brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít love this beer like others seem to, the hops are just too over the top. I donít mind heavy hops but these are too bitter.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop aroma starts dominating right away, but it is light at the beginning, beomes more piney and citrusy, as it warms, somewhere in there I smell that perfect hop aroma, Iíve only smelled it a couple times, in 3 Floyds Dreadnaught, in a couple Pizza Port Hop brews, in Dogfishhead ,in Founders Devil Dancer, and I smelled it here,albeit fleeting. Lots of particles floating around, taste is all hop, the whole gamut of all the hop flavors, with malt sweetness in the middle ,and then the hop bitterness in the end. Mediumed bodied,but still a hop bomb , Simcoe, Columbus ,Centennial, and Cascade decadence. Another San Diego area hop masterpiece, thanks to awaisanen for shipping this as an extra
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy orange/copper with an off-white head. The aroma of hops smack you in the face, citrus, pine, and spices. The flavor is bitter, pine, citrus, spices, caramel malt. decent body, good brew.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 12oz bottle, thanks to jimbowood for this extra. pours semi-cloudy orange-amber with soapy white head. nose is burstying with juicy fruity PNW hops w/ bursting grapefruit, citrus, mango, and pine. taste has a great amount of hop bitterness balanced well with caramel malt back bone and biscuit with a pinch of brown sugar. mouthfeel is rich, full, but sorta dries and flattens out, no alcohol in finish. the hops really dominate the profile but this is a west coast ipa. iíd prefer a little more maltiness, but iím really impressed with this beer. iíd love to be able to have this in the fridge regularly. 4.0
2/20/11, draft, Just a really over the top hoppy beer with big crystal malt base, really bitter but nothing soft or fruity in the hop dept. 3.3
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampledwith Stegosaurus. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. The flavor is pine, bitter, and spices. Good beer.
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one of the hoppiest beers around. Stereotypical San Diego area grapefruit flavors abound in this beer. Maltiness is a bit underdone though...probably the only criticism of this beer. Alcohol is pretty well masked by the hops. Itís overall a decent IPA, though not quite as good as the selections from AleSmith or Stone.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Illinismitty. Nice copper pour with a big frothy off-white head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel malt and spices. Very much like Bellís Hopslam. Hops give lots of grapefruit up front with pine and some floralness lingering of the side of the tongue afterwards. Very little malt balancing out the hops in the flavor. Body is a bit lighter than what I would have liked.
kscottbrown (2) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! If you are looking for hops look no further. Great bitey mouth feel. Nice lacing from the head. Taste stays with you. My kind of beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 Hazy, copper-amber color with mostly full, off-white, creamy head which lasts quite a while and leaves lots of random lacing. Nose is delightful; plenty of pink grapefruit with pine resin, tangerine peel zest, floral, and faint herbal. Flavor is powerful and pungent; pink grapefruit and tangerine hold the bulk of the notes initially but soon followed with light spicy and floral underneath herbal and pine resin bitterness. Bitterness is nearly high. Finishes bitter with pink grapefruit and an herbal character light spice and pine. Palate is medium, nearly lively, creamy, and almost sticky in mouthfeel. Nice IPA and certainly carried by itís unique citrus flavors and pungent, resinous, and herbal bitterness. I first had this about a four and a half years ago when I was just becoming a hop lover and thought it was just too much; now I really like the power of the Columbus to match the complex citrus and other subtleties. West Coast indeed.
BrewerDub (34) - USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall a very good IPA. Copper color. Full white head. Nice and hoppy with some citrus and little bit of floral notes. Not at all very matly, which I liked. Makes this a really smooth drinking IPA. Nothing TOO spectacular here, but very solid nonetheless.