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 goin’ 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, there’s some nice bitterness in the finish, but the real focus seems to be on the malt. Meh, call it a Pale Ale and I’m sold on it, put huge IPA on the label and dammit man you gotta try harder.
LinusStick (2992) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice IPA from those who know hops. Their special releases are a bit better than this, but this is a good IPA. Aroma of grassy hops with a bit of sticky malt. Pour was a nice dark orange with a one finger white head. Taste was mostly grassy and earthy hops with a nice malt backbone. The malt balanced the beer out perfectly which I actually don’t like as much as the overly hoppy IPAs. Nice.
bigbish (596) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a redish gold color with a thin head. Not overly carbonated. The aroma is thin, barely detectable. The flavor is slightly sweet, with a well balanced hop bitterness. It doesn’t try to overpower you with hops, just a good bitter flavor that is clean.
Overall a decent brew
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Hazy reddish orange appearance with low white foam. Hoppy aroma of orange-peels, grass and nectarines. dryish flavour of nectarines grass and grapefuit. with a solid citric bitterness.
SierraPaleAle (22) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a light golden color with a light dissipating head that left some lacing clinging to the glass. Great hops flavor. great IPA. Smooth drinking with a delicous bitterness at the finish. Very drinkable.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: September 14, 2007
Source: Neighborhood Happy Hour
Appearance: orange with a beige head
Aroma: lots of citrus hop aroma on a sweet caramel malt base
Flavor: rich sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of balancing citrus hops, light bitterness
Date: November 11, 2010
Words: tmac woodstock
Appearance: clear copper, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of citrus hops for that west coast IPA signature
Flavor: sweet crystal flavor, nice citrus plays off the crystal, light bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
mmmbeer (1309) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 12 oz bottle- poured burnt orange color, head formed and went away slowly. Hoppy aroma with hints of fruit. Hits the palate with a small body, strong hop overtone, hop finish. I’m not a big fan of IPA’s, but I wouldn’t turn this down if offered, nice.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle: Pours a copper orange color. Lightly malty and citrusy aroma. Flavor is somewhat malty with floral hops and citrus fruit rind flavors. Moderate clean bitterness. Clean and crisp finish. Balanced and very drinkable but nothing stands out about it.