slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Re-rate. I donít know if I was just in a weird place with hops when I last reviewed this beer or if the batch has changed significantly (or just Iíve had Palate Wrecker since then). Draught. Bright grapefruit aroma with pine and orange. Cloudy brown with a thin white head and great lacing. Firm bitterness, but a significant malt presence that balances, along with lots of juicy hop flavor. Rough on the palate, but appropriately so. Finishes dry with lingering hop flavors.
Draught. Strong hop aroma, grapefruit and pine. Pours a clear amber with a thin head. Flavor is poorly balanced, mostly a strong hop bitterness with very little depth. This is what happens when you throw all your hops in at the beginning of your boil. This isnít even a hop-bomb, itís an IBU bomb, and that just makes for a harsh undrinkable overrated mess of a beer. 7/4/3/1/7
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly of citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is pretty bitter from the hops with a hint of the caramel malts. Bitter, lingering flavor on the finish. Pretty good.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - pours clear and dark orange with thin white head; soapy, sweet hops; crisp and killer bitters; smells as good as most double IPA’s but with a very light and thin body; a little sweetness is there, but this basically a straight bitter bomb
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark orange to amber brown. Clear and almost transparent. Very strong hop aroma, some orange juice aroma in there also. The falvor is bitter bitter bitter. BITTER BEER FACE. Bitter hops, some clean citrus and pine but the bitterness lingers. Palate is full but bitter. BITTER!
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with a medium, off-white head.
Loads of grassy hoppiness and sweet malt in the aroma.
Flowery, perfume-ish hops in the flavour with a distinct bitterness.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle. Wow!!!!!! This is what an American style IPA should be. Orangish color, solid head, good lacing. Tons of fruity, citrusy, beautiful hop aroma, with just a touch of malt sweetness lurking in the background. The flavor is everything that I desire in a well-crafted IPA. A solid malt backing that carries all of the hop goodness but doesnít intrude on the overall flavor. Such a nice blend of bitterness and flavor in the blend of hops. It get resiny and sticky towards the finish. This may be my new favorite IPA.
JoeinDahlem (1366) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Next to Bells 2-Hearted, this might be my favorite beer drunk on my recent stay in the States. Draft. Hazy bright orange with nice white head. Awesome grapefruit-floral-hoppy nose, really enticing. Flavor has a touch of sweetness, big juicy citrus-hop flavor with relatively moderate impression of bitterness, gaining sticky strength in aftertaste. Refreshing and delicious.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper orange body, creamy sticky beige head. Very focused grapefruit aroma, citrus, floral, piney. Extra dry flavor, very bitter, piney. Bitter floral dry-hopped aftertaste. Medium bodied. Probably best to drink with some food to help wash down the bitterness. Seems a little heavy-handed and austere in the hops department, and the flavor doesnít quite live up to the aroma. Good, but from the ratings here youíd think this is the best thing since sliced bread...
hoplover (166) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly amazing! This is one of the best regular American IPAs Iv’e ever had. The first thing I must comment on is the aroma.....OUTSTANDING!! Definentely lost of grapefruit in the nose...which I love, and piney too. It pours a beautiful clear pale copper color with a head that stays till the fat lady sings, which is rare in an IPA. Very good lacing. The flavor is pretty bitter but not harsh. Not much malt characteristics at all, after all this is all about the hops. A real piney flavor which is not a bad thing. A great IPA. Lives up to the hype. .... Man I can’t get over that aroma....mmmm
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange amber color with thin, lacy head. Nose of crisp florl and fruity hops...orange, mango, white grapes, pine and honeysuckle. Flavor is just a fantastic hop bomb with a decent malt backbone to keep it from really ripping your palate up. Clean, bitter finish. This is very good.