cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at varga bar. Solid gold pour with nice white head. Amazing orange and grapefruit with a vanilla perfume underrtone. Vanilla carries into a mild sweetness then a very sharp bitterness. Almost tastes like a double and the lcohol is hidden well. Solid IPA.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to OSCF for sharing this with the Carolina Crew. A nice gold pour with an appealing, sticky looking head. Lots of malt present in the nose, along with clean citrus aromas. The body was moderate. I found that the flavor, however, was a bit of a disappointment, with blandly chewy malts seeming to obscure the hop-liciousness.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a golden amber with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is pine hops, citrus hops, with a bit of citrus and other tropical fruit thrown in. Taste is more subtle, with floral and citrus notes in the beginning and a strong (but not distracting) hop bitterness at the end. Surprisingly balanced, and very enjoyable.
emacgee (4272) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks oldstylecubsfan. Pours a translucent pale gold with a one finger offwhite head. The nose is very pungent and hoppy, citrusy, mango, grapefruit rind. Flavor is less pronounced and delicate, has a citrus rind bitterness, sweet, lacks carbonation.
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Interesting smell, pouring a fairly clear yellow orange. Lots of floral hops in the nose, with a bit of citrus thrown in. Flavor is interesting as well. Brutal blistering on the tongue from the hops. Very solid IPA.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Bobbique: This is a very well balanced brew. Pours cloudy amber with thin white head. Fruity citrus in the nose. You just smell the hops trying to burst out of there. You can taste the citrus, floral character as well, and of course finishes with a great hoppy punch. Mouthfeel is acceptably oily and light body. One of my preferred IPAs, I think.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via <ys Swap 4.0 (thanks j12601 and lilbeerdoctor!). Pours a semi-hazy amber with a large chunky off white head. Nose is floral and some fruity esters. Taste is lots of carmel, tea (crystal malts), and some fruity/floral hoppiness. This IPA is balanced a bit toward the malts side, but the hops that come through are actually quite nice. I think this is not real fresh as it has a best by date of October and this is almost September. Body is medium, carbonation is medium as well. A very easy drinking above average IPA, abv well hidden at 8%, i had no idea. THis should be listed in the Double IPA category though.
thirdeye11 (5711) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to zdk9) Pours a clear dark yellow with nice oily bubbles but no head and great lacing. Nose of chlorine, bright citrusy hops, spicy and honey. Taste is lightly bitter hops, oily body, sweet malts and quite nicely balanced. Enjoyable, but hard to get past the chlorine nose. Did they filter this city water??
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to zdk9 from ba. amber with a white head. nose is bright, citrusy hops tagged with great esters. very nice on the palate with a slight bitter, citrusy hop flavor. very smooth finish to boot.
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blue Tusk. Standard amber pour....white head. Very acceptable citrusy hop nose......equally adequate hop and malt backing. Proper bitterness throughout...all the way to the finish. Not outstanding but quite good.