PorterPounder (5829) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Portland, Or - Johnís Market Place - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour - bubbly off-white head, light lacing. Fruity aroma, some ripening vegetable notes. Flavor has some, a bit of dull citrus bitterness, a hint of potting soil. Uneventful mouthfeel. Not my favorite on my trip to the PNW.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Chuckís 85th Street Market in Seattle, WA.
Pours a dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Earthy hop aroma with lots of floral, grassy pine countered by sweet malt. Floral but the hop character is a bit one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit stronger than I prefer. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit counter the resinous pine presence.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that dominate the flavor, lingering over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Very earthy and bitter with lots of sticky pine needle and grass overpowering the palate. As it warms, a prominent sweet malt character comes forward with hints of toffee, caramel and bread. Thereís also a bit of alcohol heat/sweetness toward the finish. Decently balanced but not very interesting. Not a bad beer but I probably wouldnít order it again.
Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Quite surprised at the color, light copper, lots of bubbles and no real head.
Smell: Lemonade and grapefruit.
Taste: Light hops, then bitter ending that stays on the tongue for only a little after. There is a little sweetness in there too. Curious, but nice.
Light body, low carbonation, crisp.
A solid, good beer. The darker color threw me off. It comes off more as an IPA, but without getting kicked in the teeth by the hops.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
There is plenty of potential here, but this bottle was seriously undercarbonated. The flat mouthfeel doesnít play well with the hippy character of this beer. It is full of hop character, but ultimately a disappointment.
KyotoLefty (6892) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Beerkat. Sweet malt flavor, very fruity, with grape, cherry, and grassy hops. Some citrus in there as well. Alcohol evident. Ok.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge sticky hop nose. In the mouth it is MUCH lighter and well, tame. Solid drinking, but a thin body for 7%. Tropical fruit, pine, but nothing too outstanding. Enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable when comparing with what is available these days. Thanks Beerkat!.
sherm1016 (1186) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Belmont Station. Pours a dark amber color with an off white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, pine and citrus, medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bready malt, pine hops, with a sharp, pine hop finish. Definitely hoppy. Past itís prime though.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red-orange with a small white head. Candied citrus and piney undertones in the aroma. Pineapple, mango, citrus, and a resinous pine hop flavor gestalt dominates with some bready malt bracing. Evergreen resin hop bitterness slightly lingers in the finish, with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium light, slightly dry.
tbauer1134 (10) - - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Revisted this beer from last year when I didnít rate it. This one was much better. Great head and color with more hop presence and slightly less maltiness. The finish was a lot cleaner this time.
caseyjones27 (6) - USA - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. I was all ready to not like this beer...I read "100 IBUs" and was skeptical as to whether they did anything more than go for triple-digit bitterness. Also, what is an "Imperial pale ale" anyway? OK, so itís not too pale. Decent piney, spicy sort of aroma. I am actually really impressed. The mouthfeel is light, the aftertaste dry, bitter, but not overwhelming. This definitely reminds me of certain pale ales (an Imperial Drifter?), but of course much higher IBUs. Clean, and surprisingly smooth for 100 IBUs. A nice session IPA, though it would not rank among my all time favorite IPAs.