frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a honey-golden/amber, moderately effervescent, under a thick, off-white head which holds long and spackle my glass with lace. Floral, piney hops coat the nose along with a suggestion of lemongrass above just a hint of dishwater. A bit bland and mineralish at first, but hops crawl out as it warms (not to the point where I can distinguish one from another of the "43 different" mentioned above, but overall piney, grapefruity and grassy with a touch of pepper to linger.) Not overdone and fairly sessionable. And I am not one to session IPAs.
BTW, glancing 5 ratings below... any low ratings for any beer can be understood by simply reading the ratings!
<font size=-4>Received as a Christmas gift, December, 2007.</font>
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but not great. Iíd say it is average. Slight spiciness over a floral taste. Medium head with an amber color
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz from Argonaut in Denver. Pour is a golden - ruby with an off white head. Quite a bit of soft carbonation. Aroma of some pine and resin hops. Taste is nice, good bitterness throughout, and a distinctive citrus sour thing going on in the finish. Nice IPA.
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy gold with little head. malts and oak dominate the nose. Taste is similar with a bit of flowery hops. A bit too sweet. Finishes a bit syrupy. This bottle is obviously over the hill for the hops to stand out.
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep gold color, small barely off white head dissolves quickly. Smells like crystal malts, some stone fruit, slightly sweet, fruity, hop bitterness is somewhat sharp and lasts for a moment after swallowing. A liitle citrus pith on the finish.
RandyStoner (1) - Victorville, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít understand the low ratings for this beer. It is my favorite beer period. Assertive hops taste, but still balanced withthe malt. The low ratings may be the result of what seemed to be bad bottles several years ago. I just wish it was available in the part of SoCal where I live.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Medium amber pour with a nice, creamy white head. You could mistake this for a cask or nitro beer if you didnít know better just by looking at the head. Excellent retention and some lacing. Nose is all hops, big grapefruit hops, with a ton of pine there as well. Donít really get much malt backing on the nose. You donít get much in the taste either, except for a faint sweetness. This is a pretty straightforward IPA, tons of citrus and pine. If you like that, this is your beer. Medium bodied, very slick and resinous mouthfeel. Finish is super long, lingering pine, grapefruit and grass. Excellent.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 This beer pours nicely out of the bottle a golden straw color. IT has a good amount of bubbles in it. The aroma is good, and smells like the hop flower. Its got that great IPA bitter taste and finishes smooth, literally.
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you are a hop guy like me, this is an awesome beer. I like it a lot more than the dogtown pale. The initial taste is sweet and the bang of hops is nearly instant and will stick to your mouth for a long time. The head on the beer is decent and stays, although a little thin, throughout. I need to try this one back to back with Sierra Nevada and see which one I like better, I think I like this better. I have to say, to be fair, that iím only an hour from the brewery so Iím sure Iím getting a fresh batch everytime. Iím waiting for a beer that tastes this good to compete with the MBC. The labels these guys make are classic. One of the best beers around and on tap all over the bay area.
shackinetics (132) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Pours golden amber, medium off-white head, with decent lacing. Sharp Hoppy aroma, packed with an intensely sharp & bitter (almost acidic) taste. Kind of a watery palate. Great beer, but not balanced enough (too bitter) to be excellent.