OldMrCrow (1865) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Din Tai Fung
This is hands-down one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. I’m sure I have a number of four point something IPAs from the 20-0-somethings, But to break 4.0 in the 20-teens takes something special. This one has that something. Deep hazy yellow pour with a fine creamy white head. Citrus nose reflects deep citrus flavors that aren’t the least bit hop-oily, just juicy and delicious, an abundance of hop flavor almost without hop bitterness. This is really, really well done. I’m very impressed by Hop Valley thus far: Citrus Mistress was really good, and this is even better.
Let’s see if the bottle in my fridge comes anywhere close...
RedSox2004 (1289) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates to a thick layer, with lots of lace. Aroma of citrus, piney and slightly dank hops and bready malt. Flavor is semi-sweet mildly caramel malt, citrus hops with a light piney component. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, lively carbonation and a crisp dry finish.
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from The Beer Junction, Seattle
Cloudy golden color with small head. The aroma is a bit piney and citrusy. The mouthfeel is rather dry, there is some caramel and toffee flavor, strong bitterness, but not enough hop qualities.
I wonder if there is a problem of freshness, but there is no date on the bottle.
cmonster (978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can served in a tulip. Pours hazy orange with a medium sized head. Decent retention and nice lacing. Nose has spruce, grass, and cereal malt. No citrus. Medium bitter, minimally sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy-sticky texture and a long, oily, very bitter finish.
malrubius (1763) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from Joe’s. Hazy goldwith small head and lace. Fresh orangy citrus aroma with a little grainy bready malt. Orangy mild honey crackery sweetness with fresh citrusy orange rind bitterness and and little lingering pine. Medium body nice carbo accentuates hops. Just your average excellent IPA. And just because it seems almost everybody can make an excellent IPA these days doesn’t mean that they’re still not excellent.
Salmoniform (823) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from can to glass. Golden hue with fizzy white head. Aroma is melon, grapefruit, pine, citrus oil, grassy. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a nice hop bitterness that borders astringent in the finish. Overall this is an ok IPA but has a metallic/astringency in the finish that isn’t overly appealing.
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the DBLDP on 08/31/2014. Hazy golden color with a medium bone white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, grapefruit and malt. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, citrus and malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a citrusy hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
Buongiorgio00 (779) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Più che ottima ipa dall’aroma intenso di agrumi e un gusto esplosivo, fruttato e amaro che riempie la bocca e strega i sensi.
mathieuc (1391) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Pours a lightly hazy golden with a small white rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of fruited, resiny, artificial hops. Taste is pretty highly bitter, features perfumey fruity hops. It is bitter for the sake of bitterness and feels like hop extract overall. It feels pretty much like 7%, pretty rough. Body is medium, carbonation too. Overall this was a bit harsh and artificial, not something I would seek again.
osu97gp (657) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear pale orange with a large white head. Aroma of huge grapefruit hops and fruit. Flavor of floral hops with caramel malts.