mcinotti (1) - - AUG 9, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great aroma of grapefruit and citrusy hops. Taste is a beautiful balance between sweet base and spicy grapefruit hops. Great west coast flavor from a local nj beer.
graymoment (2) - - OCT 5, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had on draft at The Office Beer Bar & Grill in Summit, NJ.
Aroma: tropical fruit aromas everywhere. Not the classic C hop tropical fruit (although theyíre in the background). Mostly mango, passion fruit, peach, orange and pineapple.
Appearance: Very light color (low crystal malt, if any was used at all) and just a tinge of cloudy haziness.
Taste: more of the tropical fruit goodness that was experienced in the aroma. Bitterness is there, but quite subdued. I would imagine this had mostly late addition and hopback hop additions prior to fermentation.
Palate: clean, crisp, dry and light bodied with moderate carbonation that coats the tongue.
Overall: I would say this is one of the top 3 IPAs Iíve every had (including everything at Russian River and Alpine). I had never even heard of this brewery, and Iím glad I stumbled across them. I sampled 3 other beers by them on the same day, and all were good. This was the best, however. They had a version of this that was double dry-hopped with Galaxy. Sounds ridiculously awesome right? This version was better to me. It had more tropical aroma. Not that the other version wasnít fantastic, but this beer was off the charts kind of good.
Damico (1914) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clearer golden with a big creamy white head. Aroma is so delicious bringing sweet citrus big and juicy to the nose. Flavor is the same, big juicy citrus and zesty hops that never seem to bite. It is big and smooth, so nice as a single IPA.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewery, have had this in a growler before.
A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head.
S: Very strong citrus notes (mango is most noticeable) with some hoppiness on the tail end.
T: The citrus notes are more pervasive in the taste, specifically orange, mango, and peach. The centennial hops play a role here as well, with very little bitterness and residual sweetness on the finish.
M: This beer is well carbonated, medium bodied, and refreshing.
O: A great take on the style. It isnít over the top with the bitterness, but the aroma and flavor are out of this world. It reminds me a lot of CC Jai Alai, my favorite IPA.
PhillyCraft (1964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 On tap at Mexican Food Factory w annie, hazy glowing orange pour. Medium sized off white head. Very lasting with nice lacing rings. Aromas and taste of bitter juicy hops, lots of resin, grapefruit, wood, orange, pine. Sticky mouthfeel, medium body. Best hoppy beer made in NJ. Boat beer from Carton is a close second for me but this thing is so sessionable and juiced out. Hopheads best be searching this out.
eelbasher (105) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ The Spot. Pours a lighter amber with a pillow of a white head. Smack in the face with dank pine and citrus hops....im talking Macho Man Randy Savage(RIP) snap* into a slimjim style hops. The flavor is packed full with much of the same piney/resiny hops, caramel malts, and a finish that lasts for days. Insanely drinkable dispite the abv.....and thank you Kane for being so close to me! Outstanding and maybe one day this will be bottled for the lucky folk outside of NJ
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Surf Taco in Jackson NJ a few weeks ago. I was floored by this beer. Nice piney citrus aroma with a small white head. Thought this was just going to be a high gravity bitter bomb but the taste was very well balanced. Very resinous and crisp from the dry hops with a touch of malt to give it a little back bone. Very sessionable, i had about 4 or 5 pints and could have had another but i digress. Cant wait to experience this brewery blossom into something awesome within the next few years.
ericyyz (18) - three bridges, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very pleased to see such a great ipa produced in my state. on draft at somerset hills hotel. copper color with minimal head. aroma is intensely citrus hops. taste is extremely bitter and resiny, with a long bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of smuttynose ipa. a great ipa and great surprise.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap-pours a tight off white head and yellow/gold color. Aroma is lemon/pine. Taste is sweet lemon/pine hops with some bite, some light malt. Semi-dry finish.
Jesterdeal (1042) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fantastic with brilliant grapefruit juice, orange zest, apricot and papaya. Just the tiniest hint of skunky weed. Pours bright orange (the bartender didnít provide a head but I imagine it would be nice). Taste is big and bitter with grapefruit zest, lemongrass, lemon zest and Turkish delight. Legit!