doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by our Beer Pimp Brian! Shared with Uncle Steve. The hypocratic Drbayern, The amazing beer Pimp Brian and The King of the Celts, Celticbrew.
Incredible beer! A great hop aroma. Poured a clrystal clear dark yellow with a great white head that was lacy and stayed and stayed. The hps were smooth and balanced. Probablly balanced as well as they could ever be! The back end was just as nice. the mouthfeel was like velvet. this beer is as good as sex! Very easy to drink
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Clear, gold body. Frothy, white head, mostly diminishing. Pleasant hoppy aroma of pineapple, orange peel, citrus, pine. Hints of caramel, apricots, grapefruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Moderately acidic. Mostly hop-driven taste, but enough sweet malts below the bitterness to add balance — except in the finish which is long lasting and bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Not as well balanced or as interesting as Alpha King, for example, but still a nice, bitter IPA.
Christian (11804) - 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 (1466) - 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 (3497) - 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 (8041) - 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.