Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks! Hazy orange pour, lots of citrus hop aroma. Flavor fell a little short of the aroma, but was still very good. Not as much malt in this as other IIPAs though. Good but not great IIPA.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
220z bottle via Homebrew Mys Swap (thanks Rudolf!) Pours a hazy amber with an average size head. Nose is mostly citrus and pine. Taste starts quite sweet and ends bittersweet and in between there is orange, pineapple, mango, and graoefruit, with some subtle pine in the finish. It is a nice hop profile, and the malts are definitely heavy. This could almost be called a BarleyWine... There are some phenols present in the finish, as the alcohol is not hidden at all. Body is full, carbonation medium.
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely hoppy aroma. The taste is mild in comparison, but still nice hops. The palate is surprisingly smooth. Goes great with ribeye steak!
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber, pours a hazy light orange with aroma of hops, a bit of pines, slight caramel. Flavor is smooth, flowers, hops. Surprisingly no hop bite or bitterness. Not a bad IIPA.
Dannyboii76 (1) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As a total hop-head, I dug this beer,but felt a little ripped off. In my opinion theyíve taken their West Coast I.P.A. and simply ran a different carbonation scheme not unlike Alesmithís I.P.A. which employs thr micro-bubbles carbonation style if you pick up what I;m layiní down. Great beer, but....
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. A somewhat cloudy orange color with a big foamy white head. Smells of orange peel and grapefruit. The flavor is an interesting mix between a hoppy IPA and the spice of a Saison. Not the hop-forward IPA I was expecting, but itís flavor is all itís own and really drinkable. Quite floral and citrusy. Itís not a must have, but Iíll be trying this one again if they start coming to NC.
drfabulous (6036) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding. Floral. Hoppy. Full body. Not overpowering. The style I love. A really good IPA from a brewery that I am now really in love with. Ship to Missouri!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, thick, syrupy looking body. Glowing orange-amber color. Large, fluffy off-white head settles quickly to a thin patchy film with a skinny edge. Minimal spotty lacing dots the glass. The nose has a strange buttered graham cracker profile up front, almost like a pie crust. Scents of strong orange and grapefruit hops add sharpness, while cereal grains add a grainy component to the background. The flavor is again heavily based on buttery malts, with caramel and toffee playing big roles. Sour grapefruit hops rush in on the back end. Moderately astringent finish. Medium-heavy, syrupy body. Sits pretty heavy. This is a somewhat strange brew that let me down a bit.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark cloudy orange. Notes of hops, pine, malt, and bubblegum in the nose. This beer is all about hops in the flavor! I mean wow. You can taste the alcohol which is a negative here.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with a large semi-creamy/frothy white head. Nice aroma upfront with notes of pine, some grapefruit rind, a touch of grass and alcohol. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with notes of pine and a touch of bitter orange/grapefruit rind, backed up by sweet alcohol. Finish is light and dry. Overall I enjoyed the beer, and it was quite easy drinking. I would have liked more assertiveness in the hop flavor, especially in the citrus department, and I think it might have actually been too easy drinking for the style, but still quite well made and enjoyable.