can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this one. It has a very nice hoppy aroma and huge creamy white head which sticks around for a little while. It is more than a traditional IPA in that it has a deep smokey malt flavour that isnít usually there. A great cloudy amber colour works well with the deep flavour. Lots of hops present, but thats just fine with me.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very Malty especially for an (alleged IPA) While I can taste the hops, malt is there in the background. Too dark for an IPA as well. After taste is malty as well. However, this is still a drinkable ale. Just mislabeled. I may have to try this again, just to make sure I didnít get a bad batch.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft. pours a beautiful orange-copper-haze with a big thick foamy and well lacing white head. From the looks of things...a very nice beer, great hoppy piney fruity aroma. Initial sweet apricot yeasty malt following with a nice complex hop finish...really good! I wanted it again the next night but my local had run out.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice amber with a good foamy white head. Lacing was adequate. aroma was hoppy with some sweet malt. Mild mouth feel, smooth finish.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice malty IPA. Bready sweet malt nicely balanced by the floral and aggresive hop. A little dark for the style, but a super beer nonetheless.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Softly off-white, then head. Dark amber color with orange notes. Flory, spicy hop aroma. Medium body. Malt syrupyness in initial flavor with an immediate counterpoint of hoppiness. More spicy and floral than citrusy or resinous. Somewhat on the malty side for a medium body IPA, which seems to prevent a truly quenching bitterness
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium, almond-coloured foamy head with a cloudy, highly-carbonated, orange body. Nose of oranges and grapefruit. The cramy flavour of bitter hops rides the tongue like a rolling hill, pine cone nipping the trail. The finish is a milky malt transition that is truly understated.
thegreenrooster (4034) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a very cloudy orange with a big white head. Aroma is slightly weak but there are hops present. Flavor is a very dry hop with a nice malt backbone. Probably more malts than your usual IPA but it makes this very interisting. Deffinatly worth a try.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 This beer pours a dark, unfiltered amber. The head is creamy and offwhite - it isnít swampy or chemical. The nose is rather floral and hoppy. The alcohol is hidden in the nose. The unfiltered mouthfeel is pristine, full, and smooth. The hops are well defined and citrus/strawberry. The finish is very dry and bitter, but it is also very complex. Thereís just a hint of a malty sweetness. Iím actually surprised - this is a great beer.
Reid (2339) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought in a 22 oz bomber.
This is quite an attractive beer to look at,though far from what is expected from an American IPA, its a very hazy,even murky ,dark amber with a nice tan head, that recedes fast leaving nice thick splotchy lace.
The aroma seems on the subdued side for a West Coast IPA, but the trade mark spicy/citric hops are there..they seem balanced by caramel scented hops.
This beer has a delightful taste, it has all the spice and "grapefruit" flavours of your favourite IPA but its much smoother that most American versions, nice thick malt laden backbone to the flavour ,rounds and smooths over the hops ,but not to the extent we see in English IPAs.
Very nice on the tongue..zingy yet smooth.
Exceptionally drinkable ale..I am sorry i only bought one bomber!