Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught as guest beer at Dark Lord Days 2008. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of light caramel malt, some lemon and grapefruit zest, a touch of yeast and some bushel basket wood. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of lemon and grapefruit zest, light caramel malt a touch of pine and some white pepper. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers around after the finish. The extra alcohol is well hidden in this IPA.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Clean coppery golden hue with a fading but lasting frothy head which left very good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of aromatic, citric, resiny, spicy and leafy hops along with some biscuity pale malts and a hint of chalky yeast esters. The taste is pretty much straight forward hop bitterness and acidity with just a hint of malt in the background. The finish is hop spicy and a bit astringent. There is also a note of the 8% alcohol found within. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting, lively and metallic. A good IPA that delivers on the promise of hop bitterness.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear gold-amber with a white head that dissipates, then clings. Aroma is fruity and earthy, some sweet caramel notes. Malt character is appropriate light caramel, fruity esters and earthy hop tones take over, not too bitter and the alcohol is not noticeable. Medium-light mouth feel, finish pleasantly clean with earthy notes hanging. This is obviously an english IPA and it hits the style very well, but alas I am tainted by the west coast hops. I could drink this when encountered and it surely would out shine most brews available in local haunts, but I am not inclined to purchase a sixer - and I was actually hoping that I would like it enough for that purpose.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 08. Pours a dark golden color with a off white head. This is how I want all my IPA’s to smell and taste. There are very intense smells of pine and citrus. Medium mouthfeel leads to a hoppy citrusy piney like brew that leaves me wanting more.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at DLD. Very big nose of fruity hops. A little simcoe characte, but overall a nice rendition of an IPA. Clear and copper/gold. Nice.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very drinkable ipa that I will actually buy...
but the nose is way better than the taste
the hop flavor is a bit harsh and what not
but......it is a solid IPA and much much better than most
Lothore (276) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours a very clear, orange hue with a thin, fizzy head.
S- Smell is very piney, mixed citrus fruits, sweet, a bit floral.
T- Taste starts off bready, moves to lots of pine flavor and end with some bitter hops. This tastes very similar to pliny the elder to me.
M- Medium viscosity, a good amount of carbonation.
D- Highly drinkable, I will definitely buy a 6 pack of this in the future.
chadje (170) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 bottle. Pours a nice golden color with a nice head. Scents of citrus and hops. Tastes very similar to other west coast IPA’s. A good IPA.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Draft at My Friends House (Really). Pours a rich golden color with unbelievable clarity. This beers aroma is not too overpowering to the senses, however prepares a person quite nicely for a citrus laden IPA. I have heard it described as a double IPA, however I disagree. Just because it is nearly 8% abv does not make it a double. This beer drinks very easy. The Simcoe hops that are used for bittering are acutaly very apparent. Blended with the 3 "C" hops gives this IPA a delicious balance. Not too bitter at all. The malt balances with hops, neither one overpowers the other. Not to be forgotten is the flavor of their unique burton-union system of fermentation. It is such a unique flavor addition that is sets itself apart from most other beers in its style. If you can find it fresh, go get it. I agree with bhensonb, this is an incredibly drinkable beer.
bhensonb (9836) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aromas of citrus and pine. Amber gold color with a decent white head. Medium body with fine carbonation. Flavor is mostly citrus hop, though it seems a bit floral. The malt is pretty subdued. Strangely the finish seems a bit sweet, though there is a lot of bitter. Seems like a super ESB in some respects. It’s incredibly drinkable.