BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Toro. Bright clear orange with minimal head. Nose is danky earth and sweet malts. Taste is bitter hop flavors of orange and pine resin with a modest backing of bready malts, touch of heat in the dry finish. Medium
body and carbonation. A nice hoppy west coast IPA, nothing stand out here but a touch above average for the style.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at HBC. Clear light orange with a small, off-white head. Typical WC dry pine and grapefruit with a hint of buttery caramel malts, which isn’t so typical. Buttery notes are gone in the flavor but there is a lightcaramel backbone, along with lime zesty hops. Dry finish with earthy bitterness at a 6. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Very good.
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronado 22nd Anniversary. Golden-orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is rough piney/weedy/citrusy hops and a little malt. Flavor is sweet pale/caramel malt with earth, weed, and citrusy hops. Pretty nice balance. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. Great IPA.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hollister. Pours with a small white head over a clear golden orange body. Aroma of somewhat dank hops and citrus. Taste is spicy hops, with pine, fruit and florals. Medium carbonation and low residual sugars.
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 (1484) - State College, 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 (3207) - 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 (1432) - 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 (5533) - 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.