beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Najaís from early December. Coppery clear pour with a light head. Grapefruit rindy hop aroma. Some medium-sweet caramel malts with a goodly amount of grapefruit rindy and woody hop flavors, and a decent bitter bite to finish. Good balance.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with a small white head. Strong grapefruit aroma on a lemon base, I mean a hoppy type grapefruit and lemon of course. Strong hoppy taste with a good blend of lemon and grapefruit on a medium dry body. Kick the alcohol up some more and this can be a fine IIPA.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with a thin white head. Sweet grapefruit hops aroma. A grapefruit hops flavor with a bitter aftertaste
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 On tap at Najas in Redondo Beach. I am on an IPA kick and this is one, if not the best yet. Really robust and yet balanced. If I find this in bottles to take home, I will be in trouble!
Update: 2/17 - found bottles at BevMo. This stuff is awesome. It is so well balanced, strong pungent hop kick with the killer citrus/grapefruity overtones.
8/20/11 - 3rd rating and bumped again to a 4.5. This beer speaks to me, I just got home from a week in Carlsbad drinking all kinds of great beer, I come home and open a bottle of GF-WCIPA and think "wow, this is one of the best beers Iíve had all week!"
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a tannish-yellow with a small head that seems to last. A bit cloudy with few bubbles making their way to the top. Smell is more mellow like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Citrus and hops come through mostly. Smell seems well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a bit thick and seems to coat my mouth. Well balanced with the hops taking over at the end. Sweet citrus, malt and grassy hops. Very smooth yet full of flavor. Whatever hop varietal this is, it is one of my favorites. Grassy and citrusy.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle from FlacoAlto and Herbjones consumed (one of them) on 1/18/06.
Large, frothy, sandy-white head, very strong retention, tons of lace. Copper-tangerine-skin tinted golden-beige body. Light haze, growing stronger towards the end of the bottle. Modest filtration, bottle conditioned. Small bubbles stream upwards methodically. The nose produces a grand cascade-like citrus/floral hoppiness, with traces of pine resin and light perfumy notes carried on by a hint of faint, dry alcohol. Mango skins and melons, light caramel and a touch of b-vitamins as it gets to the bottom of the bottle. Quite a bit of grapefruit dominance, overall. Fresh and of medium to medium-high strength, but not terrifically complex. Flavor begins, quite unexpectedly, on a very resinous note. Crystallized gland secretions on dried hops are all I think of at first (leading to thoughts of other crystally dried substances that resemble hops....). Ahem. Dry grapefruit, unripened peaches and light bitterness are set tastily against a pretty straightforward, light caramel maltiness with plenty of pale malt sugariness. Soft, fuzzy bitterness washes away the malt sweetness, with a leafy, green hop plant-like flavor. While the malt complexity is not very high, the compact bubbles produce a soft, thoroughly engaging carbonation and the lack of skimping on the malt leads to a supple texture (not to mention the low filtration). Nothing new on the scene, by a longshot, but very well-executed. Surprisingly low bitterness for all the C hop use. Some acidity is inevitably noticeable but in no way disruptive. No alcohol apparency or yeast apparency. Would like to see some more malt complexity for sure to add balance/variation to the resinous-grapefruity hop schedule.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong floral hops are the first aroma to escape from beneath the dense creamy head of this orange bodied ale. Thatís soon followed by grapefruit, pine, and a sweet hint of that malt stuff that you find in some beers. The head turns rocky and leaves rings and chunks of lace behind as the brew is drunk. Itís got a moderately thick mouthfeel, and the hops start to kick in and coat the tongue with a sharp bitterness. The hops overwhelm the caramel malt in the flavor, a blending of grapefruit, bitter soil, tart oranges, pine, and lemon zest. The finish is a prolonged bitter experience. The commercial description reads, "Pair it with grilled meats in a spicy rub, or any Mexican dish for the perfect match." Screw them! This is one of the better IPAs that Iíve had in a while, and Iíd rather not spoil the experience with food.
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Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is nice clear amber with a nice dense off white head...smell is very hoppy with lots of pine and soap and a hint of grapefruit...taste is incredibly just bitter...something meaty too...this is strange and not good...somehow it is just off...
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma hoppy and malty. Hint of caramel. Golden color. Average white head diminished quickly. Fair lacing. Tastes of hops and a little citrus. Medium sweet and a a little bitter. Finish absolutly delightful. Light to medium body perfect for style and to my liking. Perfect carbination. Overall, an excellent IPA.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Pours burnt orange from the bottle with a big, thick head with good lacing. Awesome aroma of pure hoppy goodness. Palate is not as clean as some West Coast IPAís, but the hops you would expect are definitely present. I really like this beer. Almost overpowering with hops.