smith4498 (3432) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from trades with Gription79 and 5000. Pours clear burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of graapefruit and caramel. Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind and sweet caramel malt. Medium body with average carbonation. A decent IPA. Thanks to Dallas and Andre.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Recently available locally. I have gone through a few six packs already, I am quite smitten with the beer. The aroma is bursting with citrus, pine and honey. It smells great. There is a lot of hops flavor, but there is also a malt backing, but not a sweet crystal malt backing like some beers, but one that comes from flavorful base malts, including munich malt. In the end, this beer is a about the hops and the hops flavor is very potent, but not overpowering. There is a fair amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish, but it doesn’t seem to be overly bitter. It is dangerously drinkable for a 7.5% beer, probably one of my favorite IPA’s already.
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall bitterness is strong. No prevailing citrus nose but certainly an undercurrent, mostly grapefruit. Pine also apparent. This figures to be a top IPA. A bit expensive at $12.99 a sixer, given that that there are alternatives that may be as strong for a few bucks less, still, though, a very welcome addition to the IPA oeuvre.
zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours an hazy light orange with a medium head,aroma of honey, molasses, orange and marmalade, flavor is bitter and refreshing, with some malt and tangerine, finishes bitter sweet, medium to full bodied.
BVery (9162) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Clear light orange pour with a white head. Aroma of lemon and citrus. Medium palate. Taste was killer - citrus hops, delicious. Great brew.
williamherbert (1449) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfumey hop aroma, licorice. Some spicy citrus and rounded tangerine. Flowery esters. A sweetish aroma.
Shiny orange color, slushy head. Bright and inviting. Head retention is nice.
The flavor is heavy, oily pine hop flavor. Comes off quite bitterly at first, but with a sweet respite. Very resinous at first, then has the finish of orange peel and tea leaves.
The palate is fizzy, prickly, with a sticky finish. Chewy and slick at the end. It’s just sub-Imperial in its strength. A top-notch west coast IPA.
rader58 (864) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear honey/amber. Aroma of grapefruit, spruce, caramel, floral. Flavor is citrus, pine, spruce, with hints of lavender, caramel and brown sugar. This is fantastic. It moves to the top of my IPA list.
andyhwcinc (1762) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed before going on a swim with a friend in the dead of winter. Appearance a very clear light amber/gold with a rich white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of hops, a mix between citrus and pine, also a touch of spice, has a light aroma but it’s nice. Taste is really freaking good, very smooth for an IPA, not too bitter but retains the hoppy flavor. Very well done.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another mean west coast IPA. Glowing dark amber color with decent head and lacing. Clearly aggressively hopped, although with dried hops nonetheless, the beer smells pine tree with grapefruit for cones. It even tastes a little like grapefruit. Aside from that, ’well balanced’ must mean unrelentingly bitter. The malt could as well be anything, because it doesn’t come through much. Rips the palate, although the aftertaste is relatively mellow. Very solid, but best chased with something other than itself.
jb (2750) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice simple yet well done IPA on draft at McGregors. Clear, dark gold, fine lacing pattern. Nose is hefty grapefruit, palate is quite heavy with it too. Palate isn’t overwhelmed with hops, their presence is well done. This one was getting many raves at McG’s.