riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish orange with a beige head. Intense floral aroma with some noticable sweet malt. Huge upfront bitterness. Hops are mostly floral and piney. Very dry and resiny long after the sip is finished. There is some alcohol warmth as well.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Clemente Pizza Port. Good amount of pine in this one, otherwise it is a pretty standard IIPA.
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at San Clemente location; flavor was alot of fruit and caramel; pretty sweet actually. Good balance; solid but not spectacular.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap @ the brewpub as well as the following growler. Pours a clear orange with a 1/4 finger light yellowish beige head. Aroma of tangerines, pineapple, lemons, and some caramel biscuity malts. Very good. Some pine and scorched caramel are the main differences from the taste--tangerines, oranges, pineapple, and some caramel make up the rest of the flavor. Bitterness peaks @ a 6-7 our of 10. This growler is a week old so I can’t blame the pretty low carbonation. Medium to full body. Kick ass beer.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at O’Brien’s. Very hoppy aromas. Fruity more than floral. Hazy orange with no head (that may have been the bar wench’s fault). Very full body. Very malty up front which led to an excellent juicy hoppiness on the finish. Some sort of spice it seemed in the middle with a shot of strawberry ....really? ...huh! ...different, but very very good.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at GABF 06
Amber colored pour w/ hints of orange and a small off white head that laces prety well. Aroma is nice w/ a good amount of sweetness carmels and almsot sugars a well hopped aroma as well mostly grapefruit some orange skins and definate pine notes. Full well coated palate lightly creamy. Flavor has lots of carmels some piney resins, some apricots and other light fruits. Very good stuff.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 06, Taste on this beer was pretty sweet for an IPA, but still pretty tasty with plenty of citrus hop flavor. Not an assertive bitterness, but it’s enough.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Golden amber in color with a thin head. Very fruity hops aroma without an abundance of the citrus and pine notes one usually gets in beers such as this--berries instead--very interesting. Dried apricot dominate the fruity hop profile along with a bit of sweetness. Not a strong malt body despite the sweetness. A medium body overall with well balanced alcohol character.
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Pizza Port San Clemente poured a cloudy copper with a small dissapating off white head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine and a hint of grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied dry and resiny. Flavors of carmel, pine and a hint of orange with a dry bitter finish.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great example of a strong hop character DIPA. Interesting hop aroma and taste. This beer actually improves with aging (drank one growler after 2 months of time in the fridge) and it becomes more smooth tasting (while maintaining the strong bitterness I love.)