mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely golden orange with a small but lasting head and wonderful goopy lacing. Aroma is very sweet and inviting - yum! Tastes splendid - lots of oily hops and present alcohol, light citrus character, slightly woodsy. Good carbonation, creamy thick body - delicious! Great lingering hop aftertaste. What a treat this IPA is!
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Iím re-rating this on 3/10/09 - original review is below. Why the perfect rating? For me, itís the perfect IPA. Itís the perfect balance of hop bitterness, hop flavors, malt body, aromas, carbonation etc. If Iím not trying new beers, thereís not a single beer that I can think of that Iíd rather have than this one. Itís the only perfect RB score Iíve ever given and probably will ever give.
bottle / tap - wherever I can get it
I canít believe I havenít rated this one. Since Spring í08 when we could get this in Philly, this has been my "must keep around the house" IPA. Big hop aromas, good malt body w/o the biscuity toastiness so many IPAs have these days. Good crisp hop bite and more importantly, the flavor of the hops is really nicely done - citrusy grapefruit and resiny pine in a nice mix.
All summer weíve been able to get this with blue labels. The other night, someone brought over a green labeled version. Not sure if thatís s different beer or not (it sure tasted different, but that was after quite a few other beers).
koterba (2) - north wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2008 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
poured well and had a typical west coast aroma of pine with some grapefruit. tasted like they dumped as much cascade hops into an ipa; overal unbalanced and too hoppy. this is coming from an ipa fan
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. Poured a clear amber color with three fingers of white head. Lacing was moderate. Aroma was of pine and floral hops with a little caramel. Flavor was bitter up front and in back, but well balanced with malt. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Great brew.
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 Iím pretty shocked. I fully expected to really like this brew but was underwhelmed. Itís very bitter and astringent but not at all balanced. Not a top tier IPA by any stretch.
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[1620-20080822] 12floz bottle. Floral hops and pine resin aroma. Murky, medium orange brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head and lots of floaties. Hoppy resin pine flavour has a bitter bite with a mild butter finish. Medium-full body is bitter. Very bitter but a nicely made brew.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a small white head. Nose is strong hop scents with grapefruit, lemon, grass. The flavor is a little weaker with citrus and caramel in the flavor, but there’s a nice wood that comes through. A little too sticky and oppressively coating.
SSSteve (3667) - - AUG 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a murky reddish copper under a medium sized, frothy, off-white head. a mix of floral and citrus aroma. strong and pungent hops with a sweet caramel, bready malt aroma. strong bitter hops dominate the flavor before a sweet bready malt shows itself mid-palate ending with a dry bitter fruity finish. light-medium bodied.
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Ross for this one. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one and I’ve finally got my hands on it. w00t! Anyway, pours a rich amber color with medium sized fizzy head that fades quickly and leaves nice lacing patterns in my glass. Aroma is of pungent pine and grapefruit, it’s an all out assault with this stuff. Taste is just as intense as the aroma with fresh cut pine, grapefruit, orange and caramel malt tickle the tongue. This is a very resinous and fruity beer. Carbonation is moderate and this beer finishes clean and sticky. A very solid IPA and somewhat reminiscent of Tyranena’s IPA. For me, this is a nice change of pace when I get sick of Two Hearted’s hop profile.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008-08-22. Hazy orange amber body, modest creamy beige, some floaties. (3+) Aroma is resiny and light alcohol, green leafy notes. Flavour is quite bitter, fairly astringent, muted resin and caramel malt. Smooth average plus palate. Flavour is a bit more rough than expected. Has been in the fridge for a while, may have lost some of the citrus notes over time.