spikester (603) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep amber with minimal head, sheets of lacings. Aroma is floral hops, pine.
Taste is a big wallop of piney resinous hops with a big malt presence. The hops have a broader flavor profile than the typical northwest varities. Interesting and very tasty IPA.
AmEricanbrew (5662) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a viscous white head, nice lacing. Awesome smell of spruce sap and ganja bud smoke, wow....love that. Smooth palate and lightly carbonated. Good, simple flavors of semi sweet caramel with piney hops. Nicely bitter to finish. Great aroma, good taste.
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Popped this one with Steve, CelticBrew and DrBayern. Has a sweet aroma. It poured with no real head, just a light lacing around the edges. It was copper in color, with a very light haze. This Elephant has a very nice hoppy taste that I found to my liking!
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear deep golden color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a big citrus splash - tangerine, grapefruit, limes and a touch of pine and some floral notes. Flavor is nicely balanced - big malts, light caramel, and lots of big hop flavors - citrus and grassy. Not overly bitter, just enough.
CelticBrew (752) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium dark amber, forming small off white foamy head. Aroma was faint, hops, pines, tropical fruits. Flavour was of grassy tones with slight pine resin character with a slight caramel tinge. A little dry in the end, as the hoppiness overwhelms ( in a good way ). Lacing is lovely, overall a well crafted IPA. Would like to try the on tap version as well.
Came from 22 oz bomber.
Ratman197 (9550) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear copper with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of earthiness, pine, carmel, mango, orange and a hint of grapefruit. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Flavors of pine, carmel, orange, light earthiness, light mango and a hint of grapefruit with a crisp lingering moderatly bitter finish.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark hazy apricot color with small white head. Fresh aroma of citrus hops mixed with peaches and grapefruit. The taste was the same with light mango flavos. As this beer warmed it took on a strange burnt rubber character. This brew had nice sweetness and maly profile, but the weird burnt rubber flavor killed it for me...still good though.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tangy citrus and pine in the nose, it smells like some centennials. Nice amber in color with a nice thick head. Nice combination of lemony hops, light pine with a solid malt backbone. Plenty of sweetness for those hops to ride on. Rich, chewy and creamy. Very nice.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong hops in the aroma offer lots of pine and citrus and are perhaps just a bit over the top. Copper coloured body is topped by a decent fine bubbled white head that lasts well. Toasted malts are somewhat overwhelmed by all the hop flavour. Bitterness is strong but not overpowering. Medium body with moderate soft bubbled carbonation. Bottle sampled at a tasting chez MartinT after the qualifying session for Grand Prix 2008.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours rusty orange in color with a light haze. Fresh, green herb (mint, basil, thyme) scented hop nose, along with some pillowy, earthy but light yeast notes. Resinous, earthy, nutty hop flavor; some caramel and chewy maple malt flavors, but largely light to medium in body, nearly thin. Okay overall, could be better.