mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 On tap at the brewery. Wonderful IPA with nice piney aroma, nice bitterness, and enough malt backbone to back it up.
can8ianben (1278) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 A nice hoppy delicious beer. Subtly sweet malt backbone, but the hops really shine through. Big in the aroma - grapefruit and pine - and smooth in the finish. Not a harsh bitterness at all. Golden/amber in color, nice frothy head.
Re-rate in 2011 - this one really is a fantastic beer. If you can get it during happy hour for only $3, it is an absolute steal of a deal. Delicious.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Pizza Port - Carlsbad. Pours a bright, golden-orange color; mostly headless. Solid amounts of earthy and citrus bitterness in the aroma; clean, crisp hop aroma with a very light malt core. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dense earthy, citrus, and grapefruit bitterness; solid, chewy hop character with light astringency, if any; solidly hoppy, clean, tasty IPA. Lengthy finish: lasting tongue-numbing bitterness, light astringency, light malt core of candy sugar and malty sweetness.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at PP C’Bad. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber with a moderate white head, good lace. Smells nice. Clean citrus hop scent, slightly bitter with some caramel malts as well. Tastes citrusy sweet, orange and grapefruit. Slight caramel malt in the background. Mice, clean and sweet but bitter. Medium body, good carbonation.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Draught at the brewpub. Dark gold color with a sticky head. Really fresh hoppy aroma with plenty of pine and grapefruit. The flavor is pretty dry and hoppy with a definite pine leaning quality. Medium body. Quite clean and drinkable. The dryness mixes with an up-front hoppiness that demands your attention. Well done. 3.7. Rerate for cask version: I*ll give this a bump for flavor, as the cask conditioning seems to harmonize everything, maybe due to the great mouthfeel that softens the hops. Maybe I*m freaking out? Anyway, I*m loving this lately.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Port. Clear golden amber with a creamy white head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Earthy pine and herb taste with a mild bitterness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’briens. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber body topped by a thin to medium thick, off-white head with some lacing. It’s slighlty sweet and malty with a nice hoppy balance consisting of pine and grapefruit notes as well as some apricot. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Briens. Arrived a clear deep amber with a small off-white head. Rich caramel and toasty malts in the aroma, with bold hops to balance, piney, fruity and citrus. Flavor of bitter, astringent fruits, lemon, tangerine and red grapefruit, malts are biscuity and balanced (surprisingly with none of the caramel detected in the aroma), leading to an herby and astringent finish. Medium to full body and gentle carbonation.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden amber body with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, and light pine. Flavor of grapefruit/pine hops and caramel malt with a moderately bitter finish.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap at the 10th Annual Bistro IPA Festival. This IPA pours a medium orange gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is citrusy and piney. Medium bodied India Pale Ale. The malts are caramel. The hops are citrusy and piney. Nice balance. This is a very drinkable IPA, a step above the typical brewpub IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.