humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber-orange into a tulip, lacy off-white head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, pine,floral character, light candied apricot and honey undertones. Flavor is sweet oranges and grapefruit, honey-caramel malt with light spicy hops in the finish. Smooth, medium body with a little bite. Fantastic IPA with a winning blend of hops.
BeerGeyser (37) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at the Firestone Walker tasting room in Paso Robles. It poured a nice amber with a foamy head. The hop content was very evident in the aroma as I raised the taster glass to take a sip. I was expecting an overwhelming hop bite but it was pleasantly smooth. A very nicely balanced IPA with a hidden kick at 7.5%.
944play (359) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Downtown Joe’s, Napas. POW! Silly huge Cascade nose from a glass of clear gold with fine white diminishing head. FW house flavor is there; it’s similar to Lagunitas’. Bitterness is not profound, just there to shore up the peachy, orangey hop flavors and delicate sweetness. This is a very sneaky strong beer with medium body and no heat.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottling date is 4/22/10 so we are definitely towards the end of this one’s shelf life. A nice inch and a half of head forms and leaves impressive lacing as it dissipates. Nice, bright, golden yellow-orange color. The nose has tangy pineapple and citrus hop qualities and a healthy dose of malty sweetness to it. A bit sweeter than I prefer but still well balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied and medium-heavy. This is definitely a big beer. Pine and pineapple flavors tickle the tongue before a tidal wave of bitter hops rushes across the palate. Surprisingly lively hops for a relatively old bottle. Not very much carbonation but the hops are still crisp enough to overpower the majority of the malt with their resiny bitterness. Very drinkable for a beer that should probably be in the imperial/double class.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Capital Ale House. Pours a dark copper color. aroma of orange and grapefruit zest, pine, and floral hops. taste: Big, fresh, hop taste that smacks ya in the mouth. explosion in mouth, citrusy, little caramel sweetness, dry finish.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden Orange with a medium sized white head. Aromas of floral hops and a hint of citrus fruit. Pleasant carbonation and a crisp finish. Nice beer.
mansquito (3578) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
American Beer Distro ($11): Looks pretty standard, with a not very formidable white head that leaves a nice layer of lacing. Slightly hazy light copper body. When you pop the cap off this beer, the aroma is noticeable about 3 or 4 feet away. That is where you get the floral and citrusy hops flowing all through the air and later all up into your mouth. There is a gently boozy note in the aroma, along with a pleasant amount of dirt. Upon putting it in my mouth, you get tingly hops, that are bitter, but not excessively. A mellow, mildly sweet aspect in the finish. Moderate aftertaste of all the hops A smoky note is detectable somewhere around the middle of the beer. Citrus is there, but they seem to be in dialectical conflict with the hops. Overall a quite excellent IPA, although falls short of the best ones I have had by a slim margin.
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, $2.25 from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a light amber with a small head. Aroma of SWEET grapefruit, orange, and pine. YUM. Flavor is bitter grapefruit rind, pine. YUM YUM YUM.
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/10/10. Bomber courtesy mkade in a killer Summer Secret Santa box! Pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy off-white head that laces quite a bit and stays around as a thick film. The aroma is huge fresh hop with pine, citrus, and a touch of cat pee. The flavor is a great balance between the fresh hop flavors from above and a nice malt backing. A very delicious and balanced brew.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark golden copper with thick head. Citrus aroma dominates. Taste is a perfect balance of citrus and pine hops, crystal malts, and a bitterness that never gets too strong but lingers nicely. When fresh, this is as good as any IPA out there. Full of hop flavor, balanced, and ultimately drinkable.