ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy copper orange. There is a lot of citrus in the nose along with some pine. Taste is all hops with a bitter crispness. Medium finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with a tall lingering head. Smells of citrus rind. Medium full nectar with good carbonation. Good malt to hop balance with a bit of acidity bring out a not so tasty flavor of industrial adhesiveness. This brew is very similar to the Torrey Pines IPA. Seems like they tweaked it but couldn’t lose the IA. Would not drink again.
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Shared with Slothez. My 1400th rate. Great looking bottle that poured a slightly hazy amber colour with a decent lingering white head. Lovely fragrant resinous hops set the nostrils a twitchin’ in tandem with notes of tropical fruit, citrus and sweet malts. Flavour had tasty fruit notes and belting hop bitterness that struck all the right notes on the palate. Soft, smooth mouthfeel that was wonderfully easy to drink and left you craving another sip as every good beer should. This is an IPA right up my street, and one that I would happily be shipwrecked on a desert island with a case of.
stephenj007 (107) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow...big and piney aromas, citrusy tastes and a mighty hops bite.
This is quite the IPA.....pours a bit cloudy, with a thin, creamy tan head.
Hits you in the nose with piney, spruce and grapefruit aromas....not much malt here.
The flavors and tastes are certainly on the loads of hops bitter side, but are well balanced with some yeasty sugars.
Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel, in contrast to the high IBU rating....most IPAs tend to stick around a bit, but this is a very clean wash. Just the right amount of fizzy carbonation too.
Glad I found this last bottle at the market a few weeks ago. Hope i can locate again....it certainly is worth looking for.
degbert (1071) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is citrusy with lime and grapefruit, and has a definite pine overtone. Pours a hazy gold with a large-grained, white head; I would have liked more clarity. Definite hops bitterness on the tongue laced with a honeyed sweetness -- very well balanced. Finishes clean. Not a beer for XTREEM HOPZ FANZ, but I like it just fine.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Red Hot. Cloudy gold pour with a short white head and heavy lace. Hoppy nose, all citrus and pine. Medium-light body with fine carbonation giving a lovely mouth feel that makes you want another swallow. Toast, resinous hops, dinner rolls, grapefruit, oranges and pignoli. Long, dry, bitter finish with a slight oiliness. A great IPA named for one of my favorite spots in SoCal.
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, hared with Parksy. Hazy medium golden with a creamy thick white head. Extremely hoppy aroma, very fresh, heaps of grapefruit and pine, some minty notes too. Sweet malty base, more biscuity caramel than toasty, but really this beer is all about the hops. Tons of grapefruit rind, mouth-coating massive bitterness. Enormously hoppy, fresh and delicious!
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden beer with a frothy white head. The aroma is well hopped, and the flavour is deeply hopped with a floral yeasty’ness. Overall a very nice drinkable well hopped beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a hazy orangey color with a full, white, creamy, rocky head which settles to a thick, rocky layer and leaves thick, tight lace. The nose is full of toasted caramel, sweet rolls, minty, some resins, and some orangey/tangerine citrus. The bitterness of was nearly high for this 6% beer probably from the Columbus; very rustic, resinous, some tangerine, mint still, and toasted rolls. The palate is light medium, velvety, soft to lively, and a bit sticky. The beer finishes fairly long with tangerine, resinous, light rustic, and mint. I did find myself liking the beer despite the intense bitterness without the matching with complex hop flavors. Still, the Columbus added much more intensity to the hops notes than any other 6% beer I have had to date. Nice, unique, and very bitter.
Brandman (2059) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper body, white head. Aroma has pines, ghrapefruit, citrus, round maltiness and caramel. Flavour adds more fruits and resiny hops. Rough and intense, but fresh bitterness. Very smooth and fullfilling palate. Really malty structure which holds out nicely to the end.