hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22-oz bottle purchased from the Bottle Barn in Santa Rose, CA. Pours a very clear copper color with huge fine bubbled white head that lasted about as long as a head can last and left very robust lacing rings in my Duvel glass. A thing of beauty. The nose is quite powerful, with aromas of citrus and pine hops on top of a delightful malt backbone. The body is medium and the mouthful a little greasy, but an alcoholic buzz creeps in that is a little distracting. The flavor is full of fruits, and floral hops. Again the alcohol is just a touch too present to be really world class, but it is still not bad. You would expect the alcohol to carry over into the finish but it does not distract too much from the dry bitter end. Overall a quite decent DIPA that gets its score upped a point or two for being so beautiful in the glass.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SD BrewCo. Arrives med to dark amber, with thin off-wht head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of fruity and caramel malts, with piney hops and orange peel. Rich malty flavor, more ripe fruits and caramel, complimented by earthy, piney hops, leaving a lemon peel and quince finish. Med to full body, smooth and a little oily, with gentle carbonation.
gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours rich amber with a finger.5 of pillowy white foam head. Aroma is strongly of pine and citrus, with some rich, syrupy caramel notes. Taste matches the nose, with a heavy-handed caramel and floral quality sneaking in to combine, a bit too forcefully, with the rest. Solid alcohol burn with vanilla undertones. A fine example of the style.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Tim for sending me this bomber. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of pine and citrus. Some caramel in the tastes too.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. Overall pretty forgettable.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with caramel.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is an okay beer, but, relative to other DIPAs, itís just mediocre. It pours a color thatís right about average for the style, a transparent amber-orange. The head is sudsy with lots of fine, foamy bubbles. The aroma is fairly weak, mostly pine resin hops with some grapefruit rind and a touch of tropical fruit. Thereís very little bright, fresh hoppiness, though this bottle should be fresh, judging by when it arrived in local stores. Some caramel malt. The flavor has some good bitterness, but, otherwise, itís fairly disappointing. Itís a touch too malt sweet at first and altogether too little complexity. The aftertaste is blandly bitter with a note of stale grain. Mouthfeel has nice hop oiliness but is fairly thin and maybe a bit overcarbonated. I rather liked Missionís IPA, but this one just canít compete in the already overcrowded style.
IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose of pine and citrus with a little apricot in the background. Lightly hazy copper with a medium, lightly lacing, pale beige head. Flavor is bitter with light pine and a bitter finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, dark, brassy golden-orange color with a moderately sized head of dark cream to beige tinted foam. Thin, rocky sheets and splattered splotches of lacing coat the glass well. The aroma is pretty balanced, showing a malt base of caramel and buttery toffee, countered by notes of leafy, grassy hops and hints of orange peel. Thereís a booziness to it that seems to be a little overwhelming for what it is. The flavor falls on the malty side for a double IPA, big on caramel, bread crust, and toffee, with hop notes of orange, grass, and pine that struggle to catch up. Again, alcohol is overbearing. The palate is lively on the tongue, probably a little too much so, with a medium-plus weight and a semi-dry, slightly boozy finish. Well below average for a SoCal IIPA, but still decent.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Rating #15. Dark gold with a touch of amber and a pretty nice fluffy off-white head. Aroma is a little pine and a touch of grapefruit, not really brimming with either aroma though. A little sweet and very light on the hops, a bit watery as well, not what I was expecting really. (1260)