zizzybalubba (1645) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours golden orange with a thin off-white head. Clean floral hop aroma, pineapple, and tangerines. The flavor is a combination of bitter grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine but at no time does this seem too bitter or too fruity. The flavors are clean crisp and well balanced. Essentially itís exactly what you would expect if you know anything about Firestone Walker: itís a hoppier, amped up version of Pale 31. And thatís a very good thing. This is a great IPA.
jgb9348 (5174) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden coloured body with a light amber glow and a deep, dense off-white head - nice! Aroma of strong pineapple and piney hops, malt, alcohol and a very nice and potent dry hop. Medium-bodied; Assertive piney and floral hop taste with a good malt backbone and then the sudden and potent hop flavour - very very nice. Aftertaste has quite a bit of hop kick, but is balanced quite nicely by the caramel sweetness and the good malt backbone. Overall, a very nice IPA, showing a ton of hops, a good balance, some pleasurable sweetness, but the strong hops remain number one. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 01-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 29-November-2010.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a bright, slightly darkened orange with a nice white head.
S: Lots of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus notes. Some malt sweetness far into the background.
T: Very similar to the smell. Lots of refreshing hop bitterness with a little bit of the sweet aroma working its way into the taste.
M: Medium-bodied with a little bit of chewiness.
D: Quite drinkable. A very nice IPA to quaff back all day.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-01-2009
Beerman6686 (5484) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a darker orange to amber color with an off white head. Aroma was lots of cascade and centennial hops, really fresh smelling. Flavor was very bitter citrusy hops with added pne notes as well. Malt hits the tongue on the swallow to balance it out a bit. Very impressive.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of JohnnyJ. Pours with a pale golden hue setting below a small white head that quickly fades to a light film. Nose is oranges, peaches, mango, and not a whole lot of malt nose and not grassy to speak of. Taste is extremely hop dominate with various fruits and grapfruity, orange and other citrus hops there is some caramel and bready malt character present. Very bitter and dry in the finish but a full bodied slick mouth feel. some sticky lace and brilliantly clear. A beer that is more than I expected, very nice!
armando629 (2451) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12. fl.oz bottle from a beer tasting, Nuremberg, Brau-Beviale.
Clear golden beer with a small creamy off white-tan head. Small bubbles, nice lacing stays...Caramel and honey in the nose with a fruity hop. Citrusses and grape, some overriped cheese. Smooth mouthfeel, sweet caramel and honey, raisins, vanilla, nice resiny-fruity hop.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright glowing amber gold in color. Dense thick head of small bubbles. Huge pine, wet grass, earth, hops nose. Great taste, hoppy, grass, citrus... Yumm!
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, pours amber with a white head. Big English hops up front, very bitter with a biscuit and tea in the malt.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice ppur, orange with a frothy orange head, nice. aroma is nice, dry and bitter, slight floral and biscuity malt notes underneath. the taste great, the palate is great. there is a strange progression of flavors in the mouth, very nice. starts with a bitter and dry blast, then goes to a very fruity, tropical hop candy in the middle, and finishes with a warming and viscous finish that presents a good bit of sweet malts that were completely hidden earlier in the palate. nice beer for sure, will keep this in mind since you can find it at gas stations around here.
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Hazy golden color, scant head. Aroma of orange peel and lemon. Good balance of bitterness and aroma, tipping the scale slightly toward bitterness. Nice combo.