Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: Lots of caramel in the aroma with some citrus hops, light mango, and faint pineapple. It pours slightly hazy amber with a small white head that leaves behind spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a light watery caramel fruitiness. Almost all the flavor comes in the finish with an increased caramel presence and a moderate dose of grapefruit hoppiness. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and light carbonation.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a clear copper color with a one finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is herbal hops and bready malt. Flavor is pine, fruity esters, and light toasted malt. Medium body. No lingering aftertaste. A good beer. Thanks Richard.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty one dimensional in the aroma with a decently frothy head. Pine is the highlight here with a bit of catiness thrown in for good measure. Not a fan of this flavour combo. However, there is a nice mouthfeel and body to be found. A bit of toasted caramel in here, but not enough malt backbone to hold up to the bitterness of the hops on the finish.
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Kan for the bomber! Poured slightly hazy medium orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up strained caramel supporting citrus (orange and grapefruit), pine, and grassy hoppage.. on the succulent side with a bit of bite to it. The flavor had caramel and sweeter, juicy citrus fruits (primarily grapefruit) supporting more citrus and some pine bitterness.. resiny citrus bitterness and some alcohol warmth on the finish.. rather well-balanced. Full on the palate with ideal higher carbonation.. tangy, resiny finish was refreshing. Very good stuff!
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 From IrishBoy via trade. Thank you Richard! The pour was a turbid brown with lighter gold and orange highlights sitting just beneath a two-finger tall off-white head. Good, sticky, web-like lacing. The aroma was of a fairly standard California IPA, sugary malts that are quickly trampled by citrus and pine hops. Manages to find a bit of balance. The flavor is a bit more out of whack, with the citrusy hops dominating a front end of light caramel and a finish of floral and pine. The mouthfeel was above average. I think I’m developing a soft spot for these California IPA’s.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December NorCal tasting - Kern River Brewing? Never heard of ’em. It’s a decent beer though. An aroma of citrus and pine but there’s a little more than that. I also got a good dose of passion fruit and other tropical fruits. Appearance was a typical solid hazy amber color. Mouthfeel was on the mineral water side, a bit like drinking Alka Seltzer. The flavor was like chewing on hop pellets soaked in Kern’s passion fruit nectar. Not bad though.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper-orange color with a thin off-white head that makes a nice thick creamy head if roused. Nice minty grapefruity nose with light pepper component. Citric flavor with light malts below and moderate hop finish. Not nearly as aggressive as it smells, but well done overall.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from IrishboyThanks!
Pours a decent but average orange with a nice head of white. Nice aroma of straw-infused pine with hints of grapefruit and apricot. Flavor is very malty, with a nice infusion of grapefruit to balance out the cereal. Average mouthfeel. Great "Light" IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of jayg. Pours a deep clear gold with copper core and off white head. The aroma has a nice pine hop character followed by some malt sweetness. The taste has a decent load of pine hop bitterness. I also get a mild maltiness hidden under there somewhere. The taste is mostly pine hop bitterness though. It ends pretty darn thin.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Orange yellow pour with an off-white head. Straight pine with some pale malt and light grapefruit. Flavor is bright, fresh citrus and pine hops with a small malt backbone. Medium body bright/bitter with a bitter finish.