rayg1 (558) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer on Christmas Eve with family and friends. Pours out a deep orange copper with a light orange head to it. Smell is deep of grapefruit and pine resin. As I smell again I can pick up some grassy notes as well. The taste is very pleasing biscuity flavor due to rich malts and a touch of sweetness of caramel. This beer is a bit sweeter than I thought it would be and notes of tangerine are found during the citrus smack of flavor. I also had this beer aged between 6 to 8 months so I know the hops are not as fresh or strong as they could be. However, they certainly make themselves known in a hurry. Big hop profile and evergreem come rushing in to balance the caramel sweetness. Not bad, if I had this beer fresher I know it would have seen a small rating bump due to better hop presence.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber with medium off white head. Hoppy aroma with citric and piney notes. Loads of hops in the flavour. Notes of grapefruit, pine and toasted malt. Dry bitter finish.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle with thanks to EinWeizenbitte from over on BA for the great bonus. Pours a hazy golden with a slight orange tint, a one finger creamy white head, and moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is nice and piney, with some light citrus and caramel in there as well. Flavor is also pine, light citrus and caramel. This is a well done crisp and refreshing IPA, and would definitely pickup from time to time if it was available locally. Thanks again Todd!
can8ianben (1325) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deliciously hoppy offering. Lovely warm pine hoppy notes in the aroma, subtle richness to the malt backing on the palate. A very tasty IPA - almost chewy in its hoppiness.
jcwattsrugger (11113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-pours a rich retaining off white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is cascade/orange hops-some bitter, some medium malt. Taste is cascade/orange zest bitterness hops, a bit abrasive/slight metallic, some medium malt. Thanks jwc215 for picking this out.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has a great citrus hop aroma. The flavor has a great up front hop bite. The bitterness continues and leaves a nice tingly bite in your mouth. Good stuff.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Bottle acquired via Sparky27...Eric ROCKS. This bottle a bit past its prime but I know Eric drove 50 plus miles to get it...appreciate the effort. You can definitely tell, even with age, that this is a well put together brew. The aggressive pine and citrus have turned to caramel, honey, and sweet malt. Copper colored body produces a nice half inch off white head. Can only imagine how good this is when fresh. Highly drinkable, even now. Had to go back and rerate since this one earned it. Readily available and one of the most consistent, flavorful, perfectly balanced IPA’s on the market. Could drink this stuff all day, every day. Bright, clean, and bursting with juicy citrus and freshly chopped pine. Mouth is watering just thinking about it! Get it!
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very bitter aroma, hoppy obviously, grapefruit, lemon, peach. Kind of sweet flavor with more in the way of bitter hops than good hop flavors. Lacking any kind of finish, and a bit fishy tasting. A lot of hops for sure, but a fairly weak example overall.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20080728 Pale amber with sticky white head. Nice stinky hops aroma, pissy, tropical. Very thin bodied. One dimensional hops but it is a nice dimension. Quenching but plain.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber and light orange in appearance. aroma is nice caramel, citrus hops, orange rind. flavor has significant caramel malt, same citrus, grapefruit, and a little grainy malt as well. strong example of the style.