ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz into a snifter. Pours a light-copper color with minimal head. Aroma comes out quickly from the glass and is mostly citrus, not overpowered by hops. Aroma is also a bit sweet, with maybe some brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is pure hops, quite bitter, and lacking the sweetness of some other west coast IPA’s. Also seems to lack some complexity in terms of malt, just leaves the bitter hop aftertaste that lasts a good long time and nothing else. Overall, a qualty IPA but is missing something that would make it great.
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whoa, this beer is damn near chunky - I usually only see floaties this big in belgian ales - and, oh yea, she smells like San Diego all right - hugely hopped and citrusy, with loads of earthy simcoe goodness and mouth-watering cascade (they pretty much use all of my favorite hops in this one besides amarillo) - as the aroma suggest, this is one hoppy freakin’ beer - however, there isn’t much else happening here - the dry, tongue curling hop bitterness isn’t tempered by anything - at the outset, some bready malt seems to try to assert itself, but by the finish, this is like chewing on raw hops - thankfully, I love me some hops, particularly these hops, but this still needs something more.
rayOfBeer (651) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle a hazy orange with a light off-whtie tight foam head. Looks as if crushed hop flakes are floating. Big aromas of piney, citrusey hops. The flavor starts with a small amount of caramel malt sweetness but is quickly over-taken by a gratefruit tart bitterness and a piney resin. There is a nice balance if you are a fan of uber hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a smooth creaminess that fills the mouth with a slight acidity from a the high carbonation. Good beer that goes well with food.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Hazy pale bronze colour, average head. Striking aroma of lychee and bread. Massive amounts of hops supported by soft bready malt. Fresh and extrovert. Despite it’s perfect, shiny surface there is lots of structure underneath - which is what separates it from the pack of similar beers- Grapefruity resiny bitterness. A rarely seen combination of excellence both in mouthfeel and aroma!
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a nonic. Dark orange in color with a 2-finger beige head. Nice retention, plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of sediment.
Aroma primarily consists of pungent hops, with raw pineapple, mango, and citrus. Signature Columbus hop aroma.
In the mouth, the hops depart from tropical fruit and instead manifest as quite leafy and bitter. Tobacco, pine, and grass are present, and the malt is but a toasty afterthought.
Finish is oily, hoppy, bitter, and everlasting, and hence, not particularly dry. Medium body with lively carbonation.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty Californian IPA that hits the spot.
Perfumey and very aromatic. Not too bitter. Good hop balance and surprisingly complex in that department (pine, zesty citrus, clean fruits). Fruity, juicy palate. Fresh all around. Fair sweetness, but well-balanced by the hops resins and soft tannins - no agressive crystal character.
Not much, it’s not reinventing the wheel, but it is straight-on what one looks for in an American IPA.
Maria (9964) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Ølbaren 2008.03.11 - Thanks to Faroeviking for choosing and sharing this one as my #3000 on Ratebeer! It’s orange-golden and the aroma is nice and fruity hoppy with loads of citrus, pine and caramel. The flavour has a nice bitterness with notes of citrus, mostly grapefruit, pine, fruit and a pleasant caramel sweetness, that brings a nice balance to the overall impression. It’s a nice IPA.
thornecb (4109) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bright gold into a shaker. Fluffy white head with good retention leaves spot lacing as it slowly recedes to skim surface. Grapefruit and resin aromas. Clean and crisp with well-balanced malt upfront and a lasting citrus, pine and resin finish.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a hops explosion of dried fruit and flowers, pine and a metallic background. Nice malty mid-palate with a clean herbal finish.
Dunbar72 (132) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 12 fl oz.
Pours pale copper with a small off-white head. The aroma is just amazing, a cascade of pure citrus. Flavor of citrus and hops with a nice bitterness in the end. The citrus and bitterness lingers.
This is a superb IPA.