thelandstander (46) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 From the tap at the El Toro Brewery in Morgan Hill. Strong smell of hops, grapefruit and alcohol. Taste was very, very strong. Tasted of grapefruit and grapefruit pith. Long, long bitter aftertaste. Pretty good. Liked this better than the regular IPA.
argo0 (12112) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 (3/1/09, 12oz bottle, thanks SamGamgee) Medium off-white head mostly dissipates, amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, light bread/caramel. Medium-full body, some resin, low carbonation. (7/3/8/4/15)
(9/18/05, draft, Toronado) Clear amber body with beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, orange, melon. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Medium-full, sticky body. (7/4/7/3/14)
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a golden orange with an off white head. Aromas of pine and citrus. Palate is smooth but resiny. Flavor has a sweet malt backbone with flavors of grapefruit and a hint of oranges and pine. This beer has a nice long lasting bitter aftertaste.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop heads rejoice. This one has plenty of hops. Not really a doube IPA in my opinion, as itís a bit thin and hoppy without quite enough malt balance. Still, I love hops and this one delivers plenty of them.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big resinous oily double. nice balance with big bitterness piney citrusy and malty. Huge nose with tons of floral hop wondrousness.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with no real head. Aroma is very fresh, hoppy in a pine sort of way. The key word here is fresh- if youíve ever broken open a freshly picked hop cone right off the vine and smelled the aroma- thats exactly what this brew smells like. This is a fantastic IIPA. Surprisingly drinkable. Alcohol is not apparent at all. Almost enough malt to balance the potent bitterness. Nice medium body coats the mouth. The bitterness sticks for a while just like it should. Beautiful.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro 2XIPA Fest. Light to medium orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Fairly bitter IPA, there is a bit hop bite in this beer. Nicely balanced. Fairly smooth taste for all that bitterness (100+ IBU). Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep orange-amber color with a good off-white head. Huge grapefruit aroma. Flavors of grapefruit, good not-overpowering malt backbone, some pine tar, some caramel. Nice lingering bitterness and good mouthfeel. This oneís not going to overpower, but itís not harsh and is well crafted.
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy orange coloured body with a nice dense white head that lasts long. Aroma of pure cascade hops with little else-nice and strong! Medium-bodied; Super strong piney & citrus hops in the taste with a nice malt backbone. Aftertaste bittered from the strong hops-VERY nice! Overall, one of the best west coast ipaís iíve had, and a real treat to sample it with the desired method in a fun bar! I sampled this pint from draught at Toronado in San Francisco, California on the second day of 10-June-2004...our first was spent in Sydney, Australia.
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.