GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 355mL mega fresh bottle thanks to Dan! Pours a clear, filtered, no bottle refermentation (good) amber/orange. Larger, large bubbled, semi rocky meringue foam. Excellent retention. Widely spaced, webby lacing. Nose is soft butterscotch, lemon detergent (volatile), thick orange gummies. Taste is super rich butterscotch, restrained orange and grapefruit peel, mild pine sap, maple, sweet orange syrup. Palate is very bitter, nutty, some walnut/Brazil nut, mild spruce tips. Very rich, quenching, fairly aggressive. 10/2/2012 7/4/8/5/15=3.9
355mL second mega fresh bottle from Dan. Letís try this again. Pours with a better, rockier, sheen, buttermilk head. Big retention and better, complete lacing. Nose has no off flavors, more peaches and cream, pineapple, vanilla. Taste is very West Coast in profile reminding me of Sculpin and Alesmith IPA up front, but finishing much more aggressively bitter with mega spruce tip and pine sap. Delicious. Palate is a bit too sharply bitter moving to slight sawdust. The aroma is quite inviting. Very nice stuff. Easy to love. Glad I got some extra bottles. 10/3/2012 8/4/8/3/16=3.9
MarkSachon (643) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from my neighbor Bob - thanks! Probably the best IPA Iíve had in a long time and certainly worthy of the praise afforded from other sources. The creamy finish goes down well and nicely balances the citrus aftertaste. No hop bite here.
AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed in a snifter. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a 4 finger pillowy white head. Dominant nose of Simcoe and Cascade. Very piney on the nose. Taste is pretty chewy. This is a DIPA not an IPA. It has a solid malt back bone, lots of piney cone and pine resin taste. Pretty sweet and still quite drinkable.
beernbourbon (1337) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Bottle thnks to beerman6686, Thanks Dan! Pour is clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is citrus hop burst with a hint of pine hop and caramel malt. The aroma is big and clean with with grapefruit and pineapple notes dominating. Flavor is clean and slightly spicy up front. Some black pepper noted first. Next, clean citrus hop notes with hints of pine hops come though. The malt is subtle but more prevalent in the finish. Not much sweetness at all. More of a dry biscuit malt. Overall, the palate and the flavor profile is more subtle than the aroma led me to believe. Easy to drink.
bUAkronG (15) - Akron, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a growler.
Appearance: golden yellow-orange color with a finger offsite off-white, thick head. The color is beautiful. Quite a bit of retainment for an IPA.
Smell: strong pine and citrus smell, maybe a little too strong actually.
Taste: unrealistically good taste. Great hops flavor, mild alcoholic kick.
Mouthfeel: a little carbonated, probably because of the serving type. A bit dry, but it goes down smooth.
Overall: without a doubt the best single IPA Iíve ever had. Incredible taste. I will be disappointed when the growler is empty.
superspak (2907) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pine, pineapple, floral, mango, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and hop complexity. Taste of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, caramel, grass, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, floral, caramel, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop flavors; with just enough malt balance to not make the bitterness overpowering. Almost no cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbontion and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an amazing IPA as expected. Awesome hop complexity and balance; very crisp and smooth to sip on. Outstanding.
Jayhawk73 (12) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark golden color with a thin off white head. Aroma is fairly mild with slight hops present. Taste ratchets up the hops quite a bit. Pineapple, pine, and grapefruit all present. Feel is fairly bitter, with a balance of fruit in the aftertaste. Overall, a good example of a west coast IPA...
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malrubius (1898) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Tremont Tap House. Copper with head and lace. Grapefruit citrus pine aroma. Mild peach apricot fruity sweetness mild biscuit very dry clean grapefruity citrus assertive finish. Excellent.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Rating #171. Decent beer overall, great aroma, pineapple and a nice tropical mix as well. Flavor was decent, pretty bitter, not as much of that pineapple I liked so much with the aroma, but it may of had a little age on it, flavor just seemed to miss a little something to me. (2473)
bcb07 (19) - - AUG 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good beer. Very hoppy up front. A fantastic IPA that everyone should try!
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