ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, orange, other citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel malts and a bit of breadiness.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more bitterness alongside a bit of bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and some sweet bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile and bitterness and good overall balance.
BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on July 29, 2012 (picked it up for $5.99 at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012). 2-3 fingers of head. Light pale color. Frothy, foamy white head. Decent retention all around.
Smelled citrus hops first (seemed to be grapefruit leading), really could smell a great deal of bitterness. Also caramel, light chocolate, spices (maybe pepper). Not too overwhelming overall. Decided on a 3.5 over a 4.0.
Nice balance on the tongue. Still bitter though. Caramel, light chocolate, citrus hops - lime, lemon, slight pine. Still that pepper spice.
Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.
Never heard of this, but enjoyed it after picking it up at KnB Wine Cellars. I’d give it and Eagle Rock another try.
benderlil (13) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you can get your hands on a pint of the IPA from Eagle Rock, I highly recommend Populist.
Delicious pine and citrus notes with a little fresh marijuana thrown in.
Taste is like the small and the mouthfeel is perfect for a sessionable 7% beer.
yespr (29437) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Form tap at the brewery. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and light citrusy. Smooth hoppy, bitter and lingering citrusy. Smooth mango and peachy fruity. Lingering fruity into the finish.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Eagle Rock. Pours a clear orange, huge formation, thick lacing. Nose is excellent grapefruit, pine, and resin. Very fresh. Taste is rich toffee, caramel, grapefruit. Creamy, dense palate. Chewy. Butterscotch and pine resin through the finish. An excellent West Coast IPA. Very good.
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper. Aroma is bright and hoppy, lightly citrusy. Flavor is good and rich with a good spucy and citrusy flavor. Solid stuff.
daknole (8333) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour at the brewery. Aroma of citrus hops and bready malts. Hops get lost a bit in the malt. This is just ok.
AdamJackson (2013) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A great trader sent me this beer. Stuck it in the fridge, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. No brew date on the bottle.
A - SRM of 7, 1 finger head creamy bubbles, decent head lacing
S - Very distant hop profile, i’m smelling peaches, lemon zest and a bit of sharp cheddar. There’s some tropical fruits like banana and pineapple.
T - Not great. Like a flat and old cream soda. No hop profile at all, a minor bit of pine but really very distant.
M - 50/50 carbonation on the mouth swish. Spoiling aftertaste like old pumpkin pie.
O - Not great. Drain pour.
BrewDad (4606) - Olympia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. This was with decent hops forward aroma. Lots of fruity flavor grapefruit and pine. Interesting brew to say the least.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
$5.99 22oz bomber, no date from Olive Tree Market in OB. Glad to see these guys are bottling now. Visited them a few times right when they opened. Clear amber orange with a creamy 1/2 finger off-white head, fading to a thick ring and film before long, but then hanging around a while. Pretty weak aroma of some sweaty citrus Cascade hops and a tinge of pine, biscuit malts are present, but again, weak. Doesn’t smell old, just weak. Flavor has some biscuit and light toasted malt, and low flavor/aroma hops. Substantial bitterness midway through to the finish peaked at an 8 or so. No way that malt backbone can stand up to that much bitterness. Ugh, so bitter! Just a tinge of caramel sweetness noted as well, which did show up in the aroma a little as it warmed. Dry finish, alcohol masked well. Smooth medium body with low prickly carbonation. The malts and palate (and appearance) were A-OK for me, but the hops were every sort of wrong for me, which, unfortunately for an American IPA, is most of the point of the style.