erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this right after old pligny at toronados: Pours a deep amber with a mild aroma of hops. Small head and little lacing. Very boring for this or any style. Medium bodied. The malts actually outweight the hops. Not bitter enough at all. Very boring.
3fourths (8878) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 [rerate needed] On draft @ the Toronado. Medium yellow color, huge amount of lacing. Buttery nose with wood and milk, the flavor has a little butter, but it’s still nice. Sweet vanilla nose, kinda weird. Very good bitterness, not cloying, just a nice even buzz of hop bitterness like a DIPA should have.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Toronado in San Francisco, CA) This is a solid 2IPA, fairly malty and sweet, but with a very strong hops component; Big, bitter grapefruit flavor in the finish; Medium to full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel early that is balanced and cleared in the finish by the strong hops component; Piney, hoppy nose is excellent; Light amber color; Off-white head has good retention and leaves lots of patchy lacing
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, orange-copper body with a very long lasting, creamy, cotton-clored head. Smells of pine cones and needles, a little citrusy lemon. Big sweet taste is pineapple, papaya, pinecones. Leaves a bitter-hop finish. Really good. God bless california agressively hopped IPA’s!
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Toronado. Slightly hazy copper color. A strong grassy aroma. Extremely bitter, almost harsh with pine and wood.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 I thought this was one of the best beers at GABF. Sticky hop taste balanced nicely with citrus flavor. Excellent.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity peach, strawberry aromas.Amber appearance.Very bitter at first gives way to fruity citrus,strawberry apricot and peach flavors,Herbal lemon zest bitter finish.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice strong ipa, very crisp bittering hops with a bit of citrus alongside a dash or two of malt, moderately heavy mouthfeel
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange - poured with a little sediment. Aroma is orange, grapefruit, and grass clippings. Flavor is similar with a resiny kick and mouthfeel. good and recommended.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2003 A double IPA from El Toro, this ale commits the sin of letting alcohol be it's main flavor. The hops are there more for bitterness than for flavor, it seems. Very heavy, barly-wineish body and mouthfeel. I don't know how this won best of show at the California brewer's festival over Stone IPA. Just okay.