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.
Cybercat (3649) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear light amber with a fairly thick and frothy eggshell head. Aroma is mainly hoppy with hay and woody notes, and a fruity undertone that is mainly citrus. Hoppy flavor is somewhat bitter, with weak fruity notes and a hint of - is that wild rice? Not impressive, but refreshing. Texture is thin but fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy finish. An interesting ex-beer-iment.
tillmac62 (313) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BBD 3/6/15. Pours a clear golden with an excellent head volume and retention. Lacing is World Class.
Excellent nose of citrus hops over a light biscuit sweetness. Grapefruit and tropicals (tangerine, mango) over a subtle spruce element yield a World Class aroma similar to Sculpin, but not as intense.
Light medium body with a smooth texture that also has a nice oily aspect. Normal carbonation with effervescence in the finish.
Like the nose, the flavor profile is similar to Sculpin, but is not quite as intense. It is complex and expertly balanced. It begins with a blend of hop flavors that separate into a slightly bitter grapefruit that flows into the sweeter tropicals, with a mild balancing biscuit sweetness. The middle is slightly bitter and has an orange rind note. The finish is a slow fade of mild bitterness inducing a subtle puckering effect that is slightly dry. The 8.2% alcohol is totally hidden and represents a brewing masterpiece.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of mikeq215. Thanks. Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a medium white head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild and indistinct with straw and pine. The taste is a bit better with mangos, melons, pine and a somewhat spicy biscuit malt base. The plate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finished dry. Overall: Tasty stuff.
badwhale (384) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours a clear crisp yellow with a sparse head that dissipates quickly. Great dank, litterbox smell on the nose. Great diverse hop flavors, awesome palate, and great mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
Mora (15) - West Milford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
About an inch head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice bitter hoppy taste in your mouth. Nice amount of bitterness and more hoppy taste. Great beer.
skmikeg (1080) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 Pours orange with a nice white head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma Is very fruity with tangerine, mango, and melon, with some pine, and dankness in the background. Taste is about the same as the aroma with the addition of some sweet malts. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfel and pretty dry, semi bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA that is very fruity and dry.
reggiedunlop (3336) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear yellow/gold with a medium white head. Aroma is very melony and has light citrus and grass. Flavor follows suit...not all that bitter but very fruity and floral with melon taking center stage...earthy almost perfumey bitterness creeps in. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and fruity/grassy/bitter.
bkurtz (899) - PERU - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours a cloudy golden with a smallish head. Aromas of orange and pine. Nice balance of hops and malts with citrus notes and nice, slightly bitter finish. Hides the 8.2%.
60minuteman (942) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from Rams Head. Light copper color tons of white lace on the glass. Wheat, hop, rice, malt and barley smell. Pretty nice flavor of hops, rice, bread. Not that earth, more notes of things grown in the ground. Pale and lightly bitter. Inoffensive but quite good.
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at my hotel in Jersey. I asked the waiter what they had on draft. He ran through a very uninspiring list, and at the end said "and IPA." I ordered it, and asked him to tell me which one it was when he came back. To no surprise, he never told me which one it was, and just stared at me blankly when I asked what it was he had brought me. Sigh… In any case, poured a light gold, clear, slight head. Aroma was an exciting shot of tropical and citrus malts, tangerines baby. Flavor matched, with just enough light crackery malt to hold it together. Really good stuff. I had a second one, wandered up to the bar, and figured out by staring at the tap handle intently just what i had ordered. Now that I am rating it and see the ABV, I can see why I was feeling a bit like a lightweight that evening. Not exactly an IPA. But an enjoyable highlight in the beer wasteland I was in, not that far off the exit it is named after. The rice really does lighten it up and let the hops really shine through.