EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-brown pour with a light tan head. Piny hop aroma - very floral and fruity with some citrus. Intense hop flavor. A bit of citrus, but mostly bitter dry hops. Good woody malt backbone. Decent IPA.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Copper pour with an offwhite head. The aroma was amazing: every type of citrus/fruit hop I could imagine. I smelled grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, pine and some sweetness to round it out. Taste was similar. Vast amounts of hops with an underlaying sweetness from the malt. Very drinkable.
douglas88 (6248) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium white head. Lots of lacing. An awesome hop aroma; tons of grapefruit, some caramel, and just a ton of freshness. The taste is also very nice; a large hop presence, initially sweet citrus flavor that end up more piny and bitter. Some rich caramel malts too. The alcohol shows very little, and the mouthfeel is a medium fullness with a creamy character. Very nice. A top IPA for sure.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Amber-golden with slight sediment suspended in the brew. The descent sized white head fades fast to a lacing. Aroma is citrus, hops, and a slight sweet pine character. Flavor is not as bitter as the aroma leads you to believe thanks to the dry hopping. Sweet malt balanced with hops makes the finish a lot cleaner than some IPAs out there. This is up there with one of my favorite IPAs. Well done.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours copper with a big white head. Aroma is filled with citrus, floral hops. Citrus continues into the taste combined with some malt. Finish is just slightly short but definitely a very good, well balanced IPA.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Possibly my favorite IPA. Slightly cloudy amber body with a beige head that leaves some decent lacing. Grapefruit and pine are the prominent aromas, but I can also sense a bit of caramel sweetness. Clean, medium mouthfeel with some good carbonation. Flavor is top notch. Malty caramel sweetness up front leads perfectly to citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine notes finish off this great brew. Not much of a bitter aftertaste.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured cloudy amber with some floaters. Aroma was of pine hops. Taste - Pinesol, grapefruit, caramel and citrus. Quite bitter.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to mmm///beer. deep gold pour with a 1 finger beige head. hops, flowers and slight malts on the nose. smooth on the palate with a great smooth hop flavor that is quite balanced. slight bitterness on the way down but it’s very tolerable.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 Very nice IPA w/ strong aroma.flavor is floral, spicy,citrusy, and of course hoppy. Very enjoyable. I rerated this after purchasing a six pack of these
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cannot believe this IPA is not in the top 5. The combination of dry hopping AND leaving it unflitered has forged the PERFECT..and I again I say to this day PERFECT IPA for me.
The dry hopping here produces a nice "gumball" mouthfeel, while the unfiltered floaters root it diametrically to the earth. Wish I didn’t have to trek to Hudson, WI to get it. But I do...and will.
Try it for yourself. I know raters here tend to rate higher the higher the ABV. Just remember this is an IPA not a Double IPA.