dhunter151 (530) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a caramel copper color with a white head. This pale ale is a malty mess. Way too malty and unbalanced. I did not really enjoy this one.
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valleyann83 (15) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from Sprouts. Orange thick foam, could smell the grassy hops as I poured. Remarkably clear, bubbles continued up from bottom of pint glass. Upon initial taste, extremely bitter...real bitter..I had a similar experience with a Lagunitas, I believe it was Lagunitas. It may be due to flower hops...but i have no idea if either uses flowers. So I set it aside to let it breath...what a paradigm shift in flavor. Big melon grassy hop flavor with a slight nutty malt backbone. Certainly an archetype for an Imperial IPA.
BucannonXC5 (827) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a caramel honey clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white frothy head. Very good amount of uneven foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled a healthy mix of citrus hops and spicy malts. Got lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, buttery malts, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, rye hops, iced tea mix, earthy grass hops, alcohol heavy and even some nuts. Not really what I was expecting.
First taste reminded me of iced tea with tons of alcohol. Also caramel, toffee, rye hops, buttery malts, earthy, grassy hops, lemon, faint grapefruit, altogether bitter.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, warming finish.
Just didn’t enjoy this beer. Nothing extraordinary about it except for the alcohol content. I won’t have it again after this one.
BeerFunGuy (622) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This copper beer is hoppy. hella hella bitter. Maybe I had a not too good bottle but way too bitter
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DedicatedToFun (2340) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strong double IPA on tap at Daily Pint, shared with GT2, definitely an amber hue, 8.3%, nice head, overall decent.
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Daily Pint. Thanks to Dedicatedtofun! Full haze red pour. Thicker white head with thick, complete lacing. Nose is mild vegetal, detergent, fresh strawberry, dusty. Taste is massively bitter, dusty, astringent, nutty, abrasive. Long, chemical palate. Harsh and abrasive.
ACHops (668) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from a 7-Eleven in Carlsbad. Excited to try something from a brewery that I honestly hadn’t heard of before. Pours medium dull copper with a thin lacey head. Aroma is thin caramel malt and faint herby hops. Taste is big bready caramel malt that is oddly not sweet at all. Very bitter finish with only a little hop flavor - hints of earthy grass. Definitely one of the maltier DIPAs I’ve had. Some good elements here, but lacking the balance and highlights of the better ones.
daleharshman (896) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First rating for this local brewery (is this the only bottle they have produced?). Bomber purchased at Major Market in Escondido ($7.99). Pours a slightly hazy amber-sunset orange hue with a finger and a half of frothy off-white foam. Aroma somewhat on the weak side with notes of sweet citrus, wet grains, light pine, and some caramel. Flavor of earthy-herby-spicy hops, pine sap, chewy barley, and some notes of brewed iced black tea. For the strong malt presence in this, it is actually quite bitter. A passable DIPA...excited to get the bottle, but might like to try this on draft for comparison. (17, 793)
jgb9348 (4689) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper coloured body with a thin off-white head and a nice bronze glow. Aroma of metal, light malt, a lot of hops and even more alcohol. Medium-bodied; Deep metallic and pungent bitterness from alcohol and hops with a good deep resinous flavour and quite a bit of metal. Aftertaste shows tons of alcohol, a lot of hops, metal and a bit of earth. Overall, a strong and robust beer with metallic notes more than hops and perhaps too deep and pungent in flavour. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Texas Liqour in Carlsbad, California on 19-March-2013 for US8.99 sampled at home in Washington after returning from Alaska on 27-May-2013.
ben4321 (3846) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 5/21/13
Aroma: The nose is sweet, with orange, grapefruit, caramel, and some booze
Appearance: It pours a reddish-orange color with a small, bubbly beige head and sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is sweet and boozy up-front with a fairly bitter finish to it
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it is sticky on the mouth, with a lengthy, astringent finish
I thought this was an alirght beer, but it wasn’t much of a Double IPA. It just lacks the hop profile of the best examples of the style. This wasn’t a favorite for me.