killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can from PCC. Though I feel a little bad about drinking beer all the way from Hawaii, this is a pretty fantastic beer. Smells strongly of conventional grapefruits. Big bitterness is well-tempered with just enough maltiness. How come I can never make an IPA like this? Whenever I throw a bushel of hops in a batch to make a big IPA, it aways ends up tasting like hop tea. But I digress... Totally smooth brew.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a hazy, golden, medium-yellow color and a foamy white head, making it look similar to (albeit a bit darker than) the brewery’s lager. The similarity stops there, though, with the aroma being packed with a fresh and bold combination of floral and earthy hops. It honestly smells like slicing open a vacuum bag full of hop pellets for a new batch of home brew. The flavor is similarly bursting with a dominant and bold hop bitterness with very little sweetness to balance. The texture is resinous and tongue-coating, letting the hoppy bitterness linger for a few moments. Unfortunately, although the hops are bold and distinct, it comes across as a bit one-dimensional.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear gold from the can with a brief white head which leaves a heavy lace. Grassy dry hop aroma present in the nose and all the way through. Medium-heavy body with a very smooth mouth feel and moderate to low carbonation. Nice, grapefruit hop bitter finish. Malt is subtle, as it should be in an IPA, but toasty and primarily supports the beer in the body and mouth feel. best IPA ever from Hawai’i and compares favorably to many West Coast IPAs.
bozoNZ (750) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sl hazy golden laced head. Big sweat armpit aroma. Some marmalade notes and citrus pith flavours rounded with sweet malts. I think the balance is about right. Nice beer.
Zeswaft (1592) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great IPA. Borders on too sweet, but overall quite awesome. Very floral. Not crazy about the $12/6 price tag.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can.
Pours cloudy golden yellow with a soapy white head. The nose is very big on piney hops, resin, fresh cut wood, and mild caramel malt. The taste is much more malty than expected and less hoppy as well. You do get a crisp bitter piney hop bite at the end of the caramel malt. The mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Decent ipa.
Drjohnrock (680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewpuob on August 10, 2010. Dark golden color, small white head, very appealing sweet citrus aroma with enough hoppiness to round it out, thin body, taste is smooth with unique fruitiness--guava and passion fruit, perhaps?--with properly assertive hoppiness to keep things balanced. Very solid beer.
after4ever (7358) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a big fluffy rocky off-white head. Plenty of stringy lace following it down the sides of the glass. Pleasant piney aroma, almost smells a little like fresh cut wood. Not quite to a pencil shaving yeast aroma, more of a woodshop smell. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramelly mid-palate showing plenty of pine. Crisp and refreshing. Long piney finish, very resiny. Tasty and harmonious. Nice beer.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: snifter. Pours a slightly opaque bright, vibrant orange with a slight reddish hue. Nice light tan, slightly orange hints involved. Good lacing and a mild retention level.
S: smells like simcoe and Amarillo hops off the bat. Absolutely amazing nose. Big, bold, and absolutely delightful.
T: big nose but not as much flavor in my opinion, maltier than expected with the huge hop nose. A little lackluster for me, but a great flavor over all. The nose is the best part of this. Good citrus hops but they faded a little too much, and the malts are big and bold. Cotton Candy flavors once it warms up a little.
M: mild body with a lower carbonation level. Not as much bite as expected from the nose.
D: good brew, but the nose made me think it was bigger than it was. My own fault at prejudging by aroma. Great IPA and well worth getting.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. cans. Poured with a full, thick head. Tangerine and slight pine with a touch of grassy aroma. Citrus comes out a little in taste, but has some grass and a touch of funkiness that I can’t pinpoint. Very smooth with a small lasting impression of pine from the hops. Really a nice beer and I’m glad I have 5 more cans!