BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at O’Brien’s.
Appearance is a clear bright orange hue, thin layer of white foam sustains, minimal lacing.
Smell is pretty big hops [pine & grapefruit mostly], swaths of bubblegum candy sweetness and floral essences, some light fruits and spices as well as lighter pale malts.
Taste is dominated by sweet grapefruit and candied hops which give way to bitter pine resin, other light and citrus fruits pop up with biscuit and bread malts, finishes dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue and mouth, moderate level of carbonation.
Drinkability is high, hampered somewhat by the significant alcohol presence, another well-balanced and delicious California IPA that borders on the DIPA category, definitely check this one out if you can.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to cloudskipper for this one. Pale golden beer with a thin white head. Gorgeous fruity citrus hop aroma. Fresh orange peel, piny spiciness and sweet grapefruit. A light honey/pale malt sweetness adds a nice back note to this, but it is still very much a hop-dominated brew. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of orange/grapefruity citrus. Tropical finish. Sticky lacing coats the inside of the glass in a thick layer of Belgian lace. Light resinous bitterness on the back. Another tasty IPA.
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 On tap in Cambria, CA. when this is fresh and on tap it is a whole new animal compared to what they sell in the bottles. hop flavor is so pronounced and complex, the nuances of it work with the firm malt backing so well i was literally taken aback by it. so much density and flavor, it was almost alive. i may seem a little dramatic but this was truly a feast for this raterís senses. hop extracts? i donít care if this is made from used depends diapers. iíve always been a fan of firestone walker beers but this would be enough to get me to join a cult.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from tytoanderso: pours a cloudy dark orange with a medium white head. aroma is a good grapefruit hops but with plenty of malt to back it slight fresh apricot very nice. flavour: is very hopped with plenty of grapefruit soem bitterness from the hops also, these are very prodominant but a decent sweet malt comes through to give ti a more balalnced flavour. finishe s with some more bitterness that is very welcomjed.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Real nice dark gold pour, real retentive head as well. Nice grapefruit nose. Very crisp flavor to it, nice hop finish.
yespr (28716) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Pours clear and golden yellow to orange with a lacing white head. Aroma is grapefruit hops. Mild bitter initial flavour with a solid grapefruity flavour following into the finish. Light sweetness from the caramel malt too. Nice dry and bitter finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from awaisanen. Pours a light coppery gold with a nice lasting tight head. Aroma is lots of citrusy grapefruit, raw and piney - nice. Clean dry light malt backbone flavor with ltos of citrus, orange and grapefruit hops, and a lightly earthy tacky bittering finish. Solid IPA all around.
alexsdad06 (3860) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Pours a clear lighter amber color with a small white head that diminishes to a thin layer. The aroma is very fresh citrusy hops, some floral notes, and some moderately sweet toasty malt. The flavor is a nice balance between the moderately sweet caramel malt and the citrus/pine hoppy bitterness. The finish is skewed toward the bitter side with a lingering citrus finish. Medium bodied and easy to drink on a hot summer day. This is a solid IPA.
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2009 Tasted during outage: Another great American IPA with just the right balance of aroma and flavor so as to not conk you over the head with hops, but theyíre there to let you know the beer is a serious IPA. Very drinkable, despite the alchohol.
RERATED on 08/15/09... This stuff was super fresh, absolutely killer... the only other IPA that is better is the Yulesmith. Absolutely wonderful pine, grapefruit aromas, crisp, bright, and sublime... color of burnt orange amber, clear... alcohol is hidden very well. It has been over a year since I last tasted this one... and Iím loving it. Itís rare when a beer impresses me even more the 2nd time.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Toronado. A medium golden color with a brown tint and a white head. Strong hop aroma and flavor with a nice citrus finish. Light and airy in the body.