onceblind (4577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared a bottle with my mate who picked one up at the brewery. Pours exactly how it looks on the label: orangey amber. Aroma if full of piney and citrusy hops, orange zest, with a certain earthy muskiness. Flavor is fairly hoppy, nothing too over-the-top, with definite grapefruit tones to join the orange and pine. There is something else in there too that I can only describe as Red Ale, a certain earthy, soil-like resin. Its a confounding surprise, and a taste profile I had never come accross in an IPA. Malt swings by at the end of the taste with a touch of caramel and bread, rounding out this distinguishable, chewy, creamy, wildly different IPA. If its available in your area, please do get one for yourself. Itís a treat and, probably, my favourite IPA.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - Iíve been avoiding this one for a while, as the name led me to believe that this was more of a british style IPA, which sometimes are great but oftentimes seem to fall flat (at least the versions that we get in the US). This, however, seems to be an american style IPA. Pours a crystal clear medium yellow color with a medium sized white head. Aroma if full of very nicely balanced piney and slightly citrusy hops, orange peel zest, with a touch of oak staves and vanilla, along with a background of subtle toasted malts. Flavor is fairly hoppy, with definite grapefruity resins, nicely balancing toasted malts and subtle caramel. Finish is mildly bitter. This is very nice, and quite a surprise. This is just a well balanced, well made IPA, with obvious attention to detail. It is great when you find a beer that is unexpectedly great. Iíll be picking up a lot more of this.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: snifter. orange-red copper in color with an off-white head. mild retention level. decent lacing.
S: big hoppy nose with some citrus and pine, very earthy. apples from the malts, some crystal malts in there.
T: nice well-balanced hop flavors all over this with a huge malt backbone. hops are more earthy with a slight fruitiness, while the malts are sweet yet subtle and accompany the malts very well.
M: medium-bodied. nice bite but mellows out really well. good carbonation level, that can be viewed as a little higher than normal.
D: I enjoyed this very much. Great IPA and very drinkable.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light gold with a big, creamy white head. The head does not want to go and laces the glass nicely all of the way down.. Clear, with a nice carbonation. Medium body. On the nose, there is plenty of citrus-y, grapefruit. Floral. with some residual pine-y, resin-y hop characteristics. The grapefruit and pine come through on the tongue along with a nice somewhat balancing malt backbone. Getting some caramel in there. Not too bitter in the aftertaste. This is a nice, well rounded beer.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, bottle. Grapefruit, a little earthy, some malt aroma. Flavor is the same but pretty big and powerful.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber color with a small, lacing, off-white head. Floral aroma with honey, grapefruit and hops. Medium dense body with high carbonation. Floral, sweet aftertaste. Well done.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5084) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Shipped to me by my wife on a trip to Portland. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a huge foamy and creamy yellow white head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was sweet grapefruit, pineapple and raising with a hint of fruit cocktail. The flavor was tart and very tangy with moderate bitterness and solid elements of grapefruit and pine. The finish was long, tangy and at ouch off. Moderately full bodied. Nice.
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great IPA, drank it out of a wine goblet on my Auntís patio. This one was overshadowed by a bunch of other beers. Happy to cross this great off my list.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at some pub in Portland OR. Pours amber-orange with white head. Great nose on this one. Pine needles and resin, grapefruit, and decent bitter finish. Scrumptious. Iíll have another. Alcohol is well-hidden.
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
West USA trip 2010. On tap @ PIB. The aroma has citrus and mandarins. Clear, copper-amber coloured beer with a thin, white head. The taste is sweetisch, bitter, has caramel, mandarins, some pine, spice and citrus. Bit sticky mouthfeel.