BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap – Blooms & Brews, Silverton Oregon]
(Oregon Craft Brewfest at The Oregon Garden)
Poured deep copper color with a frothy, creamy white head. Aroma was like a pine tree. Flavor was also piney with grapefruit. The hop flavors were very present in the brew. Slight bitterness comes through in the end. Medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. Very well balanced. This is a nice IPA.
MrBunn (2574) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good aromas of pine, grapefruit and grass over a copperish body with a bunch of floaties. The only criticism I can come up with is that the malt is pretty light in this beer and there is a little bit of a weak spot as the palate develops. Other than that, this is a finely crafted IPA with a nice balance.
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange colour with a lasting head. Distinct IPA hoppy aroma with some grassiness. Sweet malty taste, but a little unbalanced with the bitterness. Overall a pretty decent IPA.
Sregnar35 (1023) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too bad. Pours orange with a quick dissapating white head, and very minimal lacing. Aroma is bitter hops, piney. Flavor is more malty than I expected, but with a good amount of piney bitter hops in the finish to last, pretty nice.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottle: Hadn’t had this in a while and tried it tonight -- Pours a nice amber color, although the head was rather small and barely any lacing. I expected to get a huge hop taste, instead I got a mild, somewhat malty flavor. I gotta say, this beer is nothing special. It tasted like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to me. I dont really know why they call this an IPA. Lagunitas has an odd way of classifying their beers. The Maximus is described as an "Imperial ale" yet, it seems like an IPA, while the IPA seems like a pale ale. Not worth the price.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap @ Fat Heads, Pgh, PA
Poured deep copper with a frothy, creamy white head. Aroma was piney. Flavor was piney with grapefruit, orange and caramel notes. The hop flavors were very present, although mellow and now reading that there are 43 different ones in there that’s impressive. Slight bitterness comes through in the end. Medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. Very well balanced. This is a nice IPA.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours nice golden orange color with a medium white head. Initial aroma that hits me is of pine hops. Upon closer inspection I get some grapefruit as well. Taste is sweet and not as hoppy as I would’ve thought, somewhat flowery and grapefruity. The hops seem a little muted from some candy like sweetness. The finish has a little malt and a little bitterness.
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A hazy copper pour with lots of little floaties and a smallish light-tan head that leaves rings of lace. Typical IPA aroma profile with lots of oranges and some grapefruits. Quite floral. Medium body. A good bit of sweet caramel and cream upfront keep this from being overly one-sided. Pretty well-balanced actually. A drying, bitter finish that lingers. Pretty standard IPA.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 From bottle. Hearty orange amber pour with an even, medium off-white head. Cleansing fresh aroma of grapfruit citrus and orchid blossoms, all balanced by a semi-sweet brown sugar and prune maltiness. Smooth, slightly creamy texture that slides across the tongue delicately, rather than pierce it brutally with its hoppy talons. The hops take hold of the palate at first, allowing a soft white grapefruit to scrub the tongue clean. From there, this brew’s softer side takes over, allowing some flavors of wheat toast and raisin to enter the picture. Final smack of delicate grapefruit rind.
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle: Quite good. Almost exactly what I would describe an IPA as. Not that it was outstanding or amazing, just a perfect model for what I expect and imagine when I hear the word IPA. That knocks my overall score a little higher, but so what. And to read 43 hops and 65 malts is impressive!