d2005 (11) - USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On cask in the Tempe brewery) Smells of malt and hops and looks the usual pale ale color. Tastes sweet and quite hoppy. And since it was on cask you could actually taste it since it was lightly carbonated. In addition it was *approaching* the creaminess that you would expect out of a real ale. The only problem is that this is an IPA. An IPA is generally not a very well balanced beer. In general they are either too sweet or too hoppy, and occasionally both! This brew is just too sweet for my taste, but it is hands down better than the vast majority of american ales out there today.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 (on tap at Scottsdale location). Dark copper color with small head. Prominent citrus aroma. Big bitter taste with big, juicy citrusy hops and a moderate amount of sweetness. Lighter-bodied with an oily texture. Great bitter finish. A good American IPA, and a bit under-rated.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from nbutler11. Thanks. Clear amber with white head. sticky lace. Nose is earthy hops and light soap. Taste is big sweet and yummy. Great clear hoppiness. Long lasting flavor that moves to the back of the throat with no bitter harshness. Honey and hay hidden in the yeast and hops. Nice light IPA.
PS I swear to God I didn’t read the brewer info before the rating. The "no harsh bitterness" was all mine.
Tmoney99 (13615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample. Poured clear amber color with an average to large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate resin eathy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate duration. This beer exceeded my expectations.
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Tempe close to the source. Didn’t take notes on the color, but wasn’t unusual; not much head. Aroma of citrus, pine, with some earthy/herbal notes. Flavor was hoppy but showed balance. Same flavor components with a dash of caramel malt. Very solid.
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by the fine fellow sitting at the next table over at Woodshop 5.0. Pours clear gold with a fizzy white head. Herbal resinous hop aroma with light citrus and pale malts. Spicy resinous flavor with a solid bitterness. Body is a little thin but this is pretty good.
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap in Scottsdale (brewed in Tempe). A very decent IPA. Lots of lace on medium yellow coloured body. Pleasant C-hop aroma. Very decent bitterness.Appropriate carbonation and average mouthfeel.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty light amber pour. Aroma is a bit lemon tea-like, much like their pale ale. Flavor has medium bitterness, reminds of a teacup in which I forgot the teabag for a few additional minutes.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour. Aroma has citrus and pine hops to go with some caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy, but not overly bitter. Offset by a good hit of caramel and honey. Not bad, not amazing.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A punchy crisp and sharp IPA with focus on pine-tree and grapefruits. Kick-ass session beer.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh the same day I received it from nbutler11, thanks a lot Nick
The look: Clear golden blonde body topped by a long-lasting small off-white head
In long: Mega hoppy nose with pine-tree, grapefruits and some floral notes. Taste is kick-ass. This is not a round and rich caramelized well balanced IPA. This is a rather dry, crisp and very sharp IPA. Some honey and a tiny bit of caramel, a lot of grapefruits, pine tree cones, coniferous tree bark, dry orange peels, tangerines, some citrus fruits. Sharp bitterness of medium-high intensity. After-taste is rather dry with pine-cone tree. What a pleasant surprise this beer was. I knew nothing about this underrated session IPA. Drinking this was almost a religious experience. Religion gives hope not only to the one who have money. Four Peaks gives hop knot only to the one who have money.