tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle in San Diego. Pours a beautiful orange with solid 1/2 inch rocky off-white head. It collapses into a persistent film that hangs around throughout. Aroma is typical of a mainstream "hoppy" IPA with its somewhat citrus + pine resin hoppiness along with wafts of sweet caramel malt base. Taste is pretty similar with that mainstream bitterness-offsets-sweet-malt nature. Nothing special although it’s a lot better than many others I’ve tasted; still, it falls well short of what it could be. It would be so much better if it had more of a prominent citrus aroma, but I’m left wanting. This bottle has a unique metallic flavor that’s rather unpleasant in the final aftertaste. Not a bad example but there are many other west coast examples that I’d rather go for.
Ratman197 (13072) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of crackers, floral notes orange zest, light grapefruit and light pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp., Flavors of biscuit, floral notes, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine with a crisp lingering bitter finish.
Jado (766) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one-finger white head. Pine resin and flowers on the nose. The taste is dominated by hops as you might expect. Good malt backbone underlies pine and citrus flavours. Assertive bitterness typical of the style is present but doesn’t overwhelm. Dry finish but a slightly sweet fruity aftertaste lingers. Fine example of a West Coast IPA.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) amber with white head. Floral hops aroma. Flavor is floral and citrus hops reasonably balanced with caramel malt backbone.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 7%. Clear golden amber pour with a lasting foamy white head. Nose has notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, lime and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation and a big bitter finish that lingers. Taste is very piney, with the fruit notes much more subdued and a solid malt profile that has hints of nuts, wood and caramel. Overall a fairly decent IPA, a little unexciting, bland even, but still quite drinkable.
anders37 (22676) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma with weak hints of grapefruit. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor. has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit finish.
KeefOz (1510) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a translucent golden amber colour with a near-one-finger head of white bubbles that diminished quickly and left OK lacing. Moderate carbonation. Bitter hops on aroma. Taste of bitter hops hits first up and lasts to finish. Medium body. 7% ABV. Short strong bitter finish.
bytemesis (6568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear light amber with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is pine and orange-grapefruit. Flavor is citrus grapefruit with pine notes and a light malt body. Finish is crisp and light bitter.
fletchfighters (1399) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a dark gold color. Half finger of off white head. Shows just a bit of carbonation.
S-- Somewhat muted grapefruit smell. Quite soft. Good carmel backbone, as it warms up the grapefruit does open up more.
T-- Good grapefruit bite to this. Some pine and carmel as well.
M-- Medium carbonation and medium body. Decent sized grapefruit finish to this. More pine in the front of the palate. A little acidic going down. Creamy and lively, with a little prickly added in.
D-- Gets bigger as it warms up. Not a bad IPA at all. Could have a couple easily. Not one of the elites out there but very workable and can not complain.
Finhead (1600) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with a white head. The nose is pine with some mild citrus. The body is medium and a little sticky with average carbonation. It has a bitter taste with a mildly dry finish.