jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a decent, little, and may I say affordable bomber of IPA. More and more, I have to give credit to breweries like Full Sail who are putting out a unique, quality product which is in the same breath interesting and reliable. This beer sports aromas of pine, basil and a slight amount of citrus. Palate is straightforward, and the malts leave a nice buttered toast flavor on the finish. Sticky pine throughout, but enough alcohol to make the beer not sweet. Very good.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured golden orange, floral and earthy hops, little stone fruits, little caramel malts, little bready.
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white frothy head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is subdued - sweet malts and minty, grassy hops.
The flavor is a big watery bitterness, kind of charred with a little sweet biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly watery.
Overall, this was very subdued. I didn’t get much in the aroma, and although there was a lot of bitterness, there was not much real flavor.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a clear, orangey-gold color with a moderately full, fluffy, white, pillowy head which settles to a very thin froth and leaves frothy, drippy lace. The nose is quite mild for an IPA but pleasant with spicy tones, some sweet biscuits, light apricot, some floral, and maybe a bit of earth. The flavor is instantaneously bitter and sharp with spice, leafy floral, herbal, and some tangerine. The palate is actually nice with a lively carbonation, an oily mouthfeel, and a medium body. The finish is long and highly bitter with the herbal notes and some tangerine. I have to appreciate the lasting bitterness left on the tongue but the intense sharpness throughout the beginning and middle of the beer is offputting. Interesting that the nose was so mild and the bittering of the Zeus hops just dominated the bitterness of the flavor. Typical Full Sail.
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Intensely astringent. Light biscuity malt profile with some soft sweet caramel notes. Leaf and grass are pervasive and the alcohol is more pronounced than it should be. Slightly soapy and sour. Not very good, Full Sail - or rather ; just your style. Meh-tastic.
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, not good. Another diactyl seasoned IPA. But on the bright side, Its amber gold with thin white head, and goes well after a good one like Stone 14.
wchesser (1004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose opens up with warmth floral and malt. Cloudy orange gold. Very bitter finish...too much for my taste...grapefruit pith without any of the fruit or citrus notes. Ok but not likely to get again...wish I had gotten another bomber of Wreck the Halls...
cstuartj (925) - Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pee yellow in color. No head or lacing. Very light taste, no real hop or citrus. Very borring.
MJGG (924) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 22 oz. Arômes de houblon (herbes et agrumes). Le houblon ne semble pas particulièrement frais pour une IPA. Robe orangée et limpide, peu de mousse et effervescence à grosses bulles. En bouche, la bière est plutôt mince, mais relativement peu sucrée. Le houblon montre des notes d’herbes fraîches et de fruits. Le côté aromatique est restreint et, malheureusement, le malt n’est pas suffisamment bien développé pour prendre le relais. Finale moyennement amère.
Gachupines (798) - USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber, almost golden appearance with small white head. Aroma is strong hops and a little grapefruit. Flavor is all hops and citrus, and a bit acrid. No sense of malt to balance it at all. Way too one sided, still not bad but would not pick it over other IPAs.