StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bomber from Freddy. Pours a rich translucent copper color with a fair sized white head. The aroma is strong with pine, green hops and ripe citrus (mostly oranges). The flavor is overtly biter with loads of fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, walnuts and baked rye bread. There is also a brief shot of sweet rock candy that gives way to caramel malts. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is medium in duration and dry with lingering grapefruit. Overall: I am really impressed by this IPA, it my well replace Blind Pig as my everyday go-to IPA. Simply outstanding.
944play (378) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 Re-rate 6-23-2010: Cask at Toad in the Hole. Clear pale amber, low diminishing sparkler head. Huge tangerine and kumquat aroma hits you from feet away. Onion flavor is at threshold for pleasing but soft caramel and smooth bittering bolster the foundation. Finish is quite mellow for such a big beer, especially with such mild carbonation. 2-3-2009: 22oz in shaker glass. Pours brilliant gold with medium white head. Bright, grassy, citrusy aroma. Flavor is similarly hop-dominant, with mellow sweetness that puts the hops in an appropriately delicate frame. Yum. The best bottled DIPA Iíve had the privilege to sample.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber from Greens Discount Beverage in Atlanta. Poured a hazy gold/orange color with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles. The aroma was floral and piney. A very clean, awesome smell. The flavor was absolutely excellent. A solid alt base gives way to the cleanest hop flavor Iíve ever tasted. The finish is a solid citrus and pine finish, without an abrasive, lasting bitterness. I could drink these forever. An absolute steal at 3.90 a bomber. Iíd pay twice that for it.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a case of bombers at the brewery while visiting San Fran. Vibrant orange pour with a mid sized white head. Very sweet and aromatic floral scent with slight hints of pine needles. Extremely sweet, especially for a west coast IIPA, but also has a hefty citrus and floral hop bite. At 4 dollars a bomber here in Eugene I imagine this is going to become a frequently drank beer for me.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber purchased at Whole Foods on Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown. Pours clear orange, white head. Aroma is super fuzzy kiwi hoppy, tangy tangerine, crisp. Flavor is citrusy, floral, crisp, grassy, fuzzy kiwi, malty (but not too sweet). This beer is hoppy, crisp, and sweet but doesnít have the typical syrup quality of a lot of Imperial IPAs. The alcohol is well blended as well. This is a pretty darn good Imperial IPA if you ask me!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange body with and adequate white head. Very floral, slight pine, sweet hop aroma. Sweet with a late bitterness at the back of the tongue. Floral hoppiness on the swallow. Interesting, but not as hoppy or thick as I expected.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from BevMo! Mission Valley. Mostly clear golden orange color with a good sized off white head with decent lacing. Nose is very sweet with light hops. Flavor is also very sweet. Not quite as hoppy as expected, I think this bottle has been sitting a while, If I can get my hands on a fresh one Iíll re-rate.
brigg (557) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A glowing amber beer with a small off-white head. Strong grapefruit aroma but also sweet fruit (berries), and floral notes. Interesting flavor:upfront it is slightly sweet but earthy; gives way to long bitterness. Mildly carbonaceous in the mouth, on the heavy side of medium bodied. It stands out; canít remember anything quite the same.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Bierkraft. Copper with a bumpy off-white head, leaving craggy lacing. Pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine and floral aromas. Zesty hop profile at the front--grapefruit, lemon and pine. Hops dominate a relatively clean and introverted malt body. Sharp pine and citrus hop finish. Lengthy bitterness-with that nice hop oil on the tongue and teeth feeling. One of the best Cali 2IPAís I believe Iíve had.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours clear gold with a big head. Aroma and flavor of striong citrus, mainly grapefruit. Sublte maltiness, but hops dominate this monster. Lively carbonation and there is a long bitter finish. Very easy to drink. Excellent IIPA.