fletchfighters (1407) - 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.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I got this in a trade thanks to Metallitone1, appreciate it! Orange color with good head and lacing. It smells a little citrusy but nothing overwhelming in the hops department. The flavor has a decent bitterness and a citrus hop flavor but it all felt overshadowed by a strange "old" malt flavor that I could not get past. I was glad for the opportunity and would live to try this fresh on tap but this bottle was nothing to write home about.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2011 17:36:35
Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 355ml bottle on 17/6/2012. Pours a clear dark golden with a big head. Has quite a big piny hop aroma, against a background of brown sugar and fruit. This is a very hop forward brew, with a huge pint, grapefruity bitterness dominating, but there’s also a decent whack of caramel malt and sweet orange. It could be a shade more balanced but this is still a very solid, big, high quality IPA. I’m surprised it doesn’t rate a bit higher on here.
ACHops (1362) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ airport in San Diego. Pours dark golden with thick head. Aroma is strong pine hops. Taste is big, bitter piney hops. Solid caramel malt body. Once the bitterness fades there are some nice faint floral and citrus hop flavors. Overall a little out of balance. The Tower 20 DIPA is not nearly as bitter and actually more balanced.
beer-yum (1335) - 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.
Pyobon (1300) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Clear copper with slight white head. Subtle but nice floral hop aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Flavour starts with caramel smoothly moving to a decent bitter finish. Nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with nice floral notes. The hops dominate on the mouthfeel with a nice deep sense of the bitterness and a long finish.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A light IPA. Fresh cut barnyard hay. Could grow on you. More like a slightly bitter red ale. Nothing like what I consider an IPA. Has an appealing grainy flavor.
sthlm (1281) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[On-tap] Pours decent amber color with a small lingering off-white head. Taste isn’t too bad. Nice fruitiness up front—grapefruit and tangerine with a little alcohol, some faint carraway, and then dominant malt that carries through to the end. Too malt driven for my liking, but not bad.
Aroma is pretty good, although really not much that is really interesting worth noting about it. Just citrusy hops with some grassiness mixed in, a touch of peach and some malt. Pretty good mouthfeel, very smooth, dry finish that is a little short. Overall the mouthfeel is the strength of this beer, but it actually is pretty decent, and very drinkable. If the hop character was jacked up in the taste, and increased a bit in the nose as well, it would be a very solid beer.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 6 pack from Marine Mart at MCAS Miramar: Clear copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel with a little citrus. Flavor starts with a light caramel sweetness followed by some grapefruit and a light, dry orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium body is crisp and refreshing with lively carbonation. .