daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can from Total Wine in Tustin ($2.49). Pours a murky orange-amber with two fingers of off-white foam. Mild aroma of fruity hops (citrus and pineapple). Flavor is hoppy with some nice tropical fruit (more pineapple but not very sweet) and a solid caramel-y malt backbone and a vegetable quality. Finish has a nice level of both sweetness and bitterness. Solid IPA. (295, 406)
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A top tier IPA. Large amount of bitterness that doesn’t overwhelm the palate. Good sparkle to it. Pours a nice orange color.
chadje (209) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big Swell IPA pours a nice pale color with an extremely intense white head. The scent is of sweet hops, lemon and some light malt. There is a nice sweet malty and hoppy taste to it with some caramel.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Wally’s LA. Pours a clear gold with a rocky, off-white head that has very good retention and spotty, big lace. Aroma is lemon, strawberry sorbet. Taste is a bit soapy but has a beautiful caramel and honey backbone that seems absent in lots of IPAs of late. Long, nutty, bitter aftertaste. Oily mouthfeel.
gyllenbock (8003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at SBWF.
Slightly hazy golden with a medium white head that did not last for long. Pleasant aroma of fruits, grass and some light malt. Refreshing taste of grapefruit, medium body. Finish was quite bitter. Nice beer without being extreme. My first ever beer from Hawaii.
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In a can at Lanai. Pours an amber color with moderate hops. Very citrus and resinous hop aroma. Moderate sweet malt. Flavor is hop bitterness with sweet malt. Very balanced and good. Medium body. Excellent IPA.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Drank from can. Hoppy nose with a mostly earthy pine note and light citrus, some sharp co2 and malt notes. The flavor is balanced and hoppy, nice ipa for a can. Finishes clean and the bitterness helps accentuate the pale malts. Good.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Clear gold with a white head. Crispy hops aroma with a little hay. The taste is pretty basic hops,a little tinny. I don’t know if it is because of the can. It also has a bit of a paint thinner aftertaste. It’s ok.
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.