Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to curly for the trade! Cloudy orange, loose white head. Smells - no kidding - like grapefruit juice. Clean, crisp citrus flavors, with some piney, resiny flavors as it warms. Just enough malt flavors to keep it interesting. Very good stuff
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had to try this, since Iím such a fan of this hop - clear copper, sudsy lace - there is a light sweetness and tea-like character in the nose, but the zesty and tropical notes of the hops are most prominent - medium carbonation - flavor has a light, clean sweetness up front, but it is mostly dry throughout, especially in the finish - the malt backbone mostly stays out of the way, but provide a sturdy base for the potent, peppery/spicy hop flavors - quite bitter, but not in any way abrasive - finish is very dry - very solid IPA.
waolsen (1367) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. copper pour with thick frothy head. nice lacing. light citrus and fresh hop aroma. smooth with late bitter finish. nice balance.
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thick, two centimetre tall off-white head - nice. Aroma of peaches, bright grapefruity hops and yes, the best smell of all, passionfruit. Medium-bodied; Strong herbal and slightly grapefruity hops at first gives way to a good malt backbone showing some depth and then a mild hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste isnít too complex with only a handful of light fruit flavours capturing anything more from the light herbal hop notes and the mild malt. Overall, a good IPA, but nothing more and nothing less - doesnít really compare to some of the best IPAs, but its definitely drinkable. Whether or not its worth searching out for, is up to you, but I wouldnít really look for this one at all if I knew better - there are far too many IPAs better than this one. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 09-June-2012 for US$7.25 sampled at home in Washington on 01-September-2012.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: This was really nice. It really showcased the hopsí flavors, but had enough balance to keep the hop bitterness from becoming overwhelming.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an ever so slightly hazy, medium to dark, brownish, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that kept a nice sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel; moderate to heavy resin, grapefruit, passion fruit and other tropical fruit hops; and brown sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, light to moderately acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately acidic and moderate to heavily bitter. There was caramel, brown sugar, passion fruit, tropical and citrus fruit hops, a little resin hops, a little grapefruit with brown sugars sprinkled on it, and a little semi-dark bread. The medium body was sort of oily, slightly syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish.
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber. Beautiful bright orange pour with a thick rocky white head. The aroma is gorgeous. Bright tropical fruit, grapefruit and some juicy fruit aroma over a lovely rich pale malt base. A touch of spice that rounds out the sweeter fruity notes on the back. Bright and zesty with a distinct whiff of peach as well. Awesome stuff.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from State Line, Elkton. Lovely pour, a deep translucent orange with a silky head. Fulsome nose, fruit coming through nicely but as a solid complement to the bright hops. Very smooth and full, creamy body. So sweet but at the same time subtle and balanced, no mere overdose of elements to create a mere effect. Superbly balanced and drinkable.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and orange in it, as well as some sweetness from the biscuit malt. The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of mango and apricot notes at first, along with some biscuit malt. As I drink more I start to get some peach and other tropical fruit. The bitterness level is low but the hop flavor is very strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
reebtogi (4520) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bomber pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon, grapefruit and passionfruit with some caramel. Taste is grapefruit and lemon bitterness balanced nicely with a passionfruit and caramel malty sweetness. Meidum bodied with nice carbonation leaving a nice tickle on the tongue. This is a nicely done IPA that is highly recommended for a great tasting experience.
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger, Manhattan - 01/03/12.
Hazy orange colour with a frothy finger of off-white head.
Hoppy citrus nose, orange predominates and a touch of lemon.
Taste as nose with a certain amount of malts in the body and a tangy finish.
OK - not as bitter as Iíd expected from a west coast IPA.