TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bronzed peach. Unfiltered. Beautifully thick and sticky white froth. Pungent but unexciting nose of pinesap, aspirin, raisins, and sugared grapefruit. Fluffy but firm carbonation. First sip teems with resinous hops and bready malts. Prominent alcohol and tacky residuals lend an unappealing medicinal edge to the flavor and tarnish any lurking brightness. Airy and hollow center disallows the juicy elements from adhering to the palate and thwarting the harshness. Much sweeter and sappier than it is bright or juicy. So little juiciness, in fact, the harsh aspirin flavors intensify and are further exaggerated by the sharp carbonation and brash pine. Finishes highly acidic and slightly chalky but quite weighty with a high concentration of honey and pinesap. No hop burps to neutralize the lingering unrefined hop notes, either. As far as IPA comes, this is just another dime-a-dozen offering. Not only are the hops muddled and graceless, but they also fail to contribute anything exciting or interesting to the aroma or flavor.
Ungstrup (27642) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is very sweet and very hoppy, but also with some grassy notes. The flavor is very hoppy combined with light notes of caramel, leading to a dry grassy end.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish-orange brew. Foamy, diminishing head. Aroma is sweet, syrupy citrus, grapefruit. Smooth, creamy, bitter flavor. Notes of pine, apple and grapefruit. Slow warming sensation. Gooood stuff.
JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Pours a dark yellow/copper color with a not so strong caramel citrus aroma. It also has chunky white floaters and a decent off-white head. A hoppy bitterness from start to finish. Some grapefuit, citrus, and caramel flavor. The bitterness is what I notice most; it leaves the bitterness in your mouth. Pretty decent IPA, but not the best. It is refreshing.
Kevin (2005) - Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
itís september 2nd and i am sitting here with my teeth chattering and having a beer at 11 in the morning after quitting my job. this pours a hazed dark yellow that looks like honey with a clingy yellow head. aroma wasnít so much a slap in the face with hops as a firm shove. smells like wet grass wrapped around a sugar daddy. hop flavors dominate everything here. another bottle of hop juice. iím going to start at the end and work my way back, dry finish that really emphasizes the grass hop flavor, before that was a bit of caramel with a think pine syrup texture. and starting it all off was just anonymous bitterness that i could not put a flavor to. a good one for the hop heads, but i am really starting to lean away from this kind of beer, ah iíll keep it in mind if my tastes come back around, after all i went through a span where a lot of belgian beers werenít doing it for me and i snapped out of that.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green Flash tasting @ RFDís and bottled: Pours to a clear, copper-yellow colored body with a medium white head that sticks on the outside of the glass. The aroma fills the nose with hops - citrus, grapefruit, pine, fresh dry-hopped grass scents, hop leaves, very bitter. Taste is bitter hops right up front, grapefruit, citrus, fruit, pine, this one is all about showcasing the hops and it does it well. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes with extended citrus/floral hops.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle. Dark copper color with lots of little floaters, interesting effect but would have been a 5/5 with a little more consistent haziness. Creamy head that forms little peaks and valleys, leaves awesome lacing. Huge, arresting floral hop smell, unfortunately tastes a bit weak by comparison. A bit thin on the palate, zippy grapefruit hop that moves into a buttery malt and a smooth, faintly spicy finish.
Braudog (5345) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My vote for Best of Show at the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival in Richmond, 8/26/06: An amber beer with a nice light hoppy nose. But it delivers a robust grapefruity bite. Wonderful resin. Outstanding.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: lemon and grapefruit hops. A lotta grapefruit. Some medium pineiness and a touch of floral. Behind all that thereís a hint of caramel and some breadiness. Appearance: Light copper or dark amber depending on the light. Pretty hazy. Off-white head was full and frothy. Diminished quickly into a light foam floating on the surface. Nice lacing. Flavor: Lots of grapefruit flavor, including some pithy bitterness. Strong pine and a nice floral note. Some caramel and biscuity flavors and a touch of malt sweetness support all that hop flavor. Bitterness is pretty strong and lingers for a good amount of time. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitterness carries over into the finish. Finish wasnít quite as dry as I would have liked. Overall: A good, solid west coast IPA. Great hop aroma and flavor, and a nice strong bitterness. Bitterness lingers a little too long for my tastes and the finish is a little sweeter than it should be.
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazingly fresh grapefruit aroma. Coppery amber color with virtually no head. Starts with a piney impact, then that great grapefruit bitterness. Finally some malt shows up in time to disappear under hops and hops and hops. Medium thick, nice level of carbonation, and the bitterness just lasts and lasts.