realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle (thanks to black95tt) poured a hazed orange color with a small off white head and nice lacing. The aroma had an awesome floral hop nose with some nice caramel malt balance. The taste was bitter upfront with a big hop character all the way through with a small amount of warmth from the alcohol. A nice treat to sip on, only wish I could get more of it around my area. I see why they picked this one as the benchmark.
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a hazy coppery body with noticeable particulate. Perhaps itís some trub picked up? A creamy white head sits ontop. The aroma is grapefruit, graham crackers, nice Centennial hops. The flavor is much the same. Bitter grapefruit and graham crackers. Smooth and sweet and nicely hoppy. Nice palate. Itís malty, lightly oily, good body, nice texture.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice medium white head. It has a medium body that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Has a floral aroma with a hint of grapefruit and hops. Has a nice balanced smooothness to it and slight sweet malty taste. Finishes with out a bittier bite to it. This is a wonderful beer!
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet hoppy on the nose. Golden orange in color with a light tan head. Flavor resides way back in your mouth with no bitter after taste. None. Where is that IPA bite? Head disappears rather quickly. Use to IPAs with a stronger bitter ending. Ow there it is. Kinda sneaks up on you. Has a light syrupy mouth feel with no carbonation. Bitter ending increases as the glass drains away.
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- Nice thick head with great lacing despite what some others have said. Floral hop aroma. Fantastic taste. Definitly a worthy of a benchmark.
ross (2034) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Bottle from Sean (illinismitty) Thanks. Pours out a yellow brown color without much of a head. Smell is fruity, grassy, grapefruits, and flowers. Taste is sweet and hoppy, malty and very well balanced. Very easy to drink, very fresh tasting. Pretty damn good stuff, I can see why it would be a benchmark for the BJCP. Nice stuff, for sure.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 Poured a nice orangy color some yeast floating around. Aroma was of citrus hops and resinous. Flavor was of pine and some malty flavors. A non-complex IPA but still good.
mvp (138) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottler poured into shaker. Aroma matches flavor. Hops are strong in aroma. Citrus flavor kicks in with first sip. Awesome lacing. I will be drinking many more of these.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium amber with medium quickly fading head. Decent carbonation and light lacing. A very solid IPA. Very nice piney hop aroma and a tart hoppy mild dry grapefruit type flavor. Iím glad I bought a 6 pack of it. Good stuff.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a huge slightly off white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly detectable but nice semi-sweet malt presence provides good balance. Taste is also quite strong on citrus hops with nice malt base. Body is above average and I really enjoyed the low filtration level.