OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 On tap Coopers IPA fest í06 in Seattle. This one pours a hazy amber yellow , lighter-colored than most IPAs, with a modest head.
The aroma brings lots of tea leaf and floral hops. The flavor explodes with floral dry-hoppedness and hints of whisky. This is intensely hoppy, but it is not the sort strong oil citrus you often get in a c-hop PacNW IPA, and the intensity in the finish is relatively shortlived. The beer falls short in that thereís no malt presence to back up all of that delicious hop flavor. The palate is a bit watery on the front, though it fills out nicely through the sip.
All in all, this is an appealing but ultimately flawed beer. Itís good, but could be better. That big dryhop flavor sure is nice, though....
Earlier Rating: 11/1/2005 Total Score: 3.6
Bomber 8/29/06 I need to lower my expectations when I come to this one. At $2.50 a bomber itís a good deal on a perfectly nice beer, but Iím always disappointed when I compare my current experience to the 4.0 that I gave it when I was young and impressionable (i.e., last year). Itís a nice enough IPA, but really nothing better. So far as the hops go, itís relatively mild for the PacNW, pine and orange , strong on the caramel malt though not massively sweet.
Draft 2/6/06: On tap at Atlas in Seattle. Pours a soft orange with a reasonable head. The aroma is relatively subdued; some piney hops and hint of sugary malt, but thatís about it. The flavor is mouth-puckering pine resin hops, with substantial backing from sweet brown-sugar malts, though the beer itself is not a sweet IPA in the least. The finish is dry, bits of citrus mixed in with the same full-bodied but not overwhelming piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily, but not unpleasantly so; unfortunately, this glass was badly overcarbonated, to the point of being prickly.
Original rating 11/1/05: From the bottle. Pours a golden amber with an ample foamy head. A well-crafted --- even if somewhat straightforward --- Pacific Northwest IPA. The aroma is pine and grapefruit and orange peel; the mouthfeel and flavor are not at all harsh, with a big cascade hop taste without being overwhelming in the least. Thereís some sweetness here, as in honey, not as in syrup. The finish is gentle compared to some of the more brash IPAs, but satisfying. Definitely worth repeating. 7/4/8/4/17
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep golden orange in color with a nice white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Citrusy grapefruit notes. Clean mouthfeel. Malty and hoppy flavor. Smooth. Finish is hoppy with a nice bitterness. Easy drinking beer. Very nice.
omhper (21279) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Clear deep golden. Aroma of mango and grapefruit. Dry with clean but bold mouthfeel. There are juicy hops, but it ends with ashy bitterness. A good, solid beer, but nothing that stands out amongst the IPAs in the PNW:
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour. Big hoppy aroma, some cascade, amarillo with fresh grassy resiny flavour as well. Aroma of grapefruit, grass/hay. Sweet malts, but low complexity. Clean yeast, resiny bitterness. Lingering bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 9/11/2005 Total Score: 3.4
Tap at GCBF. Very yeasty with large chunks suspended in it. Light brown/amber colour. Creamy tan head. Nice strong fresh resiny hop aroma. Flavour is of woodsy fresh hops, resin, pine, cedar, light caramel, a bit of toffee. Light yeastiness and a touch of fruit. I suspect this would be better without all the yeasty notes. Lighter bitterness than the aroma suggests.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Besmirched goldenrod. Small, yellow dusted whitish top of fair foam. Exquisite lacing in patchy sheeting.
Clean, soft, aroma of orangey/grapefruit citric spruce pine needles.
Rounded hoppy taste with a nice balanced front and middle. Malts keep a nice sweet side to its overall. A toasted surge gains control therein and sticks for the duration of the entire ride while a prevalent hop flavor provides some significant piney flavors. Finish is a spectacular blaze of firey hop qualities with leafy/pulpy texture, a surging, controlled bitterness and drying bite, with a complex array of pinewood bark, needles, and oils mixing with glazes of citrusy impressions adding nudges at the corners of the palate with orange, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, and lemon. Beautiful finish with a very nicely handled balance and bitterness that doesnít quite blow away all factors of taste and palate.
Feel is well rounded, smoothly accurate and comforting for an IPA and its overall drinkability with a slippery medium body and finely placed, fairly easy going bitterness. As it warms this becomes one hell of a beer. It really gains a respectful amount of body, texture, hop action, and overall flavor ride.
A gem of a brew from the folks at Elysian.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Immense and yummy. I like everything I have tried from these guys so far. The head on this beer was monstrous, and so was the aroma, not that the aroma was that great, a bit of funkiness, almost like dirty dishwater, and the flavor is kind of earthy and musky, but it is delicious,
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle (Dec 2004, Samís in Chicago). Totally different label from the one shown. Pours an immense, lasting head of thick meringue atop a dirty, hazy amber body...fairly spicy, lightly woody, citrusy nose...nice but muted...full-bodied, fruity-woody flavor profile to begin with, dry hoppiness grows throughout along with strange peppery hotness...body a bit thinned and dusty, but still capable of sustaining the burning fury that is the finish of this fascinating creature...sour cherries, dried wood, burnt caramel...this is a very interesting attempt, I wonder if it is actually improved or at least made more complex and weird by a year in the bottle? Best Iíve had yet from these guys.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with a thn off-white head. Aroma of mild citrus, bread, and caramel. Flavor of mild hops and caramel with a bitter finish.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at good times, pretty good, hoppy and malty with a bite of the Northwest, i don;t know what that means but it sounds good and i know i mean it, typical IPA good not bad decent but not mediocre citrusy in general
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is bright deep golden in color with another huge off white head...smell is nice with soap, pine, and grapefruit, but not overdone...I would not have guessed by the aroma this was PNW or even West coast...taste is phenomenally balanced...nice and slightly sweet quickly and slickly turning warmly bitter, but NOT in your face...very well done and way under-rated.