FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A steady pour into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass produces a three-finger thick pale, tan tinged, off-white colroed head. The beer is bright honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright golden hue to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ripe tangelo, light guava notes, tropical tangelo, peppery lychee, floral peach notes, and lots of tropical citrus character. The grain provides a subtle note of whole grain cracker, and some hay like character, but really the backing note here is more hops, spicy, woody, pine & cedar, perhaps a touch of sage, really just a nice essential oil character of spicy wood sap.
The beer is nicely bitter, and has a velvety texture to it without being overly heavy, and the bitterness in the finish helps to lighten things up. The texture of this beer plays up the oily citrus character, kumquat zest, tangelo zest, and peppery spruce oil, that morphs into the woody side of the hops with pine oil, essential sage oil, a bit of spicy cedar, and perhaps even some smoked beechwood. The malt plays purely a supporting role here, it supports the hops without getting in the way, providing texture, and very little flavor so that the hops take the clear lead. A hint of cracker like pale malt, some light whole grain character malt and a finish that has a touch of sun-baked straw character to it.
This is a nicely fresh, hoppy-vibrant IPA that is hitting the spot; I like the mix of tropical fruit and citrus notes with the spicy, woody character. The latter is what makes this beer interesting and a bit unique. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.
batneil (403) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent. Clear golden colour with a thin head that lingers on the glass. Hoppy but not very hoppy.
Theydon_Bois (10622) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, 16/04/14.
Clear pale golden with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is fresh hs, citrus fruit, light grapefruit, grassy tinge, orange pith.
Taste comprises orange pith, mineral twang, pine bite, straw, light grapefruit, hint of spice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close laced with hop bitterness.
JerseyHophead (21) - California, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is very piney with a hint of lemon. Taste is very piney with a base of biscuit malt and notes of citrus. Finishes with a piney hop bite. All around it’s a good malty, piney IPA that drinks fairly smooth.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma with light earth. Grapefruit and light sweet malt flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and light summer fruit lingers with light sweet malt and light pine.
boozedude (2135) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber into glass hazy orange pour with white head, aroma is fruit some sugar, taste is super bitter, but good, well balanced
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with lasting white head. Nice spicy, floral, citrusy hoppy aromas. Medium bodied. Very tasty floral, pine, spicy, citrusy hop flavors with some pale malt sweetness___nicely drying bitter finish---very good.
EdInSaltLake (703) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Herbal, celery-like aroma. Fruity, spicy hops, and a light sweet malty flavor.
SrSilliGose (3277) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. brokensail sending the bottle from box. notes of passionfruit, pine. some light resin. leaves bitter pine note. too bitter. some sweet booze caramel. too big for my liking. okay
Gription79 (2393) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Mike. Big hop character, citrusy, pine, juicy. The malts are subtle, caramel. Nice beer.