Bartzilla (597) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty well balanced IPA. Not getting a big smoke smell or flavor like some have reported. Then again, I skipped the glass and and guzzling straight off the pipe. That said, my appearance rating is for the sweet looking can, which basically looks like Southern California going up in flames. Is this really 8%? So far, I’ve liked all the offerings from these folks. This is extremely quaffable. Weird bite at the end, which is pretty tasty. Dry finish.
Bonnie628 (50) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can mellow no big hop aroma kind of lean and average. Crisp and more style just bitterness. No bad not great.
slowrunner77 (8982) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"the low ibu and the relatively low abv (for a double) are irrelevant upon first sniffing and then quaffing this fine brew. Sweet, aromatic smokiness comes through a little at first, then in great er measure, in the nose. A blast of floral citrus and pine follows. The flavor is a little more smoke and fruit, hoppy while not being overly bitter...and super fresh. LOVE this beer!"
Wittales (760) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance was hazy orangish gold with diminishing creamy off white 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are malt forward with hint of smoke, then some citrus fruits and pine come to play. Taste are sweet pale, crystal malt upfront, then grapefruit, orange, pine and lemon with touch of smoke on the back. Palate was creamy smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then lasting malty fruity smokey finish. A unique smoke IPA, A for effort.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Proof. Clear amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, grapefruit and faint smoke. Flavor is much more smokey, with grapefruit and citrus and caramel malt sweetness. Not too shabby.
Sarapeaches1990 (22) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can brew with extreme bitterness. Sat in cooler at a bachelorette party...have had good IPAs. But tis is not one...may be on beach but not here....and bad vibes when my parents house burned down during fire storms...no good
gtb1973 (22) - - FEB 19, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A double IPA for a fortnight and a day #14...Pretty much all these beers have the copper/orange appearance thing with lots of clarity and average head. Aroma was lacking in the hop department, imparted more sweetness than hoppiness.
Same with the taste, mild hopping, sweetness stood out more, came off as an English ipa. Mild citrus flavor, very mild for XXIPA
baraciisch (2664) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light citrus hop aroma, hint of smoke.... Golden in color... Crisp, light bodied with caramel malts, citrus hold... Notes of smoke throughout... Solid IPA
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jazz88 (2645) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. A hazy golden color with a white head. A great job integrating the smoke. It was extremely well balanced and did not mask the IPA hops and malt base.
Itzjerm (1975) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really smokey at all but enjoyable basic ipa no aroma. No head. Easy drinking.
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FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich copper amber hue that shows a clear, golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma has an up front fruitiness to it that leans towards ripe tangelo, guava, and lychee that is backed by nutty, toasted malt notes and a light, smooth phenolic note that really doesn’t seem like smoke. As the beer warms up it starts to smell a bit more like smoke
Light smoky notes up front (with a rounded rich, savory smokiness) yields to bright hop notes in the middle and then phenolic, slightly plastic like smokiness in the finish as well as a light, but lingering bitterness in the finish. Up front the smokiness accentuates a savory, nutty, toasted pale malt character. Hop notes of grapefruit zest, ripe tangerine zest, perhaps a touch of lychee, pine like woody notes, and the last is accentuated by a savory smoky woodiness that comes out as the beer warms up; there is almost a woody, oak like note that.
Quite interesting, I was actually quite excited to try this, though didn’t quite know how this would work. Luckily the smoke character is subtle enough that it really doesn’t clash with the hop character. Extra points for being the first beer I have tried on a concept I have been thinking about for years.