popery (1678) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, home. Maybe, my IPA standards are just too high, but this was a big disappointment. It looks just fine, golden translucent liquid with a big head and good lacing, though nothing to write home about. The aroma is bready malt with a touch of caramel toast and bland piney hops. The flavor is too sweet and the specialty malt character doesn’t work. There’s a musty off-note, and the hops are bland grapefruit rind and pine with very little character or nuance. Mouthfeel is a bit watery with a touch of bad hoppy paint thinner. My least favorite from Ninkasi so far.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours a translucent copper color with a big fluffy white head that has fair retention and some lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with cascade pine and some citrus. The flavor is biter hops forward with pine, citrus, caramel and some bready biscuit. The palate is smooth and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops that are just a bit harsh. Overall: A good IPA but just a bit to harsh to be sessionable.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with highibus - Pours a clear amber color with a good size off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is citrus, herbal and floral hops. Has a nice hoppy flavor with just a touch of malt sweetness. No astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A nice IPA. Thanks Tom.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pours translucent copper with a quickly dissipating off white head into a tulip. Aroma of sticky, resiny hops, grapefruit, lemon, toasty bready malts. Resiny, sweet, lemony hops are the predominant flavors, but they’re not overwhelming. The nice toasted malt quality balances it out well. A greater level of bitterness comes out in the finish, loads of fresh grapefruit and some pine. Medium bodied with a frothy mouthfeel and a medium level of carbonation. I liked this one for its balance and drinkability. It has a nice, sweet quality to it unlike many other IPAs that just try overwhelm you. Nice.
brenn79 (1745) - Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours cloudy golden with a sustaining head, aroma is pine and citrusy hops. The flavor is the same, all mellow citrus hoppy goodness. I think I am enjoying regular IPA’s more than Double IPA’s now days, Double brews have too much malt, beers like this are all hops, the way it should be. Cheers to the hop heads.
Dogbrick (9672) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Portland City Grill. Pours a slightly coudy golden-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit and malt. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, pine, citrus and malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left behind. Well-executed IPA overall.
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Total domination is a bit of exaggeration in this case. This IPA is very drinkable and I liked it’s deep copper color. Apparently this ale is very popular in town but it won’t go in my regular rotation.
pinkzambia (1694) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Cheerleaders: Clear, copper color with a small off-white head. Green aromas of hops with smooth flavors and a nice bitter, musty aftertaste. The body is quite thick and doesn’t dissipate in your mouth right away. Hangs around leaving a slightly perfumy, bitter taste. I think it is a great better than average IPA, but not blow me out of the water.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to guy411. Hazy orange with a medium white head. Pungent, stinky hops with a garlic edge to them and a touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor has plenty of similar hop character to the aroma with lots of spice that borders on vegetal. Medium sweetness and light toasty malt flavors. Touch of astringency in the body with a medium thickness. The hops just rubbed me the wrong way in this one, though it was still decent.
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy Guy411. Chill hazed dark gold with a light beige wet filmy head. Aroma is grapefruity PNW hops basically. Flavor is piney and citrusy hops, somewhat muted, with a layered pale malty backbone. Pretty decent bitterness but this needs a rerate with a fresh bottle.