NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at CDA at Fizz. Pours a deep golden amber. Strictly west coast nose of catty citrus and resin. Quite a robust nose, not my favorite profile though. Some toasty malts peek out of the background as well. On taste, more of the catty notes, lots of citrus and some crispness to the hops as well. Quite unsupported in a lot of ways to me. Robust hop profile but seems like a certain malt quality to really make this one shine. Alright.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at Craft Day Afternoon (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed amber hue, some glowing sunny lemons on the side with a moderate bright white head that dies to a film and laces ok. Aromas are a rich melange of citrusy lemons, florals, and grass mix with touches of gumball, oranges. Some grapefruit moving into bready and biscuity malts, touches of toast and bread dough. A lively hop forward nose preaching fruity hops. Initial is a strong bitter green hop presence up front, weeds and grass moving into bigger lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Dry grass, earthy, moving into a strong piney bitterness, florals. Touches of biscuity malts poke in and out, but it remains a raging fresh green hop appeal. Finish is dry and bitter preaching citrusy and dank green weedy hops, dandelions. Dry pine, with just a touch of gumball and biscuits. Good god this is fresh.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the brewery. Hazy brass color with a clingy white head that lasts. Bouquet of fresh hops...very Earthy. Taste is a fresh hop elixir. There is malt there but you donít notice it much. Very fragrant and flavorful. Yum.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Strong hop aroma features grapefruit, heavy orange and other citrus notes. These tropical fruits are a bit more restrained in the flavor, with pineapple and floral notes becoming more evident. Caramel malts keep the bitterness in check. Noticable alcohol warming in the finish. Decent mouthfeel/palate. A pretty nice IPA.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden amber with a fine bubbled eggshell head. Nice full nose of tropical fruit and caramel. Same in the flavor. Dry clean finish and a bit creamy on the palate.
sailracer (361) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours a murky amber with little head. Has an initial grapefruit and passion fruit taste that mellows and lingers. A nice hop aftertaste but not overly bitter. Overall, I really liked this beer.
joeneugs (2577) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Bistro IPA fest. Nice citrus, mango, grapefruit aroma. The flavor is balanced with caramel/toffee maltiness and a big earthy finish. Very satisfying.
6ROW (391) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper to amber pour with a small off white head. standard american IPA full of C hops
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really a top notch IPA and one of my favorites from this weekend. A huge, dense, citrusy/grapefuity aroma with a balanced sweet apple-like sweetness. Bitter hops flavor really shines thru on the flavor with a length and intensity that seemed quite fresh. Sweet malts helps keep things in check and doesnít really add much other than balance but the hops do really shine thru.
beersearcher (2168) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an uber-hoppy IPA. It does not mess around. Alot of hop aroma and bitterness. A sipping IPA but still balanced