That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another big thanks to cloudskipper for this brew. Huge, wonderful hop nose with just about everything you’d want in a IPA. Flavor is pretty sexy, but not quite as good. A very solid IPA.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell is caramel, hops, pine, citrus, and pine neddles. The look is clear, good beige head, and a golden in color. The taste is a nice bitterness, caramel, pine, and citrus.
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, pine, and spicy hops. Taste is pine and grapefruit. Nice bitterness in the finish.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clearly I am the easily suggestible type because I assumed (based on the name I guess) that this was made with British hops. I scribbled down some notes which said "big UK hop aroma, but obviously done in the US style" - whatever that means now that I know it’s made with nearly every classic American hop. Clearly I have no idea what I’m on about. Anyway, the hop aroma was definitely big and resiny regardless of origin. Lovely clean pale malt flavours, with an almost vanilla-like edge, minimal yeast influence and a lovely oily hop flavour throughout with great bitterness, hinting at lavender. A fairly stark reminder of just how far ahead of the game the Yanks are when it comes to good IPAs. These guys are really good - a seriously underrated brewery in my mind.
SSSteve (3634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange under a small white head. hoppy grapefruit, peach, lemon aroma. nice full body. flavor has lots of malts balanced with peachy, piney hops.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Bottle. Pours clear orange amber with a decent white head. Grapefruit and pine in the nose and taste. Medium-bodied with a nice hop finish.
Re-rate: Cask at Elysian’s SBW Firkin-Firkin throwdown (vs. Big Time Scarlett Fire). Pours clear amber with a small white head. Floral/pine /funky citrus nose. Taste is pine hops and pineapple sweetness. Nice bitter pine finish. I liked this a little better than the Big Time.
StefanSD (1991) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Freddy. Bottled on date 02-12-09. Pours a translucent orange-brass color with a fair sized white head that has good retention. The aroma is medium in strength with pine, caramel, earthy hops and a bit o peat. The taste showcases the pine nicely, rounding out the sides is citrus, caramel, rock candy and toffee. The finish is long and biter with lingering cascade hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily. Overall: A very tasty and well concocted IPA.
ChainGangGuy (4273) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a thin, white, bubbly head.
Smell: Pungent earthy, herbal pine needles and soggy grapefruit rinds blanket the lesser aroma of pale malt.
Taste: Pale malts along with a rather subdued caramel sweetness. Profuse hop flavors of citrus fruits and herbaceous pine thoughtfully deliver a nice pinch of medium-high bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry with a long, lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a tad bit oily in the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly easy (and quickly) for being a 7.5% ABV. A solid, competent India Pale Ale.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured orange with a white head. Strong hop aroma. Well carbonated with flavors of a bread-like backbone and bitter hops. Finished with grapefruit and floral hops.
unclemattie (4000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Clear, golden color.Lots of citrus, lots of pine. Nice hops. Flavor is a nice toasted malt, sharp hop. Good C hops. The best Firestone....