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.
altonbrownd (4817) - 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 (153) - 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
thetmaxx (870) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from tavour. Very light color and very clear. Aroma is mostly of floral hops, maybe some citrus notes. Flavor is quite bitter without the balance of malta. I think that’s what they are going for, I’m just not sure it works. It’s different and drinkable, so why not. The palate is fairly dry finish.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too "piney". Decent malt proportion. I'd try this again. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
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Berard (524) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours light orange with a very slight haze. Medium carbonation. Nice citrusy nose and thick white head. Good balance but nothing remarkable.
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dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was an all around good IPA but there wasn’t anything real memorable about it for me. A worthy beer
monk191 (1547) - 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 (520) - 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 (1407) - 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 (645) - 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.