StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that has fair retention. The aroma is fairly mild with some faint pine and citrus. The taste is big on the pine and light on the citrus with a caramel malt backbone. The palate is medium with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry. Overall: Nice DIPA, but not great.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from Bel-Air in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this is milder than I would have expected. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of fruity, mango hop aromas here, but NOTHING close to Simtra. There is also an underlying herbal and pine note. Not too much in the way of malt character. Transparent copper body with a medium creamy-colored head that is fairly rapidly dissipating. Starts with almost a metallic flavor, before this becomes a little sweet and chewy in the middle with hints of toffee. Becomes quite toasted after that. Finishes with some crazy resiny hop flavors and pretty dry, husky, long-lasting bitterness. Crazy hops. Impressed with the brewer’s ability to balance these massive hops with the malts. A decent beer, but I most certainly prefer Simtra.
bhensonb (11079) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours light amber gold with a foamy beige head. Aroma is heavily citrus/pine. A little lightly roasted malt for backbone. Med+ body. Flavor is harsh resin/citrus hop over a hardly noticeable malt. The caramel does come out a bit after the hop seeps away. The hop is heavy NW burn. Likely the hoppiest beer ever out of Sacramento. The bar is raised!
marcus (6501) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours clear orange amber with a thin off-white head and a citrus aroma There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a very bitter dry finish. Not very balanced, but it all goes together pretty well.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap (listed at 11.3%). Pours with a crystal clear yellow hued body with a massive white head that lasts. Smells pretty good. Aromas are of stone fruit, tangerine, floral citrus, light pine and a decent amount of alcohol. Minimum dextrin malt. Flavors are warming, only a very light sticky malt presence. Alcohol, low bitterness, big fruity, citrusy and tropical fruit hop flavors. Medium carbonation and warming.
Apprehensive going into this as I anticipated a big, sticky, sweet mess; very nicely surprised by this one.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kudos to dodgrblu for first to rate... From growler (about 5 days after fill) from the brewery. Aroma and flavor similar to Moylan’s Hopsickle. Lots of hop variety in the nose and mouth. Palate attacks your mouth with bitter, floral, and citrus hop. Ok beer that will mess you up.
oRos (1113) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Bottle from capitol beer. Has a dark yellow slash copper color. Taste is bitter with a nice hop citrus finish with a lot of malt back bone.
cletusdog (1) - Stockton, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was given this the day after first bottling. Pretty great 3xIPA. Really rich, dank hops in this. 11.5% ABV is hidden really well and the malt bill is subtle but present. Really great beer. I’d love to try this side by side with the Simtra and even Pliny the Younger. I don’t think it’s far off from that territory.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light amber with a white head. Fairly sweet in the nose, a bit of caramel, some toffee, moderate pine, and some citrus. Citrus is mostly tangerine with a light grapefruit. Kind of harsh on the palate. Pine, mild grapefruit, and some floral notes. Somewhat abrasive on the bitterness. Not as sweet on the palate as I expected, but some toffee and caramel notes. Just kind of meh.
Dodgrblu (609) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster in the Alleyway on Growler fill night. Minimal head, crisp taste, nice bitterness.