mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 Floral and resiny hop aroma. Color is copper. Awesome taste of hop bitterness and malt flavor without sweetness. Solid IPA.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Amber, slight copper hue, clear, lively carbonation, moderate frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Certainly looks the biz.   Straight up hop nose.   Very minor barnish/musty malts.   Clean, slight citrus aspects, smooth hoppiness.   Not biting at all, while remaining hoppy and somewhat citrusy.   Seems well balanced, smooth, with a nice finish.   Body and mouthfeel are spot on.   Lingering citrus zest.   I would enjoy it more if it had a touch more sweetness.   That woukd really round it out.   As is, fairly solid and enjoyable.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours golden amber with a creamy laced white head. Wow now that’s one awesome aroma, exactly how I like my IPA’s. There’s a burst of juicy hops right off the bat. Heaps of grapefruit and citrus, orange and pine. Great bitterness and finishes refreshingly dry. A delicious IPA...great stuff!
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is nice...thick yellow head and clear light amber body. Aroma is alright of earthy hops and citrus. Flavor is buttery bitter. Palate is buttery, a little astringent. This beer is just ok for me...the malts are a nice background addition but I think the cascade hops have a wetdog feel.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour with nice big off-white forthy head. Big hoppy nose of citurs and spice. Flavor is big with cascade hops, wet hoppy flavor that you just chew through. Nice touch of roast that finishes this thing off.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with tashi at my "All my US bottles from GBBF need drinking" tasting, 16th Aug 09. Bright lively golden amber with a thick white head. Lurking hop aroma - you know what’s coming. Dusty dry start to sip. Fruity, with nice grapefruit hints. Alcohol gives it weight but doesn’t mess with the flavours. tashi detects a hint of almond perhaps in the middle. I could definitely taste a nutty, biscuity malt, once the initial hop bombardment subsides.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange/amber with no head. Nose has caramel/toffee malt with pine & citrus hops...nothing new. Palate has alot of malt & hops, though the hops are probably alot duller than originally intended. Finished with rich malt & good hop balance but as mentioned not quite as robust. Good & would think is great fresh.
pete4999 (1188) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Gator from TBS...thanks! Nice orange pour with great lacing and little islands of foam. Exactly what I was looking for with this IPA - huge pine nose, almost flowery. Citrus fruits in the background. The taste is hard-hitting pine as well. Some honey in the taste, extremely smooth, not as fizzy as i was expecting. In enjoyed this a ton.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold pour with a large, lasting, loose white head and great lacing. The aroma is sweet and fragrant with strong grapefruit, juniper, pine and notes of honey and toffee from the malt. There’s also some hints of pepper and lemon zest. The flavor is sweet but not cloying with lots of grapefruit, toffee and pine needles. There’s some dry biscuit from the malt and it has a lasting, floral bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is medium in mouth feel, dry, and has lots of carbonation.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice hop aroma hits your nose a soon as it was poured, nice fluffy white head with a golden apearance. really nice well balanced ipa, not overly bitter which was nice for a change.