CelticBrew (897) - 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 (10438) - 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 (8341) - 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.
bhensonb (11789) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber at 6.9%. Copper amber color with a thin beige head. Aromas seem floral, citrus and resin. Medium body with prickly carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt with a lot of hop. Finish is almost balanced but hops rule. Really good drink.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Green Elephant
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head,
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of fruity and pine hops, touch of floral hops,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich crystal malt flavor, lots of complex hop flavor, well balanced, light bitterness for balance but lets the hops be in control, light lasting bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent bronze orange with a stringy wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet lightly biscuity caramel malt and grassy earthy green hops. Body starts fairly full and caramely sweet with some citrusy grassy hops and a drier, semi-bitter grassy finish. An ok IPA, but could use more hop balance and grapefruity character.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
A divinely boastful hop bouquet proffers piney, resinous jocundity as its grassy alluvia seep into tender and sweet cereals. This PNW IPA is so honest, I cannot help but want to converse with it more often.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty orange blond.
-The tantalizing hop perfume slightly outshines the already enjoyable flavor profile.
-Crushed nuts seem to surface from the malt character, which is a tad underdeveloped.
-Peppery, grassy, coniferous hop bitterness seals the deal and links with the compelling aroma.
Bottle; thx Mike!