JaBier (4730) - 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 (362) - 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.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.
Appearance: Standard tangelo orange body with a 1 finger white crown that has a bit of retenetion and some lacing.
Smell: Lemongrass, grapefruit citrus hops, a small floral note, etc.
Taste: A touch bitter without much else going on. Fairly blah. ; Gets better as it warms.
Mouthfeel: On the thinner side for the style but not bad.
Drinkability: The thin mouthfeel helps it go down.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2009
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz - Normís (Vienna, VA) - Hazed amber, thick off white creamy head. Sweet floral-pine and light citric-spruce aromas ride a soft toffee malt undercurrent. Full pine and pink grapefruit hop flavors balance well on over a lightly sweetened caramel backbone. Loads of hop flavors throughout minus any harsh bitterness. Medium bodied and very smooth, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Has some elements of Troegs Nugget Nectar that will easily make this my 6 pack choice on forthcoming summer weekends...
Dogbrick (7567) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". The brew is a burnt reddish-orange color with a medium light tan head that recedes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Piney hops aroma with touches of grapefruit and caramel. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has pine and citrus flavors. Caramel malt in the background. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty solid overall.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been wanting to try this for awhile and it just got to the Northern VA region. 12 oz bottle. Pours a classic fiery copper with an off-white head. Pleasant PacNW citrus hop aroma of medium strength, piney and citrusy. Flavor-wise this is delicious - starts with a strong light malt body with just a tinge of caramel sweetness leading to a very juicy piney,grapefruit c-hop flavors. The bitterness certainly lets you know itís there - seems higher than 70 IBUs but thatís not to say itís coarse - appropriate for an American IPA. Iím digging the body on this one too - very full, round and creamy (yet very drinkable) with perfect lively (but not prickly) carbonation. I canít wait to try this on tap - I wonder if Iíll pick up a more pungent aroma vs. the bottle.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle (via trade) poured into a Duvel tulip.
Aggressive pour yielded a light amber with a smallish one-finger white head. Head dissapates quickly but leaves behind a nice creamy lacing. Good carbonation is evident by sight and taste. Nose is a strong citrus (orange, grapefruit) and earthy pine with a sweet malt evident. Taste starts with some bitterness that is almost like orange zest quickly countered by a malty sweetness and a nice, refreshing orange aftertaste. This is well balanced and delicious. It features a medium consistency and only slightly oily mouthfeel. At 7.5% and this well balanced, sessionable it is. As with lots of left coast offereings, I just wish I had enough access to do so. If you are lucky enough, go for it!
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-pours a clear golden orange with a good bit of bubbles rising to the top. the head is creamy and slightly off white with good retention and a thick lace covering the entire side of the glass.
S-the nose is quite big, it seems well balanced favoring the hops and is quite oily. some lightly toasted biscuit up front with notes of caramel. hops take over, lots of oily pine with notes of grapefruit in the back.
T-the taste is quite nice and follows the nose. caramel malts with notes of bread. lots of grapefruit with hints of pine and oily hops. a good strong bitter finish that does not linger.
M-this is so smooth on the palate with a medium to light body. Oily on the palate, wet, slick on the back of the throat. carbonation is low but enough to hold through.
D-this is a very good ipa with a nice balance with a strong hop profile and good bitter finish. only had a couple FW beers; but they are nice!
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Blind Tiger. Clear amber orange with nice white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is big citrus resinous hops, aggressive pungent fruit that i love, darker caramels beneath. Taste is big chewy hop resin fruity outrageousness. Big bitter finish that lingers. Slippery smooth on palate. Diggin it!
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Birthday gift... and an awesome one at that! This delicious brew is packed with simcoe style hops... bitter, sweet, tangerine, and more bitter. Nose is bright, booze, hoppy, malty. Medium oily body. Really borders on double ipa.