ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
monk191 (1350) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice IPA overall. Pours a pretty ugly clear yellow. Smells of mango, pineapple, lemon, and maybe a hint of wild rice. Taste is well balanced and light, with more tropical fruit, primarily papaya, with a not bitter smooth finish. Had in the bottle.
Aggiebob (337) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange gold color with a thin white head and a little lacing. The nose was pine and citrus fruit. The flavor is hoppy tangerine and the pine neddles. Very good IPA.
Nejhleader (1346) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
has a tiny citrus hop taste mixed with some grain. Taste is a nice blended citrus hop with some grain, i guess the rice. Pretty nice.
bigda83 (513) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma of orange, tropical fruits, pine, sweet malts. Flavor had a sweet apple juice taste to it. Also got pine, orange, and mango. Body was medium and texture was thin. Average carbonation and smooth to finish. Easy drinking, but nothing world class.
OlyIPA (28) - - JUN 12, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Familiar double IPA taste. Not sweet. Smokey to bitter hop profile. Mild ti medium bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ratman197 (11368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, grapefruit, earthiness and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, pine and light grapefruit with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
John25 (1138) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pretty smooth and rich yet, very drinkable. Strawberry aroma. Some orange and pine. Balanced. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light spice. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and earth lingers with pine.
jb (2539) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brian brought over a growler. Pretty standard stuff but good. Well balanced, well hidden alcohol, some light tropical notes, and standard big grapefruit. Thanks Brian!
Tonkun (1225) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pine, resin, citrus. Medium full body. Bitter sweet grainy finish. Not bad