ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
1.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Reviewed 2/9/13. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Apparently brewed by Skagit River Brewery, and the bottle says 6.5%.
A: Pours a moderately hazy copper color. The head is disappointingly small; an aggressive pour only yielded a one finger light cream color. Having said that, the retention of the dinky head is excellent, and the lacing left down the glass is beautiful.
S: This one seems malty. Very little hops are prevalent aside from a hint of balancing pine; it’s mostly biscuit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, and marzipan on the nose. It comes off like an English-style IPA - and not a great one, either.
T: Uh oh. As soon as this hits the tongue, a wave of nondescript, generic bitterness scrapes the tongue harshly at first. It’s just about the most unpleasant grapefruit-forward hop profile I’ve ever encountered. This soon gives way to another massive wave of diacetyl and (seemingly) battery acid. And then the bitterness becomes medicinal. And then the general flavor profile becomes metallic. And then the nasty hops intermingle with the buttery malt/yeast and becomes vomit-like in flavor. And then I get the urge to drainpour this. And then I retch after choking down another swig of this stuff. And then I drainpour this for real.
M: The texture doesn’t seem so horrid at first...right up until the sharp coarseness of the body and unpleasant dryness brings out the nasty bitterness in the worst way possible. It even feels gross beyond just the flavors.
O: Welp, I think we found a gold standard for how bad an IPA can get - it tastes like ’crappy homebrew’ levels of bad. I’d even surmise the year-old bottle of Torpedo I’ve got stashed away would be better than this. Avoid like the plague!
Ratman197 (7621) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of butterscotch, carmel, vanilla, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, light butterscotch and light grapefruit zest with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy grapefruit zest finish.
robforbes (1892) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a clear pale amber-orange with a small egg-shell head that goes away quickly, and good lacing.
smell is faint, some caramel, some citrus, and a little malt.
taste is thick and oily, caramel, some fruit, hops, and a little pine. ends bitter but not much else. overall just an okay IPA.
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from QFC - Seattle (Ballard)
Hazy amber color; medium sized head. The aroma is a mix of caramel and resiny and fruity hops, nice. Quite good caramel and toffee flavor, with moderate residual sweetness; imposing hopping, very resiny, abrasive almost, with some bitter oranges fruitiness; very long final, strong.
Bold IPA, not as sticky as a Double IPA, but as hopped.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized head. Citrus and floral. Oranges and pine. A little toast with some caramel.
CampesinoTino (612) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Appearance is an orange tinted golden color with a half-inch of white foam. Mostly apricot, citrus and barley in the aroma with bready malt notes around the edges. The taste has more of a bitter, herbal quality to it from the hops in addition to some orange citrus, honey and biscuit malt flavors. Standard medium-level carbonation in the body with more herbal hoppiness in the finish. Worth a try if it’s on hand but probably not worth seeking out.
reebtogi (3262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with 2 fingers of white head which leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is bold citrus hops. Taste is big citrusy and pine hop bitterness with not quite enough malt to tame the bitterness. This is a very bitter IPA which was somewhat enjoyable, but not quite there.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grapefruit and orange citrus with some bread from the malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapefruit and orange notes, with some grass also mixed in. There is a backbone provided by the biscuit malt which keeps the bitterness from being too high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich golden color with creamy off-white head. Nose of orange, candi sugar, nice sweetness, and honey. Taste is exceptionally bitter, no matching sweetness at all, hairspray, super bitter, oily, and a very bitter palate linger. Pine and grapefruit straight up.
cstuartj (734) - Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Okay nose. A bit malty. Overly sweet taste. A bit bitter and finish is weak. Oh well.