argo0 (12774) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some peach, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, light bread. Medium body, some resin, light chalk, acidity. Alcohol well contained, fairly drinkable.
Damico (3107) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is syrup malt with boozy notes. The appearance is clear honey amber with a decent white head on top. The delicious flavor settles on the palate with the hops and almost a sweet honey flavor, but very subtle.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 oz, rapportée d’Arizona par MJ. Arômes de houblon américain (pamplemousse rose et fleurs) et de céréales. Robe orangée et limpide, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. Bien que relativement mince en bouche, le malt est très savoureux, présentant des belles notes de céréales et de caramel. Le houblon est bien présent (agrumes et fleurs). Finale relativement amère et moyennement sèche.
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a typical looking amber color with a rather fluffy and large white head and some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Plenty of citrusy hops in the nose. I pick up a lot of grapefruit and perhaps a bit of orange as well. Not really too much malt there, but a bit of breadiness.
T: The flavor is essentially a continuation of the nose. Plenty of sharp and juicy grapefruit with a bread-like malt flavor in the background. A mild, resinous bitterness on the back end.
M: Medium in body with ample carbonation and a very crisp finish.
D: One of the best regular IPAs out there and a stand-by of mine. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
TeamTrappist (831) - jericho, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at David Copperfields. Poured a rich golden amber. Nose is bitter and floral hops. Smooth and an easy drinker. Hop notes are prominent but not overpowering. Well balanced with a mild bitter finish. Very tasty.
Kinz (3661) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale, crystal clear light orange, decent head lingers as a ring. Aroma initially floral and spicy, moving definitively into citric as it warms, nice pure grapefruit note. When cool, the hops dominate, floral and spice. As it warms, the beer transforms. Remarkable amount of gummy caramel malt comes forward that was absent when cool. Hops clearly citric as well. Bit of alcohol comes through on the finish. Better warmer. Good stuff, but not my favorite from Firestone Walker.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved this as an extra in a trade.
Pours a nice golden, orange hued color with a nice head. Already having good lacing as I type.
Strong hop smell but also a malty sweetness to go along with it. This is an incredibly balanced beer in my opinion. The hops hit you but not too harshly. Smooth transition to a slight bitterness at the end.
I was very pleased with this one. Granted I can’t tell an age on it, but I give it high marks for being so well balanced!
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
golden yellow with large white head. rich nose of herbal hops. moderate carbonation for style. firm bitterness, huge hop flavor of herbal and some floral notes. definite low crystal malt sweetness with some alcohol adding depth only. medium finish for the style, not bone dry, but not a ton of residual sweetness. great version of the style
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at the Front Porch tasting. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Citrusy and grassy hop aroma with some malt. Malty flavor at first, but the grassy and grapefruity hops come fast and furious and last all the way to the end. Very nice.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine hops, a bit of grapefruit, caramel, and sugar cookie. Smells pretty sweet. The initial taste is sweet with pine and grapefruit, then some sugar cookie and a bit of caramel. Pretty sweet overall. The finish has a light bitterness. It would probably benefit from some more bitterness. Medium body. Low carbonation. A bit too sweet overall.