d0ggnate (4) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another bottle I have lying around after a trip to SF about a month ago. I got a chance to try it at Toronado, but there was no chance I could review it while there. Now’s the time.
Poured golden/amber/orange and clear as glass. A nice single finger head layer tightly laces my pint glass. Sweet floral hops and citrus/tart aromas jump out at you. The nose is slightly tropical. Nice and hoppy flavors. Very floral still, but a bit piney, too. The hops also bring an oily/resined flavor. Deliciously bitter.
I found this to be a deliciously drinkable IPA. Love the hop character and I could drink 3-4 of these before I knew I was too drunk to lift a glass. Great beer from one of my favorite breweries.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Map Room. Nice orange pour with a white head. Really nice aroma of grapefruit and other citrus. Nice amount of grapefruit hops and good bitterness with some solid malt balance. Goes down amazingly well for a 8.2% beer. Really enjoyable. I love the name as well.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Grumpy Bulldog, Naperville, IL.
Beautiful deep orange pour with a nice bit of head. Nose is resin pine with alcohol in the background. Grapefruit also comes through nicely. Flavor is dominated by those beautiful hops and there is a nice sweeness to the taste followed by a good malt presence then ending with an appropriate bitterness. Really good brew.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: pours beautiful orange colour small white head. aroma is all citrus hops with a big sticky malt background, slight lemon also. flavour is a sticky malt with plenty of citrus grapefruit hops very sticky palate but still good drinking.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival. IMHO, this was the best of the festival. I could never tire of this beer.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
OBF, tap... Poured ruby with a white head. Hoppy aroma with strong hop flavors of course. Some tartness to it with malt to balance.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 2008 batch - 3.4 - Pours a sharp and deep amber copper color with a white head. Stinky, sharp, assertive nose of sharp oranges, cedar wood, stinky fuesal corn, and resinous hop oils. Thick, viscous, big, sticky, sweet and disgusting in sort of a nice way... incredibly resinous and sharp and oily, strong notes of honey and orange cleaner overpower the senses. The chemical flavors and slight oiliness knocks a few points off, but it wasn’t exactly heading towards a lot of points anyway.
2009 batch - 2.6 - Filtered, clear dark orange. Candy corn and sugared celery nose. Unclean malt (malt liquor-like fusel corn), messy hops (minerally, vegetal). Texture is abhorrently syrupy and oily. Flavor is twangy artificial sweetener and sugared vegetables (celery, cucumber). After hearing so many people rave about the 2009 batch, especially for such a low price, I found it to be worse than the 2008 batch and not worth the $4 it cost. Training wheels IIPA. Terrible stuff.
JoeinDahlem (1347) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Not quite stoopid, but damn tasty. Golden color. Grapefruit aroma with some floral. Big, juicy citrus hops leave a more refreshing than crazy-bitter impression. That’s a good thing in my book.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was an awesomely pleasant find on tap at Kuma’s. Deep amber colored, amazing hop nose of flowers and fruit, some nice tropical fruit. Beautiful nose. Taste is interesting in that it has a taste of wonderful tropical taste as well, very smooth and eloquent bitterness. So tightly put together, it’s hard to figure out how they did it. Awesome.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear goldem with amber tone. Some white head.
Strong exotic fruit hop aroma, some sweetness.
Big full flavor, Bitter, not too much. Fruity, pleasant light light alcoholic tingle. Great fruity hoppiness.
Creamy, playful palate.
Very drinkable but complex.