Christian (11493) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with a small white head. Aroma of tangerine, peach and caramel. Very sweet with a chalky, acrid bitterness
tekhna (118) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Meh. I think I might need to try it again. Felt just a touch to alcoholic to be a session IPA, not quite enough to be a DIPA. Weird middle ground. Palate was off due to the place serving it. Consider this a PSA for the Red Room in Santa Cruz to get their shit together and carbonate their beers properly.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours yellow gold, almost orange, with a healthy off-white head. Aroma is peach, grapefruit, pine, and grass. Flavor follows up with additional notes of caramel. Floral, crisp, and leads into a long-lasting, bitter finish. Good stuff, but nothing really deserving of the hype.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Total Wine. Aroma is heavy citrus and I got a lot of sweetness as well - mainly plums and honey. Flavor is well-balanced - more toasty and caramel malt than I was expecting, given what I’d read about the beer, a nice piney note to it. ALl in all - I was a little let down. Still a very good beer, but very different in profile than I was expecting - the bready malt taste and mouthfilling quality of same overtook the citric hops from the nose really quickly. Quite possible I had an older bottle, I suppose. I’ll give this one another shot. All in all - still a very drinkable IPA.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
citrus and pine smells. big hop taste. golden/amber color. coats the tongue effectively
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shaker pint darft at Malt and Vine in Redmond, Washington. Pour is mostly clear, with a bit of haze - golden light orange with a small white head. Great sticky lacing on the glass as the beer drinks down. Aroma of citrus fruit, soft floral honey notes and a nice caramel toasty maltiness. Really balanced nose. Taste is really full hop - citrus tangerine, resin honey floral, with a good malt backbone - toasty more grain. Palate is medium, nice mouth filling flavor, gentle bitterness on the finish. Really my kind of IPA.
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and pitted against Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Pours a deep hazy gold with a thick white head. Very resinous citrus hop aroma. On the palate, the malt is nearly completely eclipsed by the hoppiness: resinous, pithy citrus, reedy and vegetal. Very assertive bitter finish. This outshone Torpedo IMHO. A crazy-good IPA!
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from John’s (left over from IPA fest) - Poured a nice golden color. Slightly cloudy. Fantastic smell to it. Great balance between hops and malt. Good bitterness without overpowering.
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks odeed. A golden honey colored pour with a small beige head. Pine resin and grapefruit dominate the aroma. Alludes to a soft, wet IPA... At first taste, a smooth blend of citrus and floral hops leads into smooth and sweet medley, before a lingering floral bitter tail. Straight forward and well done.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a copper body with a white head. Very fresh fruity hop character. Pine, citrus, and peach notes. Grapefruit and pine and citrus. Very nice ipa.