popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bistro 13th IPA Fest notes. Good West Coast-style IPA. I can see why this beer won at last yearís festival, but it didnít exactly blow me away. The taste has good bitterness and is relatively dry. Grapefruit and pine resin dominate the aroma. Bitter finish. Feel is a touch rough. This beer is well-made but sticks to very familiar territory.
madvike (2539) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at GTMW 2010 - Was looking forward to this one a lot before the fest, and it was a pretty big letdown. Clear yellow pour with a big white foamy head. Huge citrus and pine hops on the nose, with a nice honey maltiness. Taste is tons of pine and tree sap, with lots of sweet malt. Hops are way too dry for my taste, and left a nasty aftertaste in my mouth. Smooth, slick and medium-bodied, it feels good in the mouth, but I didnít want any more than the sample poured into my taster.
anders37 (15300) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy piny grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of pine needles. Has a fruity hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light-amber in color, very clear with decent lacing down the glass. Explosive citrus hops aroma. Light-medium bodied, well-carbonated - a little acidic- with a long lasting finish. The flavor is dominated by assertive and bitter citrus hops with a spicey hop finish. A punch to the tastebuds this one is!
baraciisch (1505) - USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simcoe and Columbus hops really on display here... Aroma very piney and grassy, Cascade definitely overshadowed by the flavor from the Simcoe and Columbus hops, very herbal flavor with a nice dry finish, reminiscent of the West Coast varieties... Well done!
alobar (2593) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Pittsburgh. Pours an orange caramel color with a soapy white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit-noticeable and inoffensive. Flavor of grapefruit, pine, and some hop bitterness. Very well-balanced. I was a bit surprised at how good this was!
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a clear orange color with a medium thin and foamy white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and herbal hops. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, caramel malt and a bit of pepper. The finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Solid IPA all around, itís easy to see how this won an award.
JohnnyJ (4045) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pittís brewpub location. Pours a golden yellow, with foamy white head. Grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, light caramel, and balanced grainy malt. Good IPA, but doesnít quite match up to the west coast offerings... I am spoiled.
vtafro (2331) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks Rciesla for sharing, via MikeTD. Golden orange pour with some white head. Citrusy, pine and grapefruit hop aroma. Pine forward flavor with some citrus notes. Nice.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 draft - Pours hazy copper and has a very nice pine and citrus hops aroma. The flavor is bitter with pleasant pine and underlying citrus notes. The malt supports it well and itís overall a great IPA.
Rerate 8/27/2013, tap - Not as impressed the 2nd time. Still good, but not great. 7/3/7/4/13. Averaged with first rating of 9/3/8/4/16.