BrewDad (4842) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
5oz Taster - Fred Fest 2008 - Hair of the Dog Brewing - Portland OR
Aroma – Strong IPA aroma with a nice malt backing.
Appearance – Amber in color, Nice head and clear.
Flavor – A very good IPA flavor this was the mildest of all the beers and was still strong. Huge IPA flavor.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry IPA finish.
Overall – very flavorful in the hops and the beer stood up with the rest of the lineup which says a lot. There where some monsters at this festival and this regular IPA did very well.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear gold with a white head. Aroma, juicy citrus, some fruits, some sweet malts. Flavor, sweet pale malts up front, some citrus and grassy hops. Not bad.
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
for whatever reason, I didn’t love the first one of these, but then I caught a whiff of the second, and it smells amazing. and it tastes great too.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a transparent, brassy gold color with a firm layer of white foam. Very clean, citrusy hop aromas with floral notes of orange blossoms. Mild grapefruit zest and a subtle layer of honey scented malt lying beneath. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a texture that’s riding on the creamy edge for an IPA. Very clean, grapefruit zest hop flavors up front with a fresh herbal bitterness. Just enough caramel sweetness to add depth and body, but doesn’t crowd the quenching, refreshing attributes of the beer. Some pithy hop bitterness lingers in the finish, with just a slight amount of scratchiness. Well executed, this beer is ideally suited to be an everyday drinker. Plenty of flavor to satisfy the discerning palate, but also restrained enough to be enjoyed by the uninitiated hophead.
douglas88 (5812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks for all the beers! Pours a light shade of orange with a thick and frothy white head. the aroma is heavy and enticing hops, mostly grapefruit. The taste was not really that bitter, it was more of a smooth and sweet hoppy fusion, well made and tasty. Fairly dry, but full of flavor. A great IPA for sure.
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap DLD,this was a golden amber color with a fruity and caramel smell/it had a nice pleasant taste and a nice bitter finish to it witha few malt flavors overall a good ipa.CHEERS!
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours out crystal clear deep gold with off white head and a mild amount of spotty lacing. The aroma has that pleasing combination of malty sweetness mixing with grapefruit hops creating a sweet citrus smell with a mild grapefruit note in the background. The taste starts with orange peel and grapefruit hop bitterness mixed with sweet malts and mild sweet caramelization. Then midway and toward the finish the maltiness recedes leaving a load of grapefruit hop bitterness unattended and wrecking mild havoc on the taste buds. Mmmmmm. Just what I expect out of an IPA. Yum. It dries out a tad into the finish leaving a wealth of citrus hoppiness behind in the after taste.
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear burnt orange color with a small but dense head that sticks around for a while.
Aroma is nice and hoppy. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Juicy and inviting.
Flavor is an explosion of tropical hoppiness, with grapefruit and pineapple. There’s a floral sweetness and a lingering bitterness too. A perfect amount of caramely malt balances this beer beautifully.
Mouthfeel is semidry and the body is a nice medium heft. Another great California IPA.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchill’s in San Marcos, CA--Poured a light colored copper-amber with a small frothy white head. Piny, fruity, full-bodied and delicious.
billteeth (3) - USA - MAY 3, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you like Racer 5, this is a great one in comparison. Very tasty. 7.5% Union Jack! Have only seen it in grocery stores in the area of the brewery (central coast, ca).