Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear orange-brown. Short tan head with dense lace. Full, round mouth feel, very smooth with a British balance. Malty but not sweet nose which quickly transitions to a hoppy middle and finish. Cask ale!
dwyerpg (4552) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2009
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice citrus hop aroma. This has quite a strong hop bite to it. An overly bitter finish without a lot of flavor. A metallic bitter. The longer I drink this the less I like it.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with medium white head. Hints of hops in the aroma followed up by toasted malt and caramel. Hoppy flavour with citric and piney notes. Bitter finish.
hayduke (3351) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pour from a 22 oz bottle was a very attractive clear copper, with medium white head and good lacing. The nose is mild with citrus hops and caramel malts. Good clean mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balance of malts and hops with a nice bitter finish. A very solid IPA and one I would go back to again. In fact, I will, as I have a second bottle.
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a minimal head. Aroma is hop all the way with a nice amount of citrus. Flavor is minus much of the citrus and instead is nothing but hop bitterness. Harsh stuff, the vodka of the beer world. I usually prefer a decent malt balance with my IPAs, but this is a nice change. Everyone is offering the balance these days, so it is refreshing to taste a beer that unmercifully and unapologetically kicks your ass with a size 17 hop boot.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The head has quite a bit of structure to it as it leaves ample lacing and forms all sorts of interesting structures as it slowly recedes. The beer is a nice amber hue that shows a mostly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice resinous hop character to it with some citrus fruit and a touch of malt character thrown in for good measure. Aromas of pine, a hint of hemp and peppery tobacco are tempered a bit by notes of Meyer lemon, grapefruit zest and some watered down orange juice notes. The malt adds a hint of cracker-like malt to the finish that is more noticeable as you really dig for it, but never supersedes the hop character.
A biting, dry bitterness up front yields to a touch of sweet malt and a citrus hop character, but then moves back to a solid bitterness and a dry finish. Herbal, pine accented hops dominate the flavor profile along with the bitterness with notes of tobacco, hemp oil, a touch of garlic chive, menthol and pine tar. Notes of grapefruit and tangelo peel are noticeable in the middle, but at times can be completely drowned out by the more herbaceous hop notes. This has a nice, light, drinkable body to it for an IPA. There is just enough malt to not let the hops become completely overwhelming, but it could probably use a touch more malt to balance the aggressive hop character just a smidgeon.
With its herbaceous hop focus this is definitely an aggressively hopped IPA. It is fun if you like to be slapped around by hops, which I admit can be fun at times.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
anders37 (16599) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Full Sail Brewing Company. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy citrus aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor with some pine needles hints. Has a long malty hoppy bitter pine needles finish with some hints of citrus.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Jubilation. Not the best IPA I’ve ever scored. Bitter, imbalanced, not too sweet or fruity. Drinkable, but not exciting.
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample. Light amber in colour with medium carbonation, and a but of haze. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Hop forward in the mouth, with lots of dry pine, earth, and grapefruit. Some caramel sweetness creeps in before the chunky dried wood bitterness takes hold. A solid IPA, but nothing special.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange, semi-unclear, with a nice frothy beige head. Very floral aroma, light tropical fruits and light caramel. First taste is earthy bitter, some vegetable, with light papaya. Smooth body, glassy with smooth carbonation. I’m not a fan of the papaya taste, too vague.