Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oh, Lagunitas... what were you thinking? We already have Sierra Nevada. There was no need to create another one, unless your goal was to sucker me into buying a 6 pack, in which case, good job. Too bad I can’t give you a 5 for that. Average. Nothing special. I generally dig their beers, but this one didn’t catch me. I drank 2 and gave Naven the other 4. Took him a month to finish those. See? It’s not just me. Seriously.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Morgan’s. Drank on 5/14/2006. Very clear light copper. Fairly thick 1 cm. rocky off-white head. Decent lacing, nice layer of foam. Aroma - not terribly strong. Piney hops, little bit of sweet malt, a little citrus. Flavor - pretty well balanced with a nice crisp, almost dry finish. Not a strong flavor of either hops or malts, but nice amt. of bitterness on the tongue and in the swallow. Palate - light to medium. Little on the light side for an IPA. Overall - an OK IPA. not a ton of in your face hops. Not a ton of body, but it does taste good and is pretty easily drinkable. Definitely doesn’t live up to the hype on the bottle "raging hop character.... imperial malt quality... mortal combat".
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange with nice lacing. Aroma is strongly grapefruity, wafting out of the glass. Taste starts off with a smooth hazlenut kick and quickly fades into strong hoppiness, lots of pine-sol and soapiness, finishing slightly malty again.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Julios Spring Beer Festival. Aroma of distinctly Cascade hops (a trend I would continue to find at this festival). Pour of lightly hazed golden amber. Flavor follows with a swift kick of West Coast hopy fury, but reigned back and fairly balanced. The palate is a little thin for me, but smacks nicely of cranberries. Solid.
reebtogi (4608) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A light amber ale with a good foamy head that lasts a little while. Very bitter tasting with a bit of malt. A very average beer in my opinion.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe blonde claire aux reflets orangés surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes d’agrumes. Saveurs de malt caramélisé, d’agrumes et de houblon aromatique.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear, very bubbly, orange-amber with an average size lasting foamy off-white head. Decent lacing too, this is a good-looking IPA. Nice mild citrus hop aroma, a little bready and also some roasted malt.
Flavour of sweet malt, a little bready, with some citrus and pine hops and a long dry bitter finish. Medium bodied. Doesn’t knock my socks off but it’s an enjoyable version of the style.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle. Poured clear light amber with a decent lasting tight foamy straw-coloured head. Nice fresh citrus juicy hop aroma (orange and sweet grapefruit, some pineapple and apricot) with decent light roast malt - not overwhelming, but very pleasant. Pretty standard IPA taste, a bit soapy, the hops are quite muted though - has a softly bitter finish. This is pretty average all round on the palate - moderately carbonated, moderately astringent, relatively quick finishing with a bit of a orange peel aftertaste. Not bad, there are many ahead of it from Cali.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange color. Smell of grapefruit, pine and hops. Tastes like a sour grapefruit mixed with pine, rye and very bitter. My kind of a IPA.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from cafe st. ex. good balanced bitterness, but too full-bodied. the malts are quite present and the finish isn’t as clean as i like. also seemed to be a bit oxidized, possibly just old since it’s probably not that popular a beer at st. ex. age might’ve also dulled the age on the hops.