Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber by way of scrizzz. Pours light amber with a one finger soapy off-white head that fades to a thin topper but leaves nice lacing. The nose is ripe citrus and malt. The taste is nectarines, orange peel, caramel and a nice resiny finish that lingers for a while. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Much hoppier than the aroma implies. Good IPA Ė thanks Clint!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Pours dk orange with a medium beige head...aroma is strong pine resin, hop florals and sweet caramel malt...flavour is similar, grapefruit, hop perfume, toffee malt throughout...nice suprise for me as I thought Hales made exclusively shitty beers...
BuckeyeBoy (2453) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 GABF Taster Pours out a cloudy copper topped with a off white head. Aroma of citrus hop and a good dose of caramel sweetness. Taste more of the citrus but pumped up a little more of the grapefruit peel. Not over the top hops with a nice malt to balance it out.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Light copper medium head. Citrus hops and slightly resiny biscuit malts balance well. Bitterness lingers. Lightly warming alcohol. Really enjoyable.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazed bright copper color with a two finger thick off white head, leaving some spotty lacing. A good amount of fresh citrus peel on the nose as well as some toasted malts in the back ground. Flavor was fresh and citrusy with a medium strength malt back bone....a nice extra!
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For some reason I wrote this down as Spruce Goose Double IPA but this is the right name I guess. Fantastic super-hoppy IPA aroma. This is great, lots of bitter hops, but a hop-from-the-vine finish. Quite tasty.
raphael (838) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíd planned something as my 400th review but thatís the way the beers line up. on tap at belmont station. woody aroma with some sour, malt and almost black pepper. dark amber w/ thin tan head. Hops slightly sour, almost greenish, almost watermon, something.
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured clear medium amber with a moderate cap of beige head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit and pine sap over semi-sweet caramel and a touch of redder fruits.. the juiciness pulled me in. The flavor had caramel and lesser toffee surrounded by grapefruit and pine hoppage again.. most of the bitterness, however, was non-descript and became too assertive with warmth.. not that tasty on the long finish. Medium-bodied with OK balance on the palate.. too bitter in the end.. aiight overall.
crackedmachine (464) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium off-white head with a lot of carbonation rising from the bottom. Sweet citrus aroma. The sticky, citrusy hop flavor has a bit of bitter bite, but is subdued by a big malt presence. Some great hops are countered too strongly by sweet and heavy malt. Overall, though, Iím impressed. Definitely one of the better Haleís Iíve had.
DTM (780) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Bier Stein in Eugene, OR. An average IPA that could have used a few more hops. Great malt backbone with muted hop flavor.