cgarvieuk (12892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from my GBBF 09 haul ... amber ... big bubbly white head ... that american pale ale hop little spice nose ... i wish i knew what it was that gives this distincive nose ... very fruity lime and pine hop ... juicy ... little dry ... little hop bitterness.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich yet clear golden colored pour with a decent sized off white head and rings of drippy lacy foam.
it smells of honey, flowers, orange, spice, earth, wood, rosemary/sweet pine/juniper and maybe some peach.
the flavor is very floral... peach iced tea, orange, light caramel, malt sweetness, rosemary and a dry bitter finish which lingers. it’s good, dry and spicy but it lacks a real kick. it is more well balanced than i like but it is well crafted.
soft creamy carbonation combines with a medium body. the mouth feel is creamy as well behind the wall of bitterness. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8
daknole (8348) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour. Tons of hops...spicy, floral, citrus. Flavor is really full of citrus/resin hops. Light caramel notes bring a sweet malt tinge around just to be crushed by more hops! Nice brew.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
crystal clear orange gold, thin white head, sweet citrus juniper cascade hop nose, perfume hop flavors, quite sweet a lot of residuals, piney pineapple hop flavors, tropical fruit hops, mangoes, pine trees, finishes dry but the flavors can be a bit cloying because of the residual sugars / crystal malt in here
MarinaMarket (207) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy and wicked strong. Superb head with great aroma. Lots of legs on this one. Definitely citrus and bitter hop flavor. 22 oz. @ 51F.
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 oz pour at the Oregon Brewers Festival in July ’09. Very hoppy and almost spicy. One of the best IPAs at the festival. Great balance!
SaintMatty (4526) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (GBBF 2009) - Amber with a foamy head. Hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit and peach. Hoppy and bitter taste with grapefruit and tea.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bevmo in Thousand Oaks, CA. Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine and hops. Flavor is hop bitterness with pine, grapefruit with some light caramel. Finishes with grapefruit hoppyness. Solid mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Really solid hop forward IPA. Little bit heavier malt bill and this could be great.
Reid (1786) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle.
Pretty pedestrian looking IPA. LIght orange/golden with a huge frothy off white head.
Nice aromas of citrus,spruce and over ripe apricot.
Nice fresh fruity IPA this one, very sweet, lemon rind, oranges, apricots and lychee. Mouth watering really.palate was on the thin side which added to drinkability in this muggy weather here in Salem.
Overall a good drinkable IPA in the "old style" mould of Bridgeport IPA.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, huge thanks to bitbucket, he’s the man! Pours medium amber, with a thick fluffy head with great lacing. Nose is fantastic, perfumed, spicy, citrus sprucey hops, delicate balance. Not as overtly hoppy as some IIPAs, but wonderfully balanced and complex. Flavors of grapefruit, flesh and rind, spruce tips, fresh pine character as opposed to resiny. Mild perfume and spice, especially in the finish, palate is malty and high quality, but serves as a foundation for the hops rather than trying to steal the show. Exactly how I like my IPAs.