awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 From 12oz Bottle. Pours a murky, honey brown coloring with a medium layer of creamy beige head. Pleasant balance of caramel cookie dough and fresh stawberries balance out an otherwise traditional west coast IPA bouquet. A touch of cinnimon and brown sugar give it a mildly sweet touch. The mouthfeel is actually a touch thin considering the richness of the aroma, but it splashes the delicious hop juice across my eagerly waiting tongue nonetheless. Some yummy gingerbread cookie dough and an added yeasty spiciness thats unique and complexifying at the same time. The only trivial item I would improve about the flavor would be a small addition of the caramel sweetness and rich complexity found in the aroma. The finish drips of cascade hops and some of the doughy spiciness. Pleasantly different example of the style - well done!
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First off, WOW what a bottle! I bought this sixer just for the lable alone, and now I think Iím converted. It pours a common dark honey brown and leaves a dirty white head with a clinging lace. Itís not your run of the mill bitter hop bite IPA. This beer is (dare I say) a perfect blend of mild citrus tang, undercover hops and enough malt to make this one of the smoothest IPAís Iíve ever had. This is not a "normal" IPA in any sense of the word. Shure, it hits you in the back of the tounge where itís suppose to, but with an abnormal smoothness. This is the next step in the evolution of the IPA and itís won a spot in my fridge forever. This is a beer that you cant wait to offer to a best friend and puff your chest out with pride of having found it first.
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy bronze with a small tan head, Floral hoppy nose, and a piney citrusy hop body close with a pleasantly bitter finish. Great!
Bartzilla (556) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, with the cute label. Delicious. Perfect. Man, I can drink this stuff up. Girls, this isnít for you. There was a hop festival in my mouth at Liars Club yesterday. I had an Alpine Duet, Pliny The Elder then this beautiful hop bomb. Thereís enough hops in here to survive a trip to Mars, much less India. Beautiful. I wish I could always have this.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Bottled. Wow, this is really good. Red/Copper and floral/hoppy aroma. Nicely balanced, crisp and piney. Very refreshing and a good find!
9/22/10. I originally had this at a 4.0 from 2006. Either I have changed, or this 6 pack I bought is old and bad. This beer tastes like carpet. Iím getting no citrus fresh hop goodness, just highly astringent and not good.
marcus (6988) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This blonde ale poured with a huge off-white head, eliciting a fruity, hoppy aroma. This beer is indeed well-balanced and is a fine example of the IPA style, with its own unique character.
brianprentiss (676) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes, very very good! This is a great IPA and deserves the high ratings. One of Drakes best.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the Liars Club. Another great example of what a west coast IPA should taste like. Everything you would expect, a wonderful dark golden color, a strong floral hop nose, and a strong hop taste. Excellent.
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish copper hue. Darker than I would have expected. Murky, appears unfiltered...I like that. Fairly large bubbles drift from the bottom of the glass, generally a sign that the pillowy head wonít last. Head has dropped significantly but a semi tight ring of head is clinging to the side of the glass. Brussels lace is holding on, earns the beer an additional point.
Lots of hoppy nose on this beer. A blind tasting would be a no brainer with this one. More pine like than citrus (which is cool because it differs greatly from the Smuttynose in this area). And thats why we are doing this smile.gif
First impression after tasting is the actual abundant malty flavor. I find that most IPAís are unbalanced so I welcome some maltiness. But I also welcome hops which I am not finding. Bitterness yes, hops no. Bitterness is a bit too much towards the end with out the flavoring hops to back it up. Sweetness comes as it warms but its a little too late.
Not a silky beer, but a quality mouth feel is hard to come by. Not astringent by any means. Pretty standard in that department.
Overall I like this beer. Nice malty flavor, decent head. This beer lacked the WOW factor...a complexity which seperates it from the pack... which would have gotten it a higher rating. But over all I am pleased with this beer. This beer would probably open up much better on tap than in the bottle.
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large rocky white head, retention is good, lace is spotty. Hazy, copper color with an orange glow. Nose is big, pungent with pine and citrus, spicy and a light earthyness. Body is medium, creamy and coating. Hop flavors up front, piney, citrusy and a bit resiny, crystal maltiness behind the serious raw hop grassines, lightly oily. Finish is fruity and bitter, lingering. A bold IPA! Props to Fordest for the trade!