OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with Enniskillen - Thanks Chris! - Pours amber with a creamy offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the shaker very well. Aroma of sharp citrus, grapefruit and pine bitterness abound and there is some malt backbone underneath. Flavor is mor balanced than the nose let on. Resiny citrus and pine there but a smooth caramel malt backbone holds this one up and balances it pretty well. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied and a real treat to drink. Very nice IPA!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of odeed: Copper colored pour with a decent white head. Citrusy aroma with a bit of pine tucked in. Flavor, nice and hoppy resiny citrus. Bursting bitter finish, this is some good stuff. Thank you odeed. Some nice lacing on the glass. I think a couple more of these and I might convert into a west coast IPA advocate.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Pours golden with a tall lasting frothy head. Smells of sweet malty goodness with a tightly wound hop character. Medium full nectar with excellent carbonation. This brew packs a punch and keeps on knocking them down. Tightly wound and supremely balanced like a world class prize fighter. This brew is to be reckoned with.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 One of my favorite IPAís. A beautiful, golden pour gives way to a nice foamy head and wonderful lacing. The flavor is piney, with a tad bit of citrus. Amazing stuff. San Diego in a bottle.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Golden amber pour with a decent head that left nice lacing throughout the glass. Aromas were sweet, citris, fruity. Flavors were very piney and grapfruit. Much hoppier than I had expected. A Very good IPA.
jimrockford (56) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap at brewery and the 3rd of 3 growlers I bought. Another awesome G.Flash brew. Love the styles of hops, floral,citrus, tounge ripper grapefruit and fresh pine. Strong malt backbone and great 7% tart finish. 95% at least
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked this up in Arizona at A.J.ís fine foods.
The pour gives an average orange/gold beer with slight white head. The nose is all raw hop. It smells huge, I mean absolutely HUGE.
The taste..Well thats not as huge. rather bland actually. Still very good. but itís low in citrus, and low in dryness.
Try it for comparison
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours just like any other SD-style IPA (not counting Pure Hoppiness, which is in a class of its own), meaning a loose nearly white head that dissipates quickly with little if any lacing at all. Of all the recent IPAs released in this town the past few years, this one might be the hoppiest in aroma and flavor. A bitter, bitter brew, and thatís not a bad thing if you can stand the high hop-load. Faint floral/citrus tones lurk beneath the overpowering hops, but you really have to seek them out. Iíve heard some IPA and 2x IPA discreditors complain that the styles often lead to brews that lack balance. This would be a perfect example of that lack of balance. I like it tremendously, but to rate it fairly, I feel obligated to point out that the malt gets lost in the truckload of hops.
TomDecapolis (4385) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a translucent golden orange amber with a large foamy/rocky off white head. Aroma of orange, pine, floral hop and caramel. Flavor a little more on the bitter side with grapefruit, pine and some malt hidden in there...but mostly hops. Palate is bitter, yet smooth bordering on creamy. Really solid IPA here.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours to a brassy bronzed body with a creamy white head, nice lacing (even in a cheap plastic cup). The aroma is very hoppy. Sweet peaches, lemons, limes. Light caramel malt backbone. The flavor is peaches, citrus, caramel malts, leaves a great belch. The palate is smoothly bitter. Medium-bodied, coating.