CelticBrew (844) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bomber a light copper/amber, forming small head of foam, aroma, much of grapefruits, light mangos, a bit of hops and caramel. Flavour was carbonated, with a tinge of biscuit. Grassy floral component joins residual citrus hop flavors Very well balanced, easy to quaff, tasty beer.
TheEpeeist (3380) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear orange with a frothy off-white head. Nose is orange, melon and caramel. Medium, resiny body with a sprinkling of carb. Taste is orange marmalade, lemon, caramel and pine. Well balanced and quite tasty. Solid IPA.
FedorStout (16) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was really excited to try this badboy since Iíve passed the brewery many a time. Let me just say this is a really good ipa. Got a 6 pack of this and wow is it tasty. It has grapefruit taste with hops and then a little bitter taste. A great ipa and for the money well well worth it
Slepkov (36) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This looked to be a run-of-the-mill over the top IPA. The appearance is what you would expect, a not-at-all pale hazy light amber, with a typical coarse head.
God save the Queen! At the forefront is a shower of grapefruit followed shortly by pine resin and a finish of mineral dirtiness reminiscent of dead-sea mud. The bitterness is apparent, but well balanced by the malt. Very near perfection. May very well be the best Iíve had! I need to go drink some Heavy Seas Loose Cannon to make sure...
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
big citrus and malt aroma. Big, chewy malt character with serious bitterness. The balanced finish makes it dangerously drinkable, but it is almost too chewy.
raphael (895) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit with a little resin i the roma, distant caramel. clear amber with modest head. flavor well rounded but a little dilute, as is the bitterness.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL bottle from beerstore.co.nz.
Pours classic IPA amber, crystal clear.
The aroma is massive, brimming with piny US hops. I love those things! There is also a substantial amount of malt barely getting through the hops Ė but itís there. Pepper and orange peel aromas also there.
Your palate is assaulted with hops as soon as the beer touches the tongue. Cloyingly bitter, those 70 IBUs definitely come through. Resiny hops coat the mouth with pine, bitter grapefruit like citrus and pepper. The finish is long, and the hops just donít quit. Itís wonderful.
I thought this one is a little unbalanced, but definitely one of the best IPAís Iíve had. Perhaps some malt flavour would have mellowed that peppery hop, thatís what was getting me.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got this bottle in a trade with Weibull, thanks! The color is a golden orange with a small soapy head. First sniff makes me smile, nice hoppy grapefruit citrus aroma. The flavor is also hoppy with more grapefruit but is not at all unbalanced. This is a very good IPA but what do you expect given that it is from California? Oh, the 7.5% is not noticeable to the taste, nice.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-29-2008 01:54:37
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/10/09 From the bottle. Aroma is rich with faintly grassy earthy hops perfectly balanced with rich caramel malt. Appearance is clear copper with a very well maintained off white head. Flavor is a little more hop forward than the aroma, but still has a very good malt balance with a little more noticeable roast character. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a very well maintained cream colored head. Overall, a big, very english brew. My only warning is to make sure to enjoy it cold, if this wams up that earhty note turns almost to dirt.
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Najas Place. Pours clear gold with an average, white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, meal), heavy hop (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of peach, pear, and apple. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.