tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a true IPA. This should be the model for the style. One of the best IPAs I have had in a while. And its not a Double or Extreme or anything. But it packs a punch. I like the use of different types of hops. The Simcoe hops are the main flavoring, while the others provide more of an aroma. This is like a session IPA. Strong and hoppy, but definitely could enjoy a whole slew of these.
AbeerWolf (27) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the beer that got me started on IPAís. First smell was dominated by wonderful sweet citrus notes of grapefruit. Plenty of sweet malt to support the hops. Stays with you in a good way. An unbeatable beer when you get a good batch!
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a deep copper color. Nice white head with some lacing. Fantastic aroma of tangerine, lemon and grapefruit with slight pine note. The taste is a hop sensation with highlights of citrus and some biscuit malt. The bitterness is long lasting and really coats the tongue. A nice beer that I need to pair with some spicy food.
radiomgb (2225) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich orange-amber in colour, long lasting creamy off-white coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is incredibly hoppy woth lots of pine, grapefruit and oranges, floral, caramel sweetness. The flavour is again very hoppy, lots of citrus and pine, some sweetness is also kicking around here. Dry mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes very dry, long and very hoppy. This was very hoppy from start to finish, very dry, not much in terms of balance either.
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>kmweaver, thanks Ken.
Received on November 8, 2007 and opened on November 11, 2007.
GJF (1230) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fabulous beer. Bought as a twelve oz bottle from bottle trek, poured into a pint. Poured as a nice gold/coppery slightly cloudy with a rich rocky white head. The aroma was intense, grassy and citrusy. The hop flavor was overpowering with a creamy malty background. Incredibly rich and dense flavors that really lasted. I was really wishing I had ordered more. Great beer.
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours a copper color with small white head. Aroma is of grassy/piney hops, some sweet grapefruit citrus hops, and a little floral hops poking thorugh. Same thing comes though on the taste. Pretty tasty brew.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma of pine citrus and the hint of peach (from the simcoe I believe). This one loses out a bit in the middle and end, a bit too bitter and the hops seem to vanish (relatively speaking of course). A bit of a disappointment after that smell.
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 12oz bottle: pours a hazy light brown with a nice white head that quickly fades. aroma has a strong fresh hop smell. flavor is very high on the IBU scale but the slap you in the face hop bite fades after every sip. very well made beer but could use more CO2.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good IPA. Well balanced and endearing. Everything that an IPA needs to be is present, but without it being too much. Right up there with Alesmithís for sure.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle: Pours an autumn amber with a whipped head that offers plenty of lacing. The hops used here, from the nose to the body, are bright and defined. The combo of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe are a knockout punch, with the perfect blend of tropical fruit, tangerine, orange, grapefruit as well as fresh cut grass, lemongrass and cut roses. A slight increase in crystal malt would offer a better cushion to the bitterness, but I canít complain. This is one of the best IPAs Iíve had.