xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge citrus, wet hop aroma. Taste is all orange and smooth/sweet goodness. Very nice retention of head, with a sweet/bitter hop lingering yummy finish.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full orange body, nice initial head on both pours, a pretty looking dIPA ready for my quaffing. The aroma was full citrus hops, pine, and a light caramel malts. The flavor had a full caramel, almost fruity malt base (melons) with a grainy full texture. Sweet in many ways for a dIPA, but this one avoided the syrupey mouthfeel, almost a graininess to it as the piney citrus hops come to the fore on every sip. Full mouthfeel, hearty, enjoyable. A nice grab from Topps in Tempe.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber, no freshness date. ABV on my sample is listed @ 9.4%
Hazy orange, thin head, no retention, not much in the way of lace.
Aroma is scorched caramel, earthy hops, some citrus.
Flavor is sweet caramel up front with a grapefruit pith finish.
Alcohol is a bit hot going down.
Balanced for the most part, does get a little sticky as it warms, and the hops get a little muddled, but it’s not bad.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy dark yellow, whispy white head, slightly tart malt aroma, thin body, bitter hop flavor, only a hit of sweetness, old cask funk, a letdown
Score: i+ to ii+
Words: Strong Ale Fest
hazy dark yellow, thin white head, sweet citrus aroma, big body, lots of citrus hop flavor on a sweet carmel malt base, nice even bitter finish, excellent balance, another me too double IPA but very well done,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
glendale location draft...9.4%abv poured into a pint AND only $2...ouch, looks like the wife is driving home...pours an unclear copper color into this sweet $2 chalice. super sweet aroma with hints of grapefruit skin. flavor is every kind of hops;piney, grassy, soapy and citrus all in one but some how manages to be well balanced and not overly hoppy...?(or not hoppy enough) a flavor of sugary apple pie filling gets really sticky as the beer warms up...
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy naven. Awesome hop aroma and flavor. What I expect in a West coast IPA.
jmcinerny (17) - Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Oggi’s Mission Viejo. Everything you would expect from a California Imperial IPA. Tons of hops up front offset by a terrific malt finish. I did not notice the high alcohol until it was time to leave. Very good beer. Next time I would try to get it in a snifter and only have a half.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Oggi’s, Liberty Station Point Loma. Got a beer mat that says it could be "Left Coast". Strong pine aroma. Dark orange tinged amber color. The white head quickly filmed. Starts with strong pine, a little malt, and a citrus hint. Medium bodied with at least mild carbonation. Heat at the finish. Quite dry finish, and the mouth drips with evergreen oil bitter. Fantastic.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(labeled as "left coast" @ the bistro.)orange body with a white head.aroma is a strange blend of mint and melon type fruits.flavor was much of the same,and the body was thin for a double ipa.strange stuff indeed.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand Bottle from growler. Big thanks to cbkschubert for sending me this one. Pours a cloudy orange body with nice head. Aroma is of citrus, tropical hops, big maltiness. Flavor is very hoppy, heavy citrus - grapefruit tones, big sweet malty backbone. Nicely done but the syrupy hoppness may be a bit overdone for me.