SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a firm layer of head on top which eventually flat lined and formed a few patches of foam while the liquid was a deep honey gold. The aroma is thick with the scent of hop pellets and pine, but a smell of sweet bread like malt lurks in the background. I have to say I don’t particularly care for the aroma of this IPA and find it to be unbalanced. The same can be said about the flavor with a heavy taste of hop pellets while sweet malts take on a bigger roll, but the drink still comes across as amateur and having a home brew recipe feel to it. This is just more tame version of their Hoptologist recipe except the alcohol is more apparent in this one almost to the point it burns.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big resiny hops with citrus notes and pale malts. The taste is bitter citrus, resin hops and pale malts. Medium-full bodied.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Yellow color with a white head. A malty hop filled aroma with a simple and straightforward flavor and finish. A solid single for an IPA and well worth drinking.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #11. The label doesn’t say hopstar, but the description and abv are the same as the ratebeer description, so I’m going with it. Dark amber/orange pour with a dusty white head, the beer is very clear as well. Light pine with a good amount of citrus and a bit of sweet tropical fruit, pretty nice. Nice bit of bitterness upfront that was followed by some tropical sweetness and then a pretty big bitter aftertaste. Good stuff. (1970)
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my first from this brewery hand delivered from my daughter. Pours an amber with a small creamy head. The aroma is mostly pine and citrus with a little bit of caramel and bread. The flavor has a bit of sweetness up front but is dominated by the hops. A nice balance with a very crisp dry finish. I’ll be looking forward to my next one.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased in Las Vegas. Tasty IPA. Rusty hue with a nice head. Malts were nutty and wholesome with a balanced amount of sweetness (light caramel and sweet bread dough). Hops were floral, grassy and somewhat pine-like. Balanced bitterness. Pleasant and enjoyable IPA.
badlizard (5520) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange with a creamy white head. Sweet caramel honey and hops up front in the aroma and taste with a cereal grain bitterness on the back end.
prettyham (27) - California, USA - APR 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great hop flavor and aroma. Bitterness is very balanced. Nice white head that laces the glass well. One of my favorites. Does not kill my palate like most IPA’s
bhensonb (9814) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento. Label has 8% ABV. Pours a beautiful copper with a creamy beige head. This is one hoppy aroma. Starts floral/citrus then pow, it’s pine. Med+ body. It’s really fresh tasting. I swear a bit of pineapple went by. Floral/fruit/pine and a lightly roast malt backbone. Finishes bitter fer sure. Really good stuff.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at Brew’s best. I believe it was this version. This smells as great as the Ryedenitity Crisis smelled bad. This is actually great. Lots of hops, very tasty, a great balance of fresh floral hops, citrus and bitterness. Hard to believe how the two beers at the festival were so far apart in the tastiness spectrum.