leaparsons (8669) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden with an off-white head. Aromas are toast with woody pine and pineapple. Fruity and hoppy. Flavours are sweet biscuit with tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Pine and floral aspects. Bitter on the finish. Good.
obguthr (4389) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whole grapefruit aroma, flesh and peel, juicy, with a honeycomb undercurrent. Clear amber, medium yellow head. Extremely dry, decidedly bitter. Initially, it tastes of mossy pine, but transforms into definite grapefruit peel. Dry and hoppy from start to finish, but dynamic hop flavor. A bit of a hop bomb with neat character, but balance is lacking. Points for creativity, but not really doing it for me.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazed, light amber-ish golden from the 12oz. bottle: A wonderful nose of ripened pineapple, banana, sweet dough, herbs, light citrus peel bitters, and light caramel. Sweet flavors of hay, light fruity esters, citrus peel, and half-baked bread. Definitely has citric hop presence with an herbal backing. Fairly sharp, bitter finish. Drinkability: Citrus, herbal. Pairing: Spicy, baked tofu marinated in Szechuan and chili-garlic sauce. Over quinoa. Rebuy: Yes. #397 on 15042010, DG.
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2010 The aroma is incredible...supremely hoppy and hints of malt (hay, fresh sweet bread). I didn’t know it at the time but the appearance is surprisingly clear for the flavor that follows. It is amber in color with a decent tan head that hangs around just long enough. Thick on the palate, with some immediate fruit, it leads quickly to a substantial bitterness...bitter but very refreshing. This brew mellows on the finish with a lighter bitterness and lively carbonation. This beer doesn’t have any weak points. It is a world class IPA.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hits the nose with big bittersweet notes and a strong mix of skittles and sour patch kids. Flavor is earthy and astringent hop punch but not overly bitter at any point, like floral phemaldehyde. Good medium sticky sweet mouthfeel. Nice brew. Thanks Firestone Walker. 2010 12oz.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear honey-amber with a small head. Aroma-malty, earthy, citrus/piney/resinous hops. Taste- medium sweet malt and dusty, bitter hops. Dark hop profile, not floral or citrusy on the palate. Substantial bitterness coats the mouth and stays there forever. Finishes medium bodied, oily yet dry, and quite bitter. Excellent.
larryLSB (456) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Poured from 12oz., clear golden with medium off white head. Nose of citrus and mild pine, on the bitter side. Taste is on the sweet side, malty, medium bodied, a bit sticky.Nice long finish. Would be one of the finalists for a blind tasting of West Coast IPA’s. Not as dry as some of the others.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soapy head on light orange pour. Tart orange nose, lots of malty fruits. Body is sweet and thick, huge fruit, melon, orange, citrus. Tangy sweet, full mouth finish. A bit dry-bitter but overall more fruit flavor.
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2010 Not a big fan of IPA’s, so my review is a little jaded. Aroma is heavy on pine and grapefruit. Taste is an earthy hoppiness with a little tinge of grapefruit, pine and leaves toward the end.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Citrusy, leafy hops even develop peachy connotations when paired with honeyed and biscuity malts for a compelling India Pale Ale experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear dark golden.
-After reading a few recent ratings, I see that this can be a West Coast hop bomb. I’ve had it twice now (tap and bottle) and this was really NOT the case.
-The hop bitterness is leafy and quite spicy.
-The flavor profile leaves more space for the malts to shine than the usual California IPA.
On tap at The Gingerman, NY and from the bottle.