TorbenJensen (1457) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A true American IPA with lots of nice foam. You simply can not bestow it up without lots of yeast residues end up in the glass. It has an unexpected odor of fruit. Both melon, orange, lemon and apricot increases in the nose. The taste is also short-lived fruity, but also short of it is saturated with lots of hops as downright bombarding your mouth. The finish is long and very dry. I know that American IPAs tend to be aggressive, but here I think probably that it has gone too far. It is far too hoppy for me.
jamaty (1867) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cobriza - caramelo en el color, muy buen aspecto, con sólida espuma de buena retención. Aroma terroso, resinoso, y pino, con toques frutales. Sabor muy lupulado que pega fuerte al inicio, con explosión brutal (pino, naranjas, albaricoque, uvas). Pero base sólida malteada, muy rica que le da cierto (solo cierto) equilibrio. Final resinoso muy amargo y seco. Excelente.
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little disappointing that this beer was still sitting in the store in 2015 when it was bottled in 2012, but I didn’t notice that when I picked it up. However, it’s pretty clear that this beer has been handled properly. No off flavors. I wouldn’t know it was three years old if I hadn’t checked the date at the bottom to make sure I was rating the right one. Some of the fresh hop aroma is missing, but this is still in prime shape. Caramel in the malt.
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the Kansas City Barbecue in San Diego, where the piano scene from Top Gun was filmed. Show me the way home, honey! Pours a beautiful, perfectly clear copper with a 1.5 finger off-white head that’s foamy, dense, and recedes slowly, leaving a thick filmy top layer and sticky sheets of lace. Citrus and sweetness in the nose. Lots of lime, orange, mango, pine. Not much malt, but who needs it? In the flavor, bitter grapefruit peel mixes with orange juice, nice light tropical fruits, lemon, lime, a subtle dank character and mint. Light pale backbone, maybe some honey. Prickly medium carbonation and a smooth medium body. Nice fullness. Heavily bitter, but not too bad. An aptly-named effort from Green Flash, for the flavors of this beer epitomize to me the West Coast IPA. Lovely.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was one of my fav IPAs while still living in San Diego (06 to10).. Sad to see it retired. Thought I had rated it several times but I guess somehow it slipped through the cracks. Anyway, simply stated this IPA is one of the epitomes of San Diego style.. zesty, powerful but also real laid back.. This was a regular order for me from draft houses.. Oh well.. looking forward to trying the next in line...
nihtila (2887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.4.2014. Hazy orange, thick lasting head. Fresh aroma, grapefruit. Taste is citrus, dryish bitter, maybe a bit too dry for my taste. Good US IPA anyway.
Hanan (82) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Top of the line IPA. Ben a favorite for 3 years now solid. Pisses me off that it’s sold in a 4 pack. It’s good but doesn’t need to be priced so much higher than something like a Stone IPA. If they sold this as a 6r or in a case for a reasonable price I’d buy a lot more. Nevertheless, very pleasantly piney, beautifully hopped, and a bit more on the dry hopped end.
Erzengel (7757) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
*Old rating from 2012. The beer starts fruity and smooth, fresh, but way too sweetish. Nice, fruity-floral, sweet.
cbohl (13) - - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great full flavored IPA - great appearance, very piney and hoppy but fullness smooths it out a bit. Very much in the Sierra Nevada Torpedo range and that is a much more affordable alternative.
Abrakarl (420) - SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice tropical beer with plenty of hops. Typically the aroma is better than the bitter taste.