trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ O’Brien’s. Pours clear darker gold with a frothy white head. Tangy aroma of pine, lemon peel, grapefruit, and grass. Sharp, biting taste. More grapefruit and fresh pine sap, with oranges, pepper, and apricot flavors. No real malt flavors to speak of, but as IIPA’s go, was not out fo balance. Loved it.
DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Copper, small head. Rig, rough, biting hops. Citrus, bitter tropical fruit rind, alcohol. Not the most balanced to me...a hearty finish.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Porrt. Golden amber with a fizzy wite head. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel aroma. Huge citrus and pine taste with a big bitter bite and a floral hoppy finish.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OC Tour, tap at brewpub: Golden hue with a small head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of herbal and piney hops, clove and flowery, grapefruit, lemon rind, caramel and bready malts. The taste has a nice balance of sweet malt and sharp hop bitterness along with grapefruity acidity. There was a hint of hay as it warmed. The mouth feel is smooth and lively, very refreshing for a big beer. Seemed fresh and was quite yummy. Get ya some.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at PP San Clemente. Dark amber pour....medium whitish head....very translucent. Nice citrus hop nose...super light tropical fruit notes...gets your attention. Great hop bomb with just enough malt to back things up....medium bodied and sticky...great bitterness in the end. Not the best I’ve ever had, but good enough to warrant bringing a growler back to the hotel room! Another great PP brew!!
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad for an update rating after the SAF 07. Appearance is really the only complaint I have here. Fizzy draft pour, just some small bubbly lace and no head. Killer aroma of pine sap, grapefruit and orange rind! Malt in the aroma is very well-balanced against the floral hop notes. Citrus notes are prominent in the flavor, with a superb hops resin bitterness to finish things off. Some lemon and rum fruitcake in there as well. Very nice crisp finish that evens out the beer nicely. This is what I look for in a good IIPA!
marcus (9213) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego. This amber ale poured with a decent beige head.The flavor starts off sweet and malty with a sharp hop bite at the finish. It’s crisp and clean with a citrus kind of feel. Altogether a nicely balanced ale.
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this one. Had it at the SoSun hop harvest 2007. It was the first of the lot so maybe had a bigger impression than the others...but this is the bomb! Great citrus and pine flavor with a nice bitterness to follow. Very well balanced and quaffable for an 8’er.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at O’Briens. Arrived a bright clear medium amber color, with a small white head and spotty lace. Aroma is primarily of brash citrus and evergreen, with pine oil and spicy notes. Flavor of orange juice, grapefruit rind, dusty pine needles - this is an unrepentant hop bomb - leaves a puckering finish. Medium to full body with light carbonation.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
opaque dark yellow, this white head, sweet citrus hop aroma, solid hop flavor, nice balanching sweet malt, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20