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. I’m 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 Drake’s 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.
SlovakSniper (2494) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une bouteille de 12 onces bue dans mon camp de chasse. Une robe dorée foncée sur laquelle flotte une petite tête chétive. Un nez plutôt caramélisé qui montre d’intéressants parfums d’agrumes et de beaux arômes de conifères. Sur les papilles s’installent des saveurs nettes de fruits amers. Un sucre malté qui offre tout le respect nécessaire. Une bouche bien huileuse et des bulles fines qui explosent avec intelligence. Une finale fraîche et amère qui s’accroche pour de longues minutes. Bien content d’être tombé sur une bouteille qui affiche une forme splendide.
tectactoe (656) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: slightly hazed amber center with some gold around the edges; big, chunky light-beige head that leaves very nice lacing behind. Aroma contains a lightly ashy, piney, & herbal hop profile on top of a seemingly sticky sweet malt background with caramel & toffee. Smells both bitter & sweet. Taste is sticky toffee malt up front with a lighter hop presence on top of it. Light citrus peel & pine notes, but mostly toffee, caramel, & light butterscotch malt notes. Sweet, toasty bread finish. Not bad, but not what I look for in an IPA - too large of a malt presence for such a modest hop bill.
Wegro (329) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
enjoyable with good sweetness and malt backbone. some pine and candy sugar-ness. moderate bitterness, but lingering. touch of woodiness/spruce that I’m liking. good, but can’t help but that it’s a little on the thin side, sort of gears you up for something great and then it’s over real fast.
Daddybrew (7) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was a bottle received in a trade, may have been old. Poured amber gold with a thin but dense head, Hoppy and malty - too much malt flavor for my taste. It was yesterday that I drank it, and I did not make notes at the time, so no details on the profile. Bottom line, it was not one of my favorites, but YMMV.
RedSox2004 (1047) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Daily Pint. Clear golden brown with an egg-white head that left excellent lace. Aromas of biscuity malt and flowery hops. Pine and grapefruit hop flavors poke through a strong doughy malt base. Medium body and carbonation, sticky mouthfeel and a crisp bitter finish.
Dodgrblu (462) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Firestone Public House, some soapiness, but otherwise good flavor and aroma.
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kevinator (556) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Above average IPA. It has a nice piney and citrus aroma. The color is bronze and copper with a little bit of cloudiness. The palate was an average weight with a good amount of carbonation given its age. It was a nice blend of malts and hops with a good bitter finish. Well-rounded and refreshing.
VinegarStroke (104) - Napa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very lifted malt, fruit, and subtle hops. A little funky with darker malt or slightly sour nose. Spice, citrus and tropical aromatics. Deep golden to red. Clear. Solid froth. Full body. Slightly bitter. Rich. Loads of flavour and great complexity. Very balanced with the exception of the bitterness.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours orange with an off white head. Fruity and grassy hops, lightly sweet malts, and medium bitterness. Maybe a touch old? There’s no date on the bottle so who knows. Not bad, but not great either.
blklab2007 (1775) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated bottled on 6/17/13. Pour has an orange amber color and a thin coating of white head. Aroma has caramel malt, light bitterness, and some citrus. Mouth feel is light and the carbonation medium low. Flavor again does not pop with hops for me, caramel malt, light citrus, and some bitterness.