aaronbr (157) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got a snifter of this from the Rose and Crown as I sampled their leftovers from SF Beer Week. Awesome and potent grassy aroma. Deep orange appearance. Nicely balanced flavor, powerful and hoppy. I think this is one of the better ones Iíve had.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Fatherís Office. Clear medium orange with a well-retained light beige head. Scorched toffee and light cotton candy dominate with some pine hops, then grapefruit, and apricot. The flavor still has melts dominating, with the hops mainly being grapefruity. There are still some apricot notes, but pretty tamed until the finish. Semidry with plenty of ETOH warmth and spiciness. bitterness at a 4-5. Medium-full body with light prickly carbonation. So many malts make this seem like an American Strong Ale or Imperial Red.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Beautiful clear amber with a fluffy tan head., aroma of fruity and hoppy overtones, caramel and greatness...Grass and citrus taste, very dry caramel, awesome! Very well balanced. Medium bubbles. Dry!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Pacific Coast Brewing. Pours a bright, clear slightly oily golden-amber color; thin, off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Kind of a disappointing aroma: orange hop character, oily with a touch of basic sugar. Dense, chewy, oily mouthfeel: minimal astringency; loads of sticky, dank earthy and piney bitterness; gorgeous hop character; slightly relaxed carbonation, with nice levels of acidity and just buckets of oily hops; rather viscous without being too heavy; quite nice IIPA - a heavily oily rendition that you can really sink your teeth into. The only problem being, of course, that a dry rendition would go down much better: dense orange core here. Lengthy, tongue-numbing bitterness: piney, minerals, with a lightly toasted burnt malt core.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2009, day 3: Green, chewy hop flavors tasted like I was chewing on a hop cone. Rich malts went well with the spicy, flowery hop aromas. Very tasty beer.
joeneugs (5269) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark amber color with an off white, almost tan head. Aroma is very strong with pine, and fruit. Taste is super thick with tropical fruit and massively bitter hops in the finish. A hop heads dream. A bit thick for me, but very strong and tasty.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Clear amber golden with an off-white and lacing head. Sweetish peachy hop aroma. Quite full-bodied, sweet caramel and fat peachy hops that leave a surprisingly discreet bitterness. Warming alcohol in the finish. 070709
yespr (38505) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Grapefruity ad orange hoppy aroma. Flavour is grapefruity with a light touch of winegrapes and more solid grapefruity flavours. Smooth hoppy and light malt base flavoured finish. Nice and easy.
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I donít understand why this is rated so highly. Not a very good IIPA IMO. Heavily focused on malt (caramel) and alcohol. Bitter piny hops and citrus. Lots of heat, and some grain. Really I didnt like it that much... if you want a hop bomb thats not stupidly hot, get something else.
KUEric (922) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good IIPA. A little deeper in color than some can be, and a little bread-y-ier than IIPAs can be. Malts were present more than some IIPAs, but this is a west-coast hop guy. The kicker for this guy was its lingering bitter aftertaste, which I enjoyed.