greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Sucks to start of Friday evening with a negative post and dissapointing IPA. Aroma lacks any nose an IPA should have. Smells somewhat piney, on the verge of pure funkiness. Flavor is similiar. Mainly caramel malts and lacking on hop bite or flavor. Nothing to brag about on the finish either. Not a good representation of an IPA. Maybe I purchased a bad bottle??
ARH (830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap poured into a 4 oz sampler glass. Pine and grapefruit aromas stand out on this one with a subtle lime and even fainter caramel note. The clear, gold body is topped by a soapy white head that leaves an abundant web-like lacing. Moderate bitterness is supported by a light sweet and a touch of sourness. It’s a medium-full bodied beer with average carbonation. It starts with a sweet lemon citrus note and finishes with a clean and dry pine, citrus, and roasted malt character. There seems to be a trace of tobacco in there too, but I couldn’t pinpoint it. The aftertaste is a mellow grapefruit astringency.
beer-yum (819) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alluring aroma with golden colour. Is be an excellent example of the Southern California take on the hop forward American IPA.
GuideDogSaint (809) - Xiamen, CHINA - OCT 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is resinous pine, not sure there’s any citrus. Bitter finish. OK but too much pine for me.
J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-orange in color with a white foamy head and a noticable but not overpowering hop aroma. Good bitter, citrusy hop presence balanced by a smooth malty body. Definitely an IPA but not an overpowering one by any means. Good food-friendly IPA from a great brewery!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at airport. Bright orange with thick lasting white head. Nose is grassy and pine resin hips with some malt sweetness. Flavor is bread malts up front with modest hop bitterness and low pine hop flavor, finishes dry and bitter. Medium body and carbonation, slick texture. A very standard west coast IPA with decent bitterness but underwhelming hop flavors, still quite drinkable in a pinch!
Nik925 (773) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid IPA, but lots of issues. The malt is very weak in both flavor, color and texture. It tastes like they were trying to be really cheap with the hops. Overly bitter, very light on hop aroma or flavor. I guess they are trying to do the opposite of the SoCal hop-bomb? KS gets old school credit, but when he is playing with Pizza Port and Stone, he gets left behind.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Long Beach Airport. Bitterness throughout turning harsh towards the end. A thick malty background that is a bit overpowering and funky.
mrmartin (741) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear copper pour with small off-white head. moderate carbonation
nose is piney and toasty malt
medium mouthfeel, toasty malt + citrus notes,
lingering grapefruit finish.
not the greatest, leaves a grapefruit rind in my mouth.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle received from thome50. Fairly clear amber, orange color with a large white head. Aroma has a hint of citrus and floral notes, with caramel also being present. Taste floral and slightly soapy. Caramel comes up mid palate and leads to a minutely bitter finish. Loads of lacing left on my glass. This really could have been much worse, and if it had a bit more hop presence could have been pretty good.