BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Papago. A nice light orange with foamy yellow head. This beer exhibits traditional IPA aroma and flavors: citrus, pine, sharp bitterness. There truly isn’t anything that separates it from the 100’s of other IPA’s on the market...good, not great.
DenverLogan (990) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light gold, small head. Decent aroma and really nice flavor. Really good for a regular IPA, easy, big floral hops, sweet malts, bite at the end but quite flavorful...I might get a growler of this to go! On tap at brewery.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Had this cask conditioned with hops. That influences this A LOT. I have since had it non-cask conditioned and its pretty pedestrian CASK CONDITIONED:. This was the perfect IPA, with full hop flavoring, yet with a creamy smoothness that I’ve never seen in an IPA. The stuff was a nice warm pint, that laced like a doily. Golden Amber - I think they really hit paydirt with this cask conditioning. The staff told me they dry hopped the hell out of this stuff, with a bunch of hops sitting in the cask.
NORMAL: Pretty boring IPA. It’s in the WC IPA tradition, so its pretty hop forward, which I like. But nothing really striking about the hop profile.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a nice white head and thick lacing.
Srong aroma and flavor of citrus, pine, oranges and grapefruit.
Medium bodied. Good,easy drinking I.P.A.
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draught at the Papago Brewing Company tavern in Phoenix, AZ. Pours a clear orange amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that has some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted caramel malt, some apricots orange and grapefruit zest and plenty of citrusy/pine hop character. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a clean IPA hob bitterness. Finish is more dry and bitter than Papago’s Imperial stout but this IPA is quite drinkable.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer fresh from the tap, pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a splendiferous creamy white head that lingers long, finally after its demise, the lacing provides a concealing sheet upon the glass. Schnozzle is greeted by sweet malt, then “BLAM”, Hops all flowery and spicy, citrus like in its crispness, clean, a bodement of things to come. Start has a delightful malt presence, the hops big and spicy at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a sturdy acidity, the hops omnipotent, with the sweetness continued to the somewhat dry aftertaste, a fine representative to the style.
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a lightly hazy, amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of skunk, floral hops, toasty malts, with a bit of toffee as well. Taste of pine, caramel malts, grapefruit, with a moderate, bitter, dry finish.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a medium creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of lots of pine, citrus a bunch of floral notes and caramel. Flavor was a bit earthy, hops, pine, citrus, cereal grains and some malt to balance. Nice bitterness level for an IPA.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler aquired in trade with hellbilly (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy orange color wtih an average sized off white head. Aromas of ctirus, pine, floral hoppiness, and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, pine and caramel. Nice grapefruit finish. Not overly bitter with a decent malt balance. Alcohol content hidden. Very drinkable. Extra point in the overall for having such a cool name ’Hop Dog’ - I wonder where they got that from (I should have a lifetime suppy of this one!).
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 hazy gold pour with orange tints. sweet piney aroma with some grapefruit lingering around out back. flavor is a well balanced mix of piney hops, grapefruit juice and caramel. classic easy drinker and it doesn’t numb my mouth like the uber hoppy hop father. 7/3/7/3/15 =3.5
points added for cask version of this beer. extra creamy texture and additional hops added to the cask version 8/3/8/5/16 =4.0