Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After pouring the beer into a glass I notice the aroma is quite pleasant, light, and dry. The most distinctive character of the aroma is its very nice hoppyness. And a closer sniff reveals a hint of alcohol, more hops and uplifting freshness.
Appearance of the ale is like looking at a brown with a bit of cloudiness, yet better looking. Dark amber with a very nice glow. Iím very pleased with the appearance especially since it does produce a lacy head.
The flavor is solid yet dry. Full yet light. Fresh complex and well balanced with a superb hop finish.
I have never heard of Drakeís IPA, gold medal winner, which happens to be so close to this area. Brewed in San Leandro Calif. Founded in 1989 and one of the Bay Areas first microbreweries. Ingredients from USA, UK, Germany, and Czech Republic. I have now bought over a case of the product and am happy at $7.99 a 6-Pack.
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
not a gusher, but a little overboard bubbly. smell and flavor are again malt dominated, even for an english style ipa. that said, itís a fairly well balanced beer, but it does nothing to justify being in the 98th percentile. fruity malt, with little in the way of bittering or floral hops...maybe a little past itís prime, but there is no date, so iíll never know."
cstuartj (984) - Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, pour deep golden yellow with a nice thick head that laces for the full drink. Big grassy, pine, sweet citrus nose. Attack is bright, crisp, light. Critus and grass notes. finishes just a bit sweet and fruity.
Banksiz (29) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty nose with pine-resin notes. Pours a dark copper with a good head. Rich bitterness with no harshness, balanced well with the malt, and a nice lingering hoppy finish. Excellent IPA.
mintzmeet (212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild, hoppy. Nutty. A little but peppery. pretty mellow. Slightly mushy. Crisp, solid brew.
tightslice (212) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at Milagroís Restaurant in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is pine, cedar, herbs. Taste is the same. Strong yet crisp. Herbal yet refreshing. Very sharp and chewy stuff.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Chris! Prototypical west coast visuals ... orange-tinged amber, big rocky head. Tart citric aroma stings the olfactory glands. But on the palate, this is more mellow ... thereís definitely a mellower aspect of that California wet, mushy hoppiness. But itís also a bit more base ... a hint of cedar even. Woody. (#5622, 8/15/2014)
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
drGreat aroma, dank and floral underlying pine, yep the flavor is the nose and well above average. Tropical fruit with citrus and nice lingering pine hints in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a few seconds after the sip. True to style, west coast IPA. Draft sample from the source.
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange color aroma is a bursting grapefruit and crisp apple. Great mouthfeel. Crisp, dank. Super chewy. Almost medicinal but insanely crisp. Really sticks around for a whole
miquelcrush (1400) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.
jkwood04 (4030) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours golden/amber with a white head. Aroma of floral and citrusy and resinous hops, pale and caramel malts, and dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer.