ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/14/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. This could easily be mistaken for a pilsner. The head is a two finger white color with nice retention. Quite a bit of lace is left on the glass, as well.
S: I notice a lot of pineapple, mango, apricot, pine, and coriander. Hell, I even pick up some of the wild rice used. Quite the impressive aroma in general. However, I can see how someone could pick up ’cat pee’ from the Citra hops - thankfully it all works quite well in this one.
T: THIS is the kind of IPA I like. Light, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing - without any overdone maltiness or hop harshness to spoil things. The citrusy character on this is particularly well done - chock full of mango, passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit, and guava. A slight ’green’ flavor comes through in the midtaste as well, but it’s hardly what I’d call "piny." Neither is it remotely bitter. Maybe it could use a little more complexity...when the few flavors it presents are so incredible, though, who really cares?
M: Completely bone dry and crisp, just as advertised. If the flavors weren’t so joyous to savor, this would go down spectacularly easy. Honestly, though, the ultra-dry finish somehow fits this beer. It’s one of those offerings that I like to keep swishing around in my mouth because I want to savor every last drop. The hop resins linger nicely without providing much bitterness.
O: I hardly ever go this high with my ratings. But this one I feel deserves it. The only other Flying Fish beer I had was the extremely meh Winter Reserve - so who would have ever thought they would come through with such a fantastic DIPA? In retrospect, $16 for a 6-pack is kind of a bargain, really.
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 3 bottles of of a mixed six, pours cloudy amber with a hint of orange and a few champagne bubbles at the start. Taste is spicy hops, some fruit, citrus, is the grittiness coming from the rice? great. Good and strong.
AirForceHops (6305) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 12/7/2016. Clear in color gold with slow steady carbonation. Aroma is similar to sake mixed with light pine and mild fruit.
Interesting flavor; mango in the center followed by rice with a lightly piney, lingering bitterness. Bitterness is moderate to strong with a lasting effect. Body is medium with a decent mouthfeel. I definitely appreciate the substitution of the yeast for the rice. Creative.
Vaiz (4335) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Las Vegas. Clear golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, citrus, spicy and some sake. Flavor is quite bitter, fruity and with citrus. Nice body.
PorterPounder (7432) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Daytona Beach, Fl - Total Wine & More - 12 oz bottle. Slight haze to the medium golden pour, bubbly white head that sticks around a while. Aroma has some light saffron spiciness, a hint of spruce. Full bodied flavor, solid citrus bitterness, some rice-like sweetness, a brief hint of caramel sweetness. Thickish mouthfeel.
Larry_Duffman (387) - - MAY 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. The aroma was floral hops, citrus, and tropical fruit. The taste was hops, grapefruit, other citrus, mango, and rice. It was dry and bitter on the palate. Considering the alcohol content, it was very refreshing and drinkable. It doesn’t drink like a beer with over eight percent alcohol at all. This is very good.
HoppyScallywag (307) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is enticing and the initial taste excites the tastebuds. Hops and malts explode in the mouth, but as the hops build, everything almost just disappears. The alcohols burn is left and a slight bitterness. Easy to drink, but I expected more.
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slowrunner77 (10261) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrus and pine/resin forward in nose and flavor, though also maltier than I like in the style. Perhaps starting to be past it’s prime. Chewy feel is nice.
demannu (380) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy yet transparent golden head with a sizeable foamy white head. Aroma is citrus fruits and mild pine. Palate is very dry (in a good way for me at least), light and crisp. Taste is slightly bitter/piney with nice citrus notes. I’m a fan.
altonbrownd (5775) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bethesda Food & Beverage. Nice copper body with sizeable fluffy head. Nose is hoppy, some spicy and honey. Taste is great, hops, caramel and various flavours. Strong rice and hoppy and fruity finish. Great ABV that is well-hidden. Good stuff!
boisebeerguy (204) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz can. Was not a big fan of this, it was a little malty for my taste but not a bad beer. Would not seek out again