Ratman197 (9030) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lingering ring of light amber foam. Aromas of earthiness, carmel, light pine, light orange zest and a hint of grapefruit. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pine and grapefruit with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
lb4lb (2214) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange to golden color with a lasting beige head. Smell is very fruity and tropical and aromatic. Nice Smell. Taste is crisp, and nicely bitter with orange and tropical fruitiness to the hops. Medium bodied with light but crisp carbonation. Fruity bitterness and pine lingers and this is a fantasticly drinkable and enjoyable IPA. One of my new favorites!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a light hazy golden bronze color with a light head and vaguely sticky lacing. Quite the ideal hoppy nose for my hop tastes with an ample simcoe note along with all the right old school fresh hops. You’ve got your sweet piney simcoes up front followed by some woody earthy centennials and a spicy grapefruit cascade note in the end of the nose. Not a lot of malt edges in on that hopcentric nose, much to the love of that nefarious San Diego Pale Ale style. The flavor has a doughy pale malt note along with some sweetness to compensate for the abundantly hoppy nose. Balanced grassy finish. Interesting conclusion. Great IPA.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is clean hops, citrus, pine and subtle roasted malt. Pours super-clear amber brown with small off-white head. Flavor begins with nice citrus and roasted malt. Finishes with a dry hoppiness. A good American IPA.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sent to me by Hophead22. Thanks Tim! Drank this right after drinking a Pliny and Blind Pig. Needless to say, it had some jewels to follow. Flavor was very clean, earthy, and slightly piney. Nose had some good hoppiness, but again, it was fairly muted when compared to the two previous (I)IPA consumed. Solid.
emacgee (3873) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing turd. Pours a translucent copper with a frothy offwhite head. The nose was hoppy, herbal and piny, sweet malty background. The flavor was earthy herbal hops, very piny, some grapefruit rind, lightly astringent. The palate was warming and waxy.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of floral and citrusy hop and a decent caramel backbone. Golden orange with a thin lasting. Bitter citrus and pine initially followed by a nice light malty sweetness. Hops come back in grapefruit form and linger with a little fruity sweetness.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at O’Brien’s.
Appearance is a clear bright orange hue, thin layer of white foam sustains, minimal lacing.
Smell is pretty big hops [pine & grapefruit mostly], swaths of bubblegum candy sweetness and floral essences, some light fruits and spices as well as lighter pale malts.
Taste is dominated by sweet grapefruit and candied hops which give way to bitter pine resin, other light and citrus fruits pop up with biscuit and bread malts, finishes dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue and mouth, moderate level of carbonation.
Drinkability is high, hampered somewhat by the significant alcohol presence, another well-balanced and delicious California IPA that borders on the DIPA category, definitely check this one out if you can.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to cloudskipper for this one. Pale golden beer with a thin white head. Gorgeous fruity citrus hop aroma. Fresh orange peel, piny spiciness and sweet grapefruit. A light honey/pale malt sweetness adds a nice back note to this, but it is still very much a hop-dominated brew. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of orange/grapefruity citrus. Tropical finish. Sticky lacing coats the inside of the glass in a thick layer of Belgian lace. Light resinous bitterness on the back. Another tasty IPA.
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 On tap in Cambria, CA. when this is fresh and on tap it is a whole new animal compared to what they sell in the bottles. hop flavor is so pronounced and complex, the nuances of it work with the firm malt backing so well i was literally taken aback by it. so much density and flavor, it was almost alive. i may seem a little dramatic but this was truly a feast for this rater’s senses. hop extracts? i don’t care if this is made from used depends diapers. i’ve always been a fan of firestone walker beers but this would be enough to get me to join a cult.