Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oggi’s Scottsdale. Clear darker yellow/light amber color with creamy white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Great hops in this one with a citrus and grapefruit aroma. Clean and crisp finish with a huge hoppy aftertaste.
sloth (2472) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white head that thins out quickly with a smidgen of spotty lace. Hazy, orange color. Nose of citrus and crystal malts, mostly subdued. Medium bodied, lightly oily with sub par carbonation. Crystal malts up front with notes of teabag, light citrus and some breadyness. Fairly dry finish, some mint notes. Hmmmmmm, where,s the hops not to mention the juice?? An old bottle? was expecting a bit more from this one. Bomber acquired from SDbruboy, thanks Cliff!
Taverner (1093) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Really good - malty but not too much so. You can smell this beer accross a room when you open it. The flavors are dank pine and roasted malt. Pours a copper with very little head at fridge temp, much more head at cellar temp.
SECOND ANALYSIS: This definitely has more of a funky, barleywine taste. To the point where it has become distracting.
THIRD ANALYSIS: Definitely does not hide the alcohol - almost sickening...
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bonus bottle from FlacoAlto - thanks!!
Clear golden-amber color. Aroma is big and hoppy, mostly cantaloupe and some citrus. Flavor is dominated by cantaloupe-ey hops plus a decent amount of sharp citrus hoppiness and a subtly-sweet maltiness. Good stuff - seems like a solid DIPA you could drink all the time!
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with an off white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Solid hop flavor with some citrus hints. Finished rather dry. Not bad.
StefanSD (2121) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a nice hazy copper color with a small white head that dissipated moderately fast. The aroma has big citrus notes with grapefruit, oranges and a touch of lemon. The flavor is very hops forward with biter piney hops dominating the front, the sides and the finish. Other flavors present include caramel, vanilla, oranges and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is full and malty. On finish the biter hops still dominate and they are a bit harsh and slightly astringent. Overall: This a great IPA for biter ale lovers (based on the beer I sampled). But, based on reading all the varying reviews, I’m betting that the brewery has problems with consistency. Lets hope that they iron out the rough edges. Recommended.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to cbkschubert for the bomber. Hazy orange color with a small to medium head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops with a definite caramel malt signature. Taste is pretty much telling me the same; this is not your standard ’west coast balanced’ ale. Big malt backbone. Finished with a citrusy bitterness that bordered on astringence.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from T’s liquors): Pours a semi-cloudy orange body, small white head, quickly diminishing. Piney hoppy aroma. Some malts, dry. Dry taste, hops, acidic. Bitter. Warming up, not as bitter, but still dry & constricting.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a tad bit overwhelming...like chewing on the pith of a grapefruit...very bitter and over the top grapefruit flavor with a sweet malt background. interesting, but i couldnt finish the pint
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, via kmweaver. Pours a clear copper to orange body under a nice frothy off-white head that receded to a creamy film leaving heavy lace as it receded. The nose is not as bright as I hoped for, it’s actually pretty well balanced, not what springs to mind for a true West Coast IIPA. Floral and lightly piney hops with a hefty sweet caramel malt base. The flavor again was alot more heavy on the sweet malt than expected. The focus of this really seems to be the malt. The hops are there for sure, piney and citrusy up front with a slight resiny stickiness on the finish. Only moderately bitter. I’m getting a bit much iced tea crystal-maltiness on the finish as well for my tastes. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture and moderate fine fizzy carbonation. Overall, a decent enough beer in and of itself, but a letdown from what I had pictured in my mind coming from Oggis.