alexanderj (3331) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear copper, smallish white head. Aroma is of pine and citrus. Very fresh and crisp taste. Piney flavor; some sweetness and caramel. Very pronounced hop ending and aftertaste. Pretty good; but a little light for the style. Would have liked more on the palate.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really liked this one. Good representative of the west coast IIPA. I agree with DA, the hops in this beer taste fresh and clean, giving it a different character than most IIPAís. Powerful taste, but not an overly bitter bite. Has hints of sweetness, like a pink grapefruit. Good balance and smooth taste throughout. Finish is resiny but not sticky. Very nice.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Umm, this is an excellent IIPA, not painfully bitter, with a nice pine hop character and high alcohol without the kick to the palate. Very fresh hop aroma and flavor blends with the orange caramel flavor up front. Kinda reminds me of an orange lollypop near the finish. Body has a good weight and is very smooth. Pours a deep golden amber with a soft white head that leaves lacing with every sip.
pineypower (2527) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a light copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of pine/citrus hops, hops and more hops. The taste is very hoppy mostly citrus and pine, lots of pine at that. Makes me feel like Iím drinking the Christmas tree sitting behind me.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours with a great medium white head, soild retention and sticky lacing. Mild carbonation, color is light copper with a bit of haze. Aroma is piney, sappy, west coast hops. Palate is expectedly hop dominated- resin and pine, light fruit. Light toasted malts, hint of butter but not detracting. Moderate bitterness, a slight oxidation. Body is light, a touch too watery for the style.
beastiefan2k (2498) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. My girlfriend is making enchiladas and last time she did this I had the DFH Golden Shower. Those two went great together. I was hoping for similar results with this brew. Since, this was a spur of the moment kind of thing this beer only sat int he fridge for maybe an hour. Pours amber-orange with a small head. Very clear, almost completely lucid. Aroma is very piney hop, with some citrusy hop behind it. Taste is kind of soapy and only lightly oily, pretty light on body and actually not hoppy enough for me (I though i would never see this day). I was hoping for a full on resiny oily hop soup drink. A bit let down but a watery, not left--coast enough of a IIPA. Finishes watery only medium bitterness.
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Wow~!! Definetly a winner here. Aroma is of huge pine needles and spruce. The initial flavor punch is like getting a tree slammed down your throat! I love it. The Summit hops are right out in front. Very great DIPA, and certainly NOT for the faint of heart lite beer drinker.
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice large white head of fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Huge spruce and piney hops in the aroma. Smells like you have your nose stuck into a fresh cut christmas tree. Hint of stinky cheese in the background with some light malts. Color is a bright orange. More pine and spruce in the flavor with a late swallow dry puckering bitterness. Tangy and resinous. A little sweetness but not a lot of malt body. Hint of watermelon rind in their also. Yes, I am weird. Nice warming from the alcohol. Finish is strong bitterness and lingering alcohol and pine needles. Take a bite off a white pine tree and it will be similar to this brew. This is not a bad thing though. Just a huge hopfest of a brew and one that should be enjoyed fresh.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from BevMo: Aroma is hoppy with some pine needles and sweat. Color is crystal clear, rich golden amber with a small fading off-white head. Flavor starts with a tangy bite and sweet citrus followed by some hop spice and a long dry grapefruit rind finish. Medium bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear orange amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is west coast piney with hints of caramel. Taste is dominated by piney hops and hints of citrus and floral undertones. Excellent.