Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grapevin Mkt. $4.59 22oz. Yum yum gushing flavors and abundant cascades bring to the front of the nose all that is west-coast wonderful. Caramel and tangerines and medium bodied barley satisfy my five mile thirst. A bargain Iíll seek out again.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber in color with a creamy off-white head and lacing. notable aromas of citrus and resiny pine. taste was a moderate sweetness with a long, bitter finish. medium to full-bodied. Good drinkability.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep red-orange with some pink highlights. Small, diminishing cream-colored head.
The aroma is promising with lots of fir-tree hops and a fair amount of balancing caramel maltiness. The nose also picks up definite orange presence and suggestions of a perfume that I might as well call papaya.
The flavor profile is uncomplicated: bitter. Thereís a little acidity, some halfhearted attempt at balancing sweetness, but not much. Just bitter. And some alcohol. I think the palateís a bit on the thin side and thereís definitely some metallic tinge to the finish, which is fine.
Iíve had a lot of this style lately and this one doesnít hold muster. Seems nice up front, but doesnít back it up in the mouth.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 This is a good IPA..... Right up there with Lost Coast and LaConner in IPAís from breweries whose name starts with the letter L......
Clear yellow gold color like Apple cider.
Aroma of soap, cut grass, white wine and apples.
Dry and medium astringent like white wine. Warming mouth that seems to melt away.....Very Nice palate.
Flavor fruity up front, then strong piney citrus hops balanced nicely by malt. finshes with pancakes + Jam.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of lots of hops, of the Cascade variety. Pours a ligher shade of amber than I would have expected - filtered and see-thru. The head on this sucka is Maximus. Tastes like a good IPA should. You get that local brew pub hoppiness in this widly distributed brew. Nice. The taste left on the palate is plesent and dosenít annoy. Thank God this is an UNLIMITED release!
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours nice with a big long lasting frothy head that smells like complex hops and a hint of floral and fruit notes. It has a nice deep flavor with interesting cascade type hop finish. Seeing this was a íMaximusí IPA I was assuming it would surpass the hoppyness of their regular IPA... but it didnít. It seems to have more balance and more maltyness.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rich amber color and long lasting head. A little piney on the tongue and quite hoppy on the aroma but certainly not as bitter as one would expect from an IIPA
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. frothy, tawny head that laced nicely. really good color and appearance, more orange than anything else. Very hoppy, with molassess/horseblancket taste that gradually transformed to a slightly too medicinal sourness. Over all a great and complex beer.
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mild for a double IPA. very well balanced hop / malt profile. considerable hop profile but still reasonable easy drinkable. very nice.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Nice orange smell, but very faint. Thin to no head. Copper color and clear. Very flowery flavor with plenty of hoppy bite. It falls down on palate: for one thing its a bit sticky, like even noticeably on your lips; another problem is a weird lavender-like smoothness that is not pleasant. Iíve noticed the latter charachteristic in a few brews (Redhook Long Hammer comes to mind as does Deschutes Inversion). I donít understand the cause (or if itís by design). Maybe Iím not describing it correctly; certainly a smooth feeling can be pleasant but this type of smooth is lavenderish and fuzzy. (For pleasant smooth, see Stone Ruination)