ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 3/1/13. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with many of the usual characteristics in an IPA (okay retention, good texture, nice patchy lacing on the glass). Pretty standard IPA appearance.
S: The hops bring both a good deal of grapefruit peel/flesh, and permutes into a piny, peppery aroma after opening up some. Caramel malts provide the backbone. Very good, especially considering it seems to be a typical "crystal malt and pine hops" IPA Iím oh-so-used to on the right coast.
T: Iím really enjoying the grapefruity hops that open the palate up. As the flavor progresses, it shifts from grapefruit to bright, piny qualities on the finish and aftertaste. The malt profile helps to keep things in check without overpowering. While it doesnít really have any standout qualities to it, the finesse and refinement of the execution is what makes this a great IPA.
M: Itís thick and creamy, yet dry all at the same time. Hop resins accumulate on the palate to a very pleasant level. Thereís just something about it that gives an incredibly íbrightí feel to it.
O: Itís not particularly unique, but the execution here is top-notch. The beer of the month club I got this from has been WILDLY hit-or-miss so far (emphasis on miss), so Iím finally glad to receive a really good beer from them.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Clocktower. Hazy dark amber with a white head. Scent is citrus and floral. Taste follows with bread and pine notes.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A dry herbal/grassy/fruity golden IPA with discreet biscuity malts. Average.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is dank fruity hops with a floral component Taste has some biscuity malts with a fortune cookies flavor, lightly toasted, white grapefruits, dry green herbs, fry flower petals, sweet orange peels, dry sun dried yellowed grass, lemon zest. Sharp bitterness of medium intensity leaving with a finish that sucks the mouth dry. This is a hop-forward beer lacking depth in the malt department, dryness is more because of a lack in the malt sweetness than a high attenuation. I liked this beer because I like hoppy beers and I like dry beersł but objectively speaking I donít think this is a well-made IPA. At least now I can say Iíve led a GoodLife (straight to my mouth).
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle: Pours orange slightly cloudy with a big tan head. Aroma of citrus and spruce - Amazing. Taste is bitter citrus hops, great profile. Finishes light but is an excellent hop forward IPA with great aroma and appearance.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured pale golden/orange with a thick forming white head. This hits the spot as a west coast IPA. Floral, vibrant, pine-like and citrus hops with a clean balance. Lots of hop flavor without being too bitter, and just the right amount of malt without coming off as too bready and grainy. This is worth revisiting for those special IPA craving. Iím hoping for six packs.
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear floral. Nice head. Effervescent. Piney. Phenomenally tasty. Well balanced.
Hanuta06 (446) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at The Beer Junction.
Aroma: heavily piney hoppy.
Appearance: large, rocky, off-white, initial head with excellent lacing and mostly lasting longevity. Cloudy, amber body.
Taste: moderately bitter initial flavor and finish with long duration.
Palate: medium to full body with watery texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: very hoppy aroma without excessively bitter flavor. An outstanding IPA.
Ratman197 (13408) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, orange zest, grapefruit, light skunkbud and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, lemon zest and lighty grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering lemon zest finish.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a pleasant opac golden orange with a thin dense head that laces perfectly. Very nice citrus, hop nose with hints of pine and dry grass. Crisp clean dry hop attack with a slow dry finish.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. Bottle purchased at Chuckís 85th Hop Shop for $4.59 + tax. Almost no lace no head wispy very thin white head. Clear pretty bright thin orange gold color. Huge grapefruit citrus aromatic hop front is wonderful without being too much. Light sediment dusting hazes brew at end of pour. Medium light textured refreshing very drinkable mild sweet citrus pine mild fruit crystal malt clean tasty NW IPA body. Dry mildly bitter rich citrus clean end. Very nice clean NW IPA. (4.0 / 5.0).