profile is very nice, and its balanced nicely with a light biscuity backbone about half way through the sip. the finish is incredibly smooth, bitter but not unpleasant, this beer drinks scary easy.