IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Bistro DIPA Fest; Citrus hop nose; Slightly hazed amber with a medium white head; flavor of citrus hop bitterness. One of my least favorites from the Fest!
Sammy (9322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit colour with white head, c-hop aroma. On-tap at Port Carlsblad.A good bitter mouth-puckering amount of hops, piney and some grapefruit-like and lemon acidity in the finish. Not bad for a double IPA. Refreshing and would have again in a bottle, maybe some day.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
orange amber color. Smell of malt, hops, apricots, orange zest, grass, grapefruit, caramel and spice. Taste of pine, hops, malt, salt, oranges, orange zest, wood and flowers. Wonderful bitterness at the end. Thanks brewblackhole for sharing this great IPA.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Oíbriens on 1/19/07. Pours cloudy yellow with a thin bright white head. The aroma was extremely hoppy and piney with a definite wood feeling. There are trade offs always when beer is consumed in sequnce with other brews. I had this after drinking a pint of pliny the younger and in comparison this tasted thin. It is not thin I imagine but it tasted that way. Still this brew has a nice kick and is less hoppy but potentially more complex than pliny.
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at OíBrienís. Los of pine and citrus aromas off this orange/yellow pour with smallish head. Flavors were very similar with nice malt backing. A very nice double IPA.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very citrusy ,piney hop aroma,taste features the entire gamut of hop flavorscitrus floral and grainey, spectacular hop fireworks show, malt simply for backup,,very satisfying bitter finish, not enough malt presence to be ranked among the best,but a real hopheads delight . Hand bottled and shipped to perfection by Awaisanen
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask @ the Linkery, San Diego, CA. Delicious. Aroma is pure floral hops. Smells extremely fresh. This beer is very balanced, and VERY pizza port. Nearly perfect in every regard.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Carlsbad location. Light golden pour with a nice transparency and a thin layer of white, wispy head. Well constructed west coast hops aroma thats dripping with orange zest, honey, and a nice piney floral spice. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The citrusy characters have a nice fruity quality to them and come on with a subtle floral touch. The finish brings out plenty of bitterness, but its not overly pungent - very well balanced and rounded. Pleasantly bittered - the hop choices create quite a satisfying impression of oranges and grapefruits while holding back the harsh dimensions that can sometimes pollute the style. Clean, well balanced finish with a touch of citrusy sweetness.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Both awaisanen and I remarked at how many people rated this so highly, but when I saw my own notes they reflected the true quality of the beer, so I guess this is a real gem. Spicy aroma, full of cilantro-like cascades and more resins. Nice. Clear and clean deep golden pour. Flavor is an incredibly profuse and floral flavor, with malt taking a backseat to some of the more upfront and delicious hop characters Iíve seen in a while. It ranges from piney floral qualities to sweet Meyer lemon zest and a blossom of honeyish ruby red grapefruit syrup. Lots of resin and whole hop character amagamating to create some beautifully spicy runs. The sugars arenít sticky and cloying, yet only assist the beer nicely in bring a wonderful hop pack. A whole lot of fresh white grapefruit juice shows itself in a grass-inflected smack.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alpha King Competition 2006: Poured a golden amber color. The aroma was big on the hops and smelled so fresh. Big on the citrus and pine with grapefruit and orange components. Malty and hoppy flavor mixed nicely together. Citrus notes ran the full length of the beer. There was great balance to this beer. It was one of my favorites of the competition.