valpoaj (705) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Awaisanen...thanks! Pours deep copper with a pretty solid white head that settles into a very nice film with pretty respectable lacing. Aroma of a forest...damn thereís a lot of piney hops in here! Some grapefruit in there as well, but mostly pine. Flavor mimics the aroma...strong pine/woody flavors with enough citrus (orange/grapefruit) in there to keep things interesting. Not a hophead, so I would have liked to see a bit more (or for that matter, any) malt in there, but this is at least an IPA that I can appreciate as there is some complexity due to the diversity of the hops. Strong bitter finish lasts long after the drink is over. Easy drinker, this is one of the better íregularí IPAs Iíve had in some time.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I cracked the bottle, this stuff had the aroma of pine and grass. Poured a cloudy amber with minimal head that went away quickly. Grapefruit and Pine notes abound in this IPA. Itís good - Iím not floored by this IPA - but itís by no means a bad IPA. Brisk, bitter and resinous.
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber copper with brillant, rich, mountainess head that rises way over the glass without dripping. Great retention. Lively hop aroma of grapefruit, pine and flowers. Taste is more towards grapefruit/citrus than the other hops. Not much malt. Bitter and piney ear wax finish.
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 (2686) - 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 (1465) - 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.