marcus (7181) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours light amber with a clinging off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a sharp citrus finish. A bit too grassy.
HopheadDane (2) - portola valley, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was looking forward to this new IPA by Mikkeller and local brewery Drakeís, but as self confessed hophead i was underwhelmed by the lack of aromas and a more malty taste. Thereís definitely a bitter palate but if youíre looking for traditional forward fruity aromas youíre out of luck.
oRos (1293) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beerboxer. Dry clean finish. Citrus flavor hops... smells like a typical ipa
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light gold color with an earthy aroma. Taste a bit spicy,dry and citrus! Very balanced beer.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Re-rate. I let this one sit for a few months. Pours a gold-amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is dark fruit, earth, bread, spicy, sweet, earthy, caramel. Taste is dry, spicy, citrus, bitter lemon peel, orange, toffee, caramel. Low-medium carbonation; nice mouth feel. This greatly improved with a few months of aging. I know you arenít generally encouraged to sit on IPA but I like doing it.
bhensonb (12012) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a creamy near-white head. Aroma of resin over lightly toasted caramel. Med + body. Flavor is floral and resin over light sweet/roast caramel. Itís a fresh and bitter ale. Resin goes well into the finish. But thereís a floral component tagging along. Quite nice.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is lighter than I expected I get light stone fruit notes and some slight hop resin but other than that it is a bit light on the aromatics. The appearance is a deep golden color with hints of red on the edges of teh glass. The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma. On the tip of the tongue the hop bitterness slides over lightly with the carbonation which is a bit heavy before revealing soft fruity flavors. The finish is full of bitterness and is very refreshing to me to find a beer that has the balance of the bitterness in the finish as opposed to all of the beers that are so hop forward.
BucannonXC5 (1016) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a draft into a goblet (I think) at KnB Wine Cellars. Maybe ĺ inches of head once I got it. Nice circular lacing on the top and a decent amount of film on the sides.
Smelled light citrus hops up front. Peach or tangerine seemed to lead the way, but no smell was overpowering.
Tastes were a bit stronger than the nose. Tasted citrus hops with grapefruit and tangerine the most potent.
Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Not a bad beer, but this beer didnít have a chance after I uhst tried the New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA.
HomeBrew_Man (10) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maltier than I was expecting, but an unexpected hop punch at the finish, to be sure. No veggie in my bottle. This seemed pretty straightforward at first, but hereís more going on the more I taste. Guess Iíll have to have another one.
joet (2323) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
resin, Roses, herbal, light astringent bitter, dry feel with bits of tannin, tangy citrus, dough beautiful . ReAlly beautiful