KyotoLefty (6559) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Rogue Ales and Public House, Portland.
Big hoppy aroma, with lots of citrus and pine.. Very fruity, well-balanced flavor with a burning hop finish and good fruit throughout. A great beer; the surprise of the day.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold with a large white head. Smells og bitter citrus, pepper, perfumy, some dry malt. Tastes crisp and bitter with lots of pronounced citrus and spicy,
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Dark dirty straw, slightly hazy, moderate white frothy head, nice lacing.   Soft perfumy aroma, slight hop presense, pale malt aroma.   Slightly bittersweet perfumy start, moderate hop bitterness.   Has a biting resiny aspect, minor grainess.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Slightly astringent finish.   Okay IPA, but a little harsh overall.   Seems somewhat clean, but has a perfumy aspect that makes it seem hotter than normal.   Its like it tries to hard to be much bigger.
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of lemon peel, pepper, gum, light notes of juniper berry, green grape, and sulfur.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite a surprise. Bottle conditioning is probably the reason for the wealth of subtlety in this sample; it’s quite likely I wouldn’t like this nearly as much when extremely fresh. The hop character does involve the usual green, resinous hop stink, and I dislike the raw yeast character (Pacman is always kinda dull and doughy), but there’s an awful lot going on besides those notes that really rocks me. Beautiful big lasting head, nice hazy "live" appearance, very good flavor balance (only slightly abrasive...thankfully not too citric despite the origin), velvety mouthfeel, etc. Pretty much everything about it is spot on. I’m not a big fan of Rogue, but this one (at least in bottle conditioned form) is excellent. Seriously, the esters and phenols going on in this remind me of some Belgian golden ales. In a country awash in one-dimensional hop bombs, this is truly a ray of hope.
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the quah. Pours a clear dark amber with a thin tan head. Big fruity sweet nose, oranges and tangerines. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Toast, caramel, and oranges on the mid palate. Sweet finish.
douglas88 (6111) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2010 On tap at the Rogue place in San Francisco. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a medium white head. A great nose; rich fresh citrus hops juicy. The flavor was great; a aggressive citrus hop, loads of caramel balance it out. Really well done.
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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.
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, hazed orange pour, head is thin and fading, some nice lacing, nose is sweaty grapefruit, light sticky pine and grapefruit notes with some flowery lavender also, good typical ipa
swoopjones (5980) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2010, ok, wierd pumpkin like spice. cinnamon? sweet malts & medium bitterness, nothing special, will re try
TaktikMTL (5843) - Montréal, 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)