WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a very effervescent coppery amber with a good off white head. Aroma is light and sweet, with scents of citrusy hops, yeast, grain, and floral notes. Taste is fairly full and creamy, with a strong hoppy character (not a terribly bitter one, either) balanced out by additional hints of malt, dark fruit, and grains. A nice IPA -- good and hoppy, but balanced enough that it’s not mouth-puckeringly so.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at flying sauce in ft worth. Big hoppy aroma.. nice amber appearance, very smooth and well balanced for all its hoppiness
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Circa 5/9/08. A very bitter rendition of a style that probably would have mellowed a bit after 5 months on a boat crossing the equator twice. Bright beautiful light copper color, huge aroma, huge bitterness, and enough balance to make it a pleasure to drink.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl. oz. bottle at my small outdoor tasting together with Kjetil B., Roger and Asgeir. Hazy copper color, moderate white head. Aroma is hops. Flavor is very balanced with nice hops and fruit.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deep copper with orange and ruby highlights and a medium-thick, light tan head. The aroma is hoppy - thick with spice and pine. The flavor follows the aroma - LOTS of hop flavor. There is a distinct spiciness and funkiness from the hops, along with the usual citrus and evergreen (Simcoe hops I bet). The malt backbone is quite nice, too - there is a nice residual sweetness, almost candy-like, but not too much. There is a little fruit in and lots of bitterness by mid-palate. The bready and sugary malts stand up to the hoppy, bitter bite though. The finish is dry and quite bitter with a very subtle sweetness and lots more pine with a smaller dose of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is rich and medium-full in body with a nice, sudsy texture that indicates a perfect level of carbonation. Overall, this beer could have been absolutely phenomenal - the hop and malt balance is perfect and the aroma is great, but the flavor has a little too much funk (from too much "catty" hops - like Simcoe). It’s still good, though.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
High hoppiness and citrus abound. Mildly spicy as well. About what I expected, though slightly more bitter and a little less enjoyable than expected too. Acceptable, drinkable, but nothing to go crazy about.
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good...hops are there, tastes piney maybe a touch resiney. nice coppery color. drinkable not exceptional
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, dark copper pour. Hoppy, floral, and fruity aroma. Taste was similiar. Can’t remember too much about this brew only that it was not exceptional or terrible. A little too bready and yeasty for an IPA. Drinkable, but nothing special.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange color with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is slightly peachy with a bit of grapefruit. Not incredibly bitter but still plenty hoppy. Fruity. Peach and Grapefruit. Creamy mouthfeel. Good. Easy as shit to drink.
CaptAnkeny (15) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the "Hops On Equinox" in Seattle ’06 and in bottles in Portland, OR and Oakland, CA.
Best on tap, and one of the best brews/IPA’s available @ HOE in Seattle. In the end, I kept going back for more. Very HOPPY, fruity, aromatic, kicky, etc. In bottles, however, it dropped a notch, but that’s expected. Overall, a very satisfying IPA. Oregon-worthy beer, brewed in or near Petaluma, CA.