drjay44 (2354) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. pours a thick, white, lasting head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly cloudy golden (SRM 7-9) body....nose is pine, resin, grapefruit, bit of malt, bit of floral (honey)....taste is initially sweet malts, and then the hops with loads of pine and grapefruit arrive, finishing with lingering hop bitterness....mouth feel is medium as is carbonation. This is a fairly typical "Western" IPA, with the usual heavy hop hand. That means I liked it!!
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and golden with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Very good retention. The aroma consists mainly of grapefruit, pine and resiny hops with a nice kiss of honey. Medium to full-bodied and very creamy with lively carbonation. Well-balanced IPA. Honey sweetness blended with plenty of piney, grapefruity hop bitterness to go around. Lengthy, bitter finish. Kudos to brokephibroke for the bottle!
Theis (12168) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Nya Trols, Malmø - shared with Mette. Cloudy amber - white head. Knækbrød (swedish flatbread), toasted, hoppy, grass, light bitterness, sweetness, soapy, light yeasty. OK.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey pine resin with pepper on the nose. Golden color, soft haze, spongy foamy head. Big sweet honey, very slight clove quality, transitions nicely into a good biting bitterness, well balanced. Big carbonation, full mouth feel, big hoppy finish. Just an all around solid IPA with good structure. A journeyman beer that knows exactly what it is, and has all the confidence in the world that it is great.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 This poured from the 22 oz bottle a hazy gold with fat off-white head and good thick lacing rings. Nose of citrus hops with a little pine as well gives this a great aroma. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balance of malts and hops and the finish is long and bitter. Very nice beer.
jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice crisp hazy golden coloured body with a frothy slightly off-white head that tops the beer nicely! Good looking beer! Aroma of fresh citrus hops with a slight piney aroma and a good malty backbone with some honey tucked in. Medium-bodied; Very assertive hops noticeable with a pungent bitter taste and a good malty finish - nice potent flavours. Aftertaste shows a lot of hops a bit of alcohol and some metallic twangs near the end. Overall, a pretty strong IPA - definitely hoppy and balanced pretty well. Good for real hop-heads and much better than anything Rogue has done on their own. I enjoyed this beer and wish Eugene stayed by themselves! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC on 07-March-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 09-May-2009.
TaktikMTL (5402) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de pin et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de pin. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume d’houblon en arrière goût. (Rating #2332)
glennmastrange (2045) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate roasted note for the malt, moderate to heavy orange/lemon and slight pine for the hops, light soap for the yeast, and cherry and pepper in the background. Head is average size, frothy, white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is murky amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily, has a lively carbonation and finishes lightly astringent and dry. Bold aromas and flavors, but maybe a little harsh. Still a damn good IPA.
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle picked up at my local grocery and transported down to San Fran to share with friends. Dark golden pour with a big white head that evaporates at a moderate pace. Aroma is all hops, mostly pine with a bit of floral elements as well. Flavor mostly the same, very little malt element but nice piney hop bite. Also in response to the reviewer before me, you clearly have no idea about Eugene at all, the Tracktown branch of Rogue that is located here names its beers after Track and Field events because Eugene IS Tracktown, USA. Home of Prefontaine, Nike, Salazar and a hundred more. And most recent host of the Olympic Track and Field trials.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A tasty IPA with discreet malts but flavourful and refreshing bitter hops. Very good.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh soon after purchase (I think). Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Neutral bready malt backbone body provides a not-so-flavourful white bread foundation leaving all the flavour spectrum available to the hops. This one is all about the hops. Intense pine-cone needles and grapefruits flavours provide a tasty and refreshing bitterness. What a weird idea to name a product for beer enthusiasts after a physically demanding sport. This is like naming an open-line sports radio show the Quantum Mechanic Hour.