msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Barleyís Brewhaus. Pours clear golden copper with white head. Aroma is hops, pine with touch of malt and citrus. Flavor is mostly hops and pine with malt and some citrus notes. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes bitter. Decent IPA with big pine flavors.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 Barrel Pale X2: Twice the color, twice the head, twice the lemongrass, twice the bitterness. 24 karat/copper pour with a 2 finger ivory head. Citrus zest combines with grassy, resinous, leafy hops...malt is needed to balance this one out. Just not a lot of complexity here.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice golden color with a slight orange tinge and a foamy white head. Aroma of hops, malt, citrus. Flavor is hoppy, malty, citrusy, grassy. Nice bitter hop finish is balanced out with just enough malt. Good IPA.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Re-rate 2. Iím hooked. This is the best IPA Iíve had yet. Iím taking my Stone rating down a feww notches as well. This stuff is excellent!
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a classic in all the word. Pours with a rich golden color and a dense lasting head. It just sits there like a dead muledeer. Aromas of citrus rind and a charred hop resonance. Medium nectar with superb effer amplification like Eddie Van Halen doing a solo to Unchained. OK, this one makes me 7 abv mark and this is instant happiness for me. But unlike most at this level it isnít over baring. Itís not a sweet malt bomb. Itís not a switchblade hop killer. Itís refined and unprecedented. A needle in a haystack. This brew has a great disposition that brings a smile to the user.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 (bottle from Platte Avenue Liquor, sampled 1/26/10). Clear copper color. Medium off white, rocky head. Grapefruit/pine aroma. Spicy, earthy pine/grapefruit flavor, with light sweet maltiness. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.
(Original rating - 1/17/09; bottle. Overall rating 4.2) Gold/orange in color. Medium size white head. Very hoppy and flavorful. Also has a very hoppy and grapefruit aroma. Smooth and bitter finish. Moderate carbonation.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewery Aug í08: Poured an amber color with not much head. The aroma was flowers, grass, and pine. The flavor was hops, citrus, grass, pine, and spice. Overall an above average IPA.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a huge 3 finger foamy beige head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is ripe citrus hops and malt. Taste is tangerine, ripe pink grapefruit and light caramel with a tart grapefruit finish. Medium mouth feel. Nice and refreshing IPA. Reminds me a lot of Four Peaks Hop Knot.
Strykzone (5897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper with a big frothy white head. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is full of grapefruit with a good amount of caramel. Grapefruit was not nearly as dominant in the flavor. It offered more caramel, pine, grass, and spice. A very nice IPA.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a brilliant and clean dark yellow, light amber with little head but the carbonation was good and left lacing. The aroma was strongly grapefruit hops with little malt. There was a strong citrus flavor, particularly grapefruit along with some pine notes at first, the bitterness is right up front and dominant. As the beer warms the bitterness mellows and the beer really mellows out and blends into a nicely balanced drink. Good job.