papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 12 oz bottle from CBC courtesy of the guys at Port/Lost abbey: Pour is a clear golden color with a small bright white head. Aroma is grassy, piney and metallic. Flavor starts light caramel followed by a sour grassy bitterness and a dry, sharp orange rind finish. Medium body is tangy with moderate carbonation.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Tonsk. Medium orange color with a small white head. Candied pineapple, exotic citrus, piney metallic hop aromatics. Big crush of resinous piney and citric hops. Tinges of bready sweet malt underneath a persistent fruity and floral hop character. Lasting bitter mouthcoat in the finish, with lingering pine. Mouthfeel is medium light, rather dry.
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Foxy-amber beer with a huge yellow head. USA C-hops, lemon and passion fruit. Bit metallic in the taste, but C-hops balanced by some caramelly malts; again quite fruity. Medium bodied, bit (hop?)oily, ends burning. Good IPA, ripened, which seems a problem in this brewery (see Saison,...).
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask and tap at Hamiltonís, shared with WeeHeavySD. Cask pour is a cloudy, yellow amber with a thin, white, foamy head. Strong sweet and tart aroma of citrus hops. Taste has a ton of lemon, in addition to the hops. Intense lingering lemony bitterness. On tap was a bit different and not quite as good, but still quite nice. It poured a clear amber, with no real head. The taste had a lot more sharp hops presence and a lot less of the lemon. Overall, excellent IPA.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Bill Batten of Alesmith. Pours with a clear, amber-orange body topped by a thin to medium thick ehad with some lacing. Itís bitter, piney and hoppy with a very slight malt note. The finish is full of bitter hop notes. Medium bodied and warming with a touch of dryness.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On-tap at the GF Brewery. Pours cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head. Actually smelled a bit subdued to me, does smell of earthy hops. Taste is big. Lots of astringent, bitter hop flavors. Somewhat earthy with big ripe citrus flavors. Hop bomb for sure. Lasting bitterness on the aftertaste. Full body with good carbonation.
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden amber pour, some head. Danky hops, citrus. Tastes citrus, kinda weak. Thanks Cokebottle and pepsican
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Generously shared by Saco_De_Toro. Pours a crystal clear, honey gold color with a firm finger of well sustaining, fizzy white foam. Intensely hoppy nose, bringing forth a bouquet of fresh, dripping hop resins. Notes of orange zest, grapefruit, and even a bit of floral complexity. Dank, dank, cascade - wonderfully fresh and inviting. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, cleansing palate. Huge hop flavors explode across the tongue, bringing out citrusy grapefruit notes along with a floral orange blossom smack. Intensely hoppy, but definitely packed full of flavor without any harsh, pithy bitterness. The malt, while dry and minimal in contribution, is perfectly balanced with the hops, bringing forth a subtle honey caramel sweetness that works perfectly with the hop flavors. Incredibly fresh and hoppy - the sheer amount of hop flavor is mind blowing, especially considering the lack of scratchy or harsh pithy characters. This is a new benchmark level IPA. There is an incredible array of IPAís currently available on the market, but this is one of the rare gems that can replace all the selection in the world with itís beautiful balance, flavor, and drinkability - exactly what an IPA should be. Thanks for sharing, Julian!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on cask and on tap side by side at Hamiltonís. Shared with Dalekliz, Blair nicely poured me the very first pour off the cask, and I matched it with the tap version. I found out from Jessica from Alesmith GF used their hop back for this beer which makes sense, as they pull off sick hoppy beers all the time. So Wetherel hyped this for me. How are there no more ratings between us? Cask first. Pours golden yellow with a off white 1 finger head. Nose is really super hoppy and resin filled and big big big. Taste is amazingly citrusy, it is bitter, tonuge prickly and it is a very nice IPA complex and worth the hype with a lemony citrus character.
Tap is great, but not as good. Pours Amber tan with off white head. Nose is hoppy and resiny. Taste is much much more upfront hoppy and bitter. There is a lingering bitterness. Its good but not as good. Glad I had it on cask!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hot off the presses, looks like Iím the first to rate this gem. Tim helped bottle this, and brought a few to PP bottle shop and gave me one for my birthday, yesterday. Thanks Tim! Wonder hoppy aroma when the cap is popped. The aroma has Green Flashes signature all over it, but is also reminiscent of Hop Suey nose pounding hop aroma. I feel like Iím standing in Green Flash during brewing. A little malty, leans a little sweet. Medium bitterness that lingers on the tongue for 30 minutes after tasting. Nice earthy grassy hops. Super duper drinkable. I want a big keg of this for home. Beers like this make you want to rewrite your top beer list, because of their high drinkability.