strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Strong sharp hop aroma, clear deep golden color, nice white head. Bitterness of a good IPA. Very solid all around, top class IPA.
Slipstream (2442) - USA - OCT 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with a soft, sizzling head. Pleasant hop aroma. Some iron, grapefruit, citrus, and plenty of piney hops. Nice mouthfeel and very tasty. This stuff hits the mark, i.m.o. - just what I want in a reasonably priced, medium strength IPA. Adrian says we were fortunate to get it fresh.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a remarkably clear pale amber with 1 finger of perfect head that stays for the whole glass, leaving pretty lacing along the way. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of grass, grapefruit, resin, and the cheesiness of fresh hops with a biscuity malt undertone. Taste is honey, caramel, resin, grapefruit, and herbs. Body is medium, creamy, low carbonation, finishes dry and hoppy. Overall, a fantastic rendition of an American IPA, basically a perfect beer.
lupulicious (30) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ EastBurn (and many other places in recent years.)
Big bodacious C-hop bomb IPA, sort of an exemplar of the California IPA style. Grapefruit & a bit of pine in the nose. Golden color, bit of haze chill, loose head, thin sheets. Peppery snappy malt profile fades to citrusy hop finish.
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a straight down the middle American IPA and a damn good one. It doesn’t look like much, sort of a hazed pale body and rocky head of large bubbles but who cares what it looks like when there’s this much hops in the nose. This is a very fragrent beer w/ loads of floral, honey-like notes and vibrant, juicy citrus. This is dry and comes off just slightly thin bodied due to lower than average carbonation but the robust and slightly biting bitterness in the finish easily make up for any shortcoming. I wish this weren’t so strong so I could drink more of it. That is a good thing in an IPA.
edwardbass (783) - Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent IPA. Nice hops bittterness and very drinkable. Definitely on my list of IPAs to drink regularly.
AWISLguy (2458) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Pub at the Monte Carlo. Pours orangey brown with an off white head, nice lacing. Aroma has citrus fruits with a lovely fresh melon/apricot/mango blend and some pine. Taste has citrus fruit, pine with some nice caramel back. Somewhat bitter despite all the fruity sweetness. Finishes with medium length and stays sweet and bitter. Very nice!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from unclemike, thanks Mike! Pours a cloudy, orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid with a bready, medium sweet caramel and lots of flowery oranges with a nice, herbal resiny note. A touch of toast to the biscuity malts along with more citruses and a touch of peppery pine. Flavor is similar. Lots of orange and tangerine florals up front with plenty of caramel and biscuity malts to balance. A touch of toast comes in as the hops pick up a slight pine resin, a bit of an herbal pepper, and a growing citrus. Ends a bit sweet and somewhat juicy with lots of florals and citrusy hops all balanced with a biscuity caramel malt. Moderate bitterness is not necessarily thin, but it feels like it needs a bit more of an oomph. Medium, creamy, somewhat thin feeling body at times and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Lots of biscuity caramel balanced well with plenty of hops. The body ever-so-slightly feels a bit thin at times and the bitterness seems like it needs a bit more, but that doesn’t distract enough from making this highly enjoyable. Good beer.
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, Calif. Color was orangeish apple juice. Came with more than inch of head that took awhile to come down. Lots of lacing early, that slowly dropped off. The film on the sides were spread out through the finish.
Smelled citrusy and piney, but not hoppy at all. Lemon, orange and grapefruit seemed to each have a say in the nose.
Tasted of smooth, citrus hops along with some sweet, floral hops. Surprisingly not too bitter.
Medium body. Average carbonation. Clean and crisp.
I’ve had this many times, but had yet to rate it. It seemed to be a bit high for my liking, but maybe that’s just me being a Firestone homer. Either way, a clean and crisp IPA that goes down smooth.
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Draft at Jerry’s. Gold with big, foamy, white head / Vibrant, sweet, nose of pine, citrus, and bubblegum / Medium, creamy body, resinous, lightly sweet with good hop bite and nice, bitter, finish / Flavors of cut pine, resin, grapefruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and honey / Not out there in any direction, just textbook perfect.