Strykzone (5627) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Hayduke! This beer pours a clear golden with an exceptional amount of carbonation floating up. A thick and long lasting orange tinted head never got smaller than one finger. Nose is tart citrus fruit and flowers, light spice and caramel. Flavor is delightfully complex. Passion fruit, grain, toffee. As the beer warms grapefruit emerges bringing with it dryness. The finish was a bit thin for my liking but it brought out some nice fruit notes in the long aftertaste. A truly unique and interesting IPA.
DuffMan (8069) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with parksy. Pours a hazy reddish orange, aroma is remarkably reminiscent of ripe papya (pau pau) and low spicy resin. Flavours are much the same, with equal balance between sweet candyish malt, tropical fruit hops, and moderate bitterness.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Appearance is a bright orange golden with an inch of milky white head. Aroma is resinous hops, ruby red grapefruit and pine. Taste begins with potent hops and intense bitterness followed by some toasted malt sweetness, grapefruit, orange peel and pine. It finishes slightly creamy and tangy with a bitter citrus aftertaste. Overall flavor is aggressively bitter and hoppy with a harsh citrus acidity quality to it. Not quite Total Domination but it’s refreshing nonetheless and has an interesting mix of citrus, hops and bitterness. It just doesn’t quite stand up to the great West Coast IPAs.
glassmongoose (1) - Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ninkasi IPA took me by surprise (author pauses to go crack beer in order to better describe it) with its heady mix of sweet and bitter. The bitterness is not overwhelming. It has, dare I say, complexity. Even better, the IPA brings to mind a phrase beloved to me: ’beer sandwich’. Not because it’s overly filling, but because it allows you to actually imagine that it might contain nutrients.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber gold with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: Kolschy, grainy with some slight sweetness and citrus.
Taste: Soapy, grainy, finishes with dry malt and metallic hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied.
Overall: I didn’t really enjoy this beer that much. I am a big fan of their Double Red, so I am excited to try Tricerahops.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great lil IPA from Bevmo in a 22 oz bottle. Ruby amber with a clean, strong white head. Nose sharp crisp piny hops with a bit of sweetness backing it up. Taste is melony hops and mango/citrus behind it. Sharp and clean and clear on the finish. Yummy eepah.
Zymurgeist2 (1325) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a Ninkasi paired dinner for their release in SF.
Nice reddish-orange with an off-white head that clings to the glass. Massive beautiful fruit on the nose. Mostly grapefruit and lots of other citrus with sweet malt backbone. Well rounded mouthfeel. Pallate of citrus hops is well balanced and structured with a hoppy finish.
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bomber poured into pint glass. This is awful- I wonder if I got a really old or bad bottle? It smells like a wet stinky dog- the appearance is fine with a cloudy amber color like many other IPA’s. The flavor is just terrible- I know I have had many many IPA’s in recent years and this is simple one of the worst. I will probably pour this down the drain as it tastes like nothing I want to put my lips and tongue on or around. What a dissapointment from an Oregon brewery. I bought another bomber from them of a double red and maybe I will open that now to see if this might just be an awfully bad bottle.
can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just a really lovely balanced IPA. Aromas of pine and orange peel. Appearance is a lovely orange/golden color with a frothy white head. Sweet on the palate with a nice dry bitter finish. Really pleasant.
marcus (7682) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy orange amber with a fluffy beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a pretty good caramel malt flavor with sufficient hop bitterness and a bit of carbonation.