Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
This was from a trade and drunk fairly fresh. I thought it was good for an unknown West Coast brewery - at least solid enough that I would not turn down other releases in the future.
Aroma / Appearance - The mandarin orange body was warm and glowed. The head though was a bit lifeless. Oranges, melons, and mild grapefruit were the typical aspects of an imperial IPA that has not gone stale. It was not assertive compared to others but got the job done.
Flavor / Palate - Bitter grapefruit hangs in the mouth and back of the throat. The oak residue clings like icy sheets in the palate. The hops are strongest in the finish where they begin to build to a bitter crescendo. Other than some vegetetal aspects this is well done.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tacoma Boys. Clear orange-gold pour with a moderate white head leaving moderate lace and only decent retention. Nose is pine resin and weed, with some sulphur notes. Medium-plus body and moderate carbonation. Pine, ganja, some ethanol bitterness and burn, surprisingly little malt character – just some caramel sweetness. Finish is medium, with more weed and pine and some finishing sucrose sweetness. Other than the sulphur in the nose, which may be a problem with this particular bottle, this is a decent West Coast IIPA which lies very much on the pine/weed side of the hop scale and whose malt underbody lacks some complexity.
kathouse (925) - Nevada, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the bottle a medium orange with a thin creamy colored head. Powerful aroma of pine, lemongrass, and orange peel. Strong carbonation with lots of hop character. Grassy, spicy, and piney hop flavors. Body holds the hops in check, but stay way in the background. Finish is dry and bitter. Lingers for a while.
mages64 (36) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hadn’t had this in awhile. Smells of marijuana, onion, citrus rind, malt, grass and even some pine. Appearance is transparent reddish golden. loose lacing and light carbonation. Taste is super pine, sweet and sticky malt, almost honey, citrus, grass and bitterness. Palate is sticky and lingering. medium body. Alcohol heat is there. Overall a nice Imperial IPA that I’d gladly drink again although one bottle in a sitting is about all I can handle.
raphael (867) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strongest part of the aroma is pine a little too concentrated, sourish, with caramel and resin. Moderate white head on clear light amber. The pine continues in the flavor, not sour but tongue-numbing, alcohol with some caramel sweet and distant orange.
Ratman197 (9500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscuit, orange zest, peach and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle. Dark, red-orange with foamy nitro-looking head. Amber malts and big juicy hops, citrus and pine. Big, warming smooth body. Creamy carbonation. Relatively harsh hop/alc bite. Bittering, light juicy finish. pretty tasty.
keepersj12 (2649) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a rocky white head. A very malty sweet aroma with a lot of caramel and bread. The flavor is not as sweet, more of the bitterness comes through. The finish is dry and peppery.
davidd (7) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber, lots of complex hops. Strong and a bit heavy, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it.
obguthr (3650) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tropical fruit nose, pineapple and grass. shimmering amber, medium yellow head. Whole overripe orange flavor. Grassy and bitter finish. Good.