marcus (8591) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. This amber ale poured iwth a thin beige head and a pleasant floral aroma. There is a soft malt flavor at the start and a nice piney hop bite at the finish.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a low off-white head. Slight grapefruit/pine aroma. Fresh grapefruit/pine flavor with good caramel backing and decent bitterness (though it fades quickly). Medium bodies. Good balance. Nice hop flavor but could be better with more bittering.
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Wet Hop Event at the Hayward Bistro. Pours clear copper with a bright white head and nice lacing. The aroma is very light with faint sweet malts and roastiness. I had a hard time picking up much hoppiness in the nose. The taste is malty with sweet roasted malts and caramelization. The hops show up in equal strength as the malts with spiciness, mild sweet citrus hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is dry, slightly tart and has a lingering citrus bitterness.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color. Small head. Aroma is caramel, floral hops and floral. A medium bodied ‘ale’. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit and orange. Tons of centennial and cascades. This is a deceptively hoppy beer. It’s very hoppy, and yet it isn’t all that bitter. Hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
GregClow (3067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Hazy reddish-orange colour. I was pretty hopped out after the Hoppiness, Pliny and Dorado, so I don’t think I was able to give this a fair tasting, but as far as hop-bombs go, it’s a pretty good one. I was glad to move on to some new styles after this one, though.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 (Draft: Wet Hop Beer Festival, O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Tied for first place (with Rogue Hop Heaven) in this Wet Hop Festival, at least to me! Very flavorful, malty and somewhat sweet, moderately hoppy and bitter. The nose is strongly hoppy, but malty and sweet too. Medium bodied, but with a nice full mouthfeel. Amber in color. Light tan head is kinda bubbly and has good size during the pour. Some patchy lacing.
mjg74 (2945) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, O’Brien’s Wet Hop Fest. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber reddish color. Skunky bud aroma. Much pine. Very bitter. Lots of skunky hop throughout.
jazz88 (2645) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado (12/19/04). A reddish brown color with a tan head. A strong pine hop aroma with some citrus. Bitter, dry and hoppy flavors. A touch of sweetness amd full bodied. Somewhat harsh at the finish as many double IPAs are.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a dark accented amber color showed a solid lacing head above and spicey hop fumes...spicey, caramelly hop flavors..some bitterness, and a mild medicinal tingle.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The deep amber body of this brew is topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and grapefruity wtih a slight underlying pine note. Nice aroma. The flavor is sweet yet spicy and hoppy with some pine and a touch of fruit. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a little oily.