kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Hazy, orangish-amber color; off-white head with good retention and lacing. Dense, resiny grapefruit and citrus aroma; slightly earthy / maple syrup malt backdrop. Medium-to-full, chewy and resiny mouthfeel: bitter citrus and grapefruit hop character; decent balancing maple syrup malt backdrop, with minimal astringency; fresh, dense, and (as mtoast noted) much better than last year. Lengthy, dry citrus and bitter finish. Resiny, drinkable IPA.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Mad Mex Robinson, 8/16/07. When did this beer get this good? I tried it about a year ago and was less that impressed, a year later and itís a completely different beer. Nice deep amber color, fluffy off white foam that sticks around despite Mad Mexís insistence on using beer killing quat sanitizer. Aroma is huge pungent hoppiness, lots of pine, some tropical fruit, some citrus, very complex. Very nice malt backbone. A damn fine ale.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of eaglefan538. Thank you sir. Beautiful copper orange body with a two finger thick white head. Nice lacing as well for an IPA. Tons of carbonation going on here from the looks of all of these bubbles racing up from the bottom of my glass. Did someone just mow some grass? Because thatís what this beer smells like. Huge notes of oily hops, juicy grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, pine and grassy earthy notes. This is what an IPA should smell like, to me. The hops hit you over the head in the flavor as well, along with honeysuckle, oranges, grapefruit and pine. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation is lively, confirming my earlier thoughts. Finish is medium length, spicy, floral and bitter. Nectar of the Gods this one is. Quite possibly my favorite IPA to date along with Two Hearted.
superflashgo (9) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer reminds me of dandelion greenery. It is so rawly hoppy that it tastes green. I actually like this version better than the imperial, cause I can drink more of it!!!
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark caramel-gold with a larger than usual soapy head that lingers throughout. This begins with a massive nose that would invite and excite any hop head within a ten mile radius. The body is overtaken by hops throughout, with a floral taste through the middle with a nice pleasant muted bitterness on the backend. If there is a weakness to this beer, and I donít believe there is, it is the light body. But if you want a good IPA that you can drink all day, this is it.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium, but well retained light tan head. Huge piney hop aroma, some grapefruit citrus, but more grassy than fruity. The taste is much the same, the hops just dominate from start to finish. i would have no problem calling this a double IPA. There is bitterness there, but not too bad actually, the fruits kind of come out in the finish. Too hoppy for me to be a session IPA, but certainly enjoyable from time to time.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very copper color and has a long-lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is strong with hoppy, citrus, piney notes. Excellent flavor for another one of these mega-hopped IPA offerings. Not sure why everyone insists on making their IPAís hoppier than anyone elseís, but I canít fault Green Flash for following the trend... and I canít penalize them because I donít love this style. If you want a ridiculously over-hopped beer with spicy food, I wouldnít not recommend this.
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super wet, grassy, and piney hops leap from the bottle. Pours cloudy copper color with a one finger white head. bitterness is like a knife through your tongue. intense for a regular ipa. there is some citrus, but mostly grass and pine. the bitterness is almost too harsh and masks some of the flavor. could use some more malt. overall, a excellent ipa.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a cloudy amber with a thick off white head...lots of yeast floating around....terrific smells of pine and citrus..great hop bite with the first sip...nice bitter finish....little bit of a malt touch, but a big bitter (wich is good.... for me)...very nice IPA but I wasnít expecting the yeasties
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As soon as the top pops on West Coast I.P.A I can tell Iím in for a treat. Nothing but hops after opening. Poured a crystal clear polished copper that got a little hazy after I dumped the yeasties in there without even thinking. A two finger white billowy head formed on the pour that just stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass.
The solid head on this beer is holding some of the aroma at bay. The aroma is still solid and nothing but sugared grapefruit. Mild caramel in the background. Simple but yummy.
Flavor isnít near as good as I was expecting. As a matter of fact itís just ok. Caramel malt starts things off and is bigger than expected. The hops arenít as pronounced as I thought they would be when the bottle was cracked. Sweetened grapefruit comes through mid palate. Good but nothing really stands out.
Medium bodied and velvety smooth with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish.
I can drink these pretty easily. Balanced flavors keep this beer an easy drinker.
Maybe this bottle is a little past itís prime. I have a couple more so if things change this review will be updated. Solid IPA but nothing to set it apart.