patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Cloudy amber color, flavor is dominated by pine, with some citrus hops, and some maltiness for balance, one of my favorite IPAs
Radek Kliber (6594) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Green) Bottle 355 ml
Appearance : Clear standard amber , medium creamy top.
Nose : Good clan classic west coast hops . Well planned Ė citric mango like hops with greener backing. Harmonus.
Flavour/Palate : Medium soft bodied that goes well with hop-fruit character. Quiet balanced as IPA can go. Soft malty finish with clean refreshing end. Satisfying brew.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, liquorloft Tallahassee. Iím a big hop fan but i donít know if theres 43 hops in this beer. not complaining, the nose and taste of this beer scream hops. aroma is strong citrus, grapefruit. taste is a strong malt back bone with a heavy hoppping, citrus, pine and floral. fantastic bitter and hop follow up after swallowing. i prefer a bitter bite with my hops so this beer gives me everything i ask for.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 I shall preface: I am not an IPA person or lover of single-minded emphasis on hops (although, ironically, I do really like some IPAs & even Double IPAs); I instead like full-bodied, more malty beers like strong ales, barleywine, etc. Therefore, I am not necessarily a good indicator if this is a good IPA. That said, this is all grapefruit to me & while it is somewhat drinkable, I do not like this much at all. It is fairly pale amber with a good white head and decent lacing. It smells predominantly of grapefruit and little else. The aroma is not misleading: it tastes almost entirely of grapefruit, too. Itís taste at first is not overly bitter or hoppy, giving the briefest impression that it will be more balanced, but this almost instantly becomes all hops. While it is not exceedingly bitter or piney, this beerís entire character, taste, and aroma are of unsweetened grapefruit membrane. For some, I understand, this is great, but for me, I donít think this even tastes like beer.
jezmez68 (403) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured draft from Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY. Orange in color, light head. Smells of sweet hops, but not really overpowering. Just right. Nice, chewy mouthfeel, great IPA flavor. Comparable to Dogfishhead 60-minute IPA. This is an excellent example of the style.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color, thick off-white head. Citrus hop aroma. Flavor of grapefruity piney hops. Nice, very bitter IPA.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm.. says they used 43 different hops and 65 different malts. They really should have stuck with just a good few. Itís not bad, but it has too much going on. Rather dry without much residual sweetness, and light bodied. Not sure why you need 65 malts for that. Grassy bitter hop finish.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper-orange color under a tight and thick off-white head. Decent head retention throughout the glass with a bit of spotty lacing. Nicely balaced, but somewhat faint aromas of caramel and toasted malts with citrus and pine hop contributions. Was a bit disappointed that the nose seemed a bit tame. Palate was smooth, moderately full and had just the right amount of carbonation. Flavor seemed to surprisingly lean to the malty side for a west coast IPA. A bit more assertive and richer than the nose. Pleasant notes of caramel, biscuits, malt-balls, grapefruit, orange peel and pine greet the tongue. Finish is well balanced with a bitter-sweet lingering. Easy goiní down and a pretty decent IPA.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. This was a pleasant surprise. This is what the rest of the lackluster beers I had this evening were aspiring to. Glad I saved this for last. Ever so slightly hazy golden pour with lasting white head. Awesome carbonation that bounces up the side of the glass. Great pine and wintergreen on the nose, moderate in hoppiness which is kind of a relief. The slightest hint of syrup and a notion of cream soda on the lingering finish. I will go back to this one.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, 10/3/07. Slightly hazy amber color, white foam with decent lacing and good retention. Aroma is very confused, very muddled hoppiness and a very strange, almost sourness to it. Flavor is pretty malty, a bit too malty for an IPA, some herbal like hops float around in the background, thereís some nice bitterness in the finish, but the real focus seems to be on the malt. Meh, call it a Pale Ale and Iím sold on it, put huge IPA on the label and dammit man you gotta try harder.