MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:
A bountiful bouquet of pine and flower petals is supported by soft biscuity cereals until green, resinous hop bitterness effortlessly elevates this West Coast IPA to the styleís quintessence.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Fluffy foam decorates the lightly hazy amber.
-The finishing bitterness is not overwhelming, just perfectly levelled with the rest of the hop presence.
-The body is healthy and eminently drinkable.
-Sandy hop connotations appear as well (from the Simcoe?).
Bottle and on tap at Spitzerís Corner, NYC.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap. Copper color. Min white head. Pine citrus nosy. Hops, hops, and more hops . Mild malt. Bitter finish. Classic IPA!
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy hold with a frothy white head that leaves huge amounts of lacing. The aroma is citrus and pine to the core. Itís so fresh and sweet though. Really enjoyable aroma. The flavor is a bit unbalanced though. There definitely arenít enough malts to cover up a really long brutal bitter finish. With the exception of the overcompensation of hops in flavor, this beer is impeccable.
Oscbert (1210) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at West Coast Brew Fest í08
~Pours a light golden colour with diminishing head.
~ Nice strong hoppy scent.
~Hoppy grassy flavor, mild sweetness.
~ i really enjoyed this brew
mmmbeer (1369) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz.bottle in trade from stoutlover72. Into the shaker it went- poured slightly turbid dark orange, very nice white head - one finger to the end- slowly bubbled away, medium lacing. Low carbonation, aroma of earth, pine, and floral hops. HIts the mouth with a medium body, malt is very detectable throughout the swallow, hops come in the middle and last well past the swallow, finish has an enjoyable acidity to it. Very well balanced and very enjoyable.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful honey amber with a tall, foamy, off-white head. Fantastic hop aroma, both a citrus and a very floral sweet pine. Nice flowery, honey malt flavor at first. Extremely smooth body, with a mild onset to the powerful hop finish. Not overly bitter, but by no means week.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. $14 for a 6-pack - damn hop shortage. Pours a clear medium gold. Divine strong hoppy aroma. Flavour is exactly what youíd expect - in a good way. Strong, warming, hoppy and bitter. More please, thank you, yum yum.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light amber beer with an aroma of... hops!
Quite intensely hopped making it hard to taste the malt as more than an underlying sweetness.
Not very wellbalanced, but still delicious. After all the talk about rising hop prices, this beer fell really luxurious!
blipp (7777) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Bottle. Pours orange with a lasting off white head. Hoppy aroma pine and lightly citric with a solid malt presence. Medium, soft body. Flavor is hop heavy up front, mostly piny, rounds out with some malt in the middle and has a long finish of bitter hops. Awesome.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich orange copper colour, inviting citrus and piney aroma...taste as good as it smells, well hopped but not over the top..some malt sweetness and body to create a well balanced IPA...thanks to my buddy Eric for this post golf range treat.