NachlamSie (2733) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint from nitro tap at the brewpub. What a weird concept. Iím not sure that an IIPA necessarily benefits from nitrogen, but it is definitely different and this was still a damn good beer. After a minute for the cascading to settle in my glass, Iím left with a burnt orange-boded beer with a perfectly symmetrical off white head. The hops are powerful, crisp and clear in the nose. Mainly grapefruit with assorted herbs. I canít get over the creamy palate, my mind isnít used to processing this mouthfeel with the extreme hoppiness. The grapefruity bite lingers with a long, dry finish. This is a seriously resinous beer, as well. Iíd definitely drink this again.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at brewpub. †Pours golden with thick white head. †Nice floral aroma. †Huge resin taste. † Bought growler and easy drinking by the pool. †Drinking the next day, huge hop aroma and taste. Great beer.
Also had this beer on nitro, called PP Poor Vato on Nitro. Awesome. †Cask mouthfeel is unreal. Rivals Hop Suey. †PP knows how to make IPAís. †
brokensail (10642) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a white head. The nose is quite resinous with lots and lots of pine. A strong citrus peel and grapefruit. Just a touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor is a bit sweet, but there is so much pine. The nitro gives it a light water note, but the intense pine and grapefruit provide a nice flavor.
Earlier Rating: 2/21/2010 Total Score: 4
A: The pour is a hazy goldenrod color with a fluffy white head.
S: Amazing citrus and tropical fruit notes. There is a ton of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, along with a mild pine aroma. This is very reminiscent to some of the other great west coast IPAs.
T: Pretty much what you would expect from this beer considering the nose. A very fruity DIPA with quite a bit of sweetness, but at the same time, a very refreshing bitterness to it on the finish.
M: The body is medium to full and thereís a fairly high level of carbonation.
D: The beer doesnít taste or smell overly boozy, but you can definitely get a gauge for its strength after enjoying a couple pours. Still, a delicious beer and one that I would have again.
douglas88 (5832) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery in Carlsbad. Pours a copper color with a medium white head. The aroma is huge dank weed, loads of fruit. The flavor is damn good; no heat, clean, huge balance, super dank, lingering bitterness, caramel, light oranges. Damn good.
Peacehammer (617) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 Normal Draft, perfect pale orange. Big pine, and fruity hops. Tons of bitter fruit flavor. Bitter and dry. Everything you want in a west coast IPA
on nitro, cream gold pour and typical nitro cream head. Fresh citrus an fruit hop aroma, with some strong bitterness in the background. Thick and smooth body, very clean and easy to drink with some finishing buttering hops. Iíve never had an IPA on nitro before and Iím quite impressed
dnstone (2134) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong hoppy aroma with a great malt complement. Golden in color. Just a good IPA with a piney hop finish.
Notes: GABF í09
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On nitro at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Creamy nitro head. Big clingy bubbles and heavy carbonation. Nose is mild butter (not diacetyl) with sugar and sweet yellow fruits with sharp durian, jackfruit, and cantaloupe. Taste is a bit mealy apple, sweet cantaloupe, bitter Asian melon skins. Huge sheets of nitro lace remain. Pretty intense. Longer bitter aftertaste. Alcohol becomes evident. Palate is powdery and super nut skin bitter.
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Earlier Rating: 7/9/2010 Total Score: 3.5
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Poured clear yellow with excellent sheety lacing. Dank pellet hops in the nose. Taste is bitter, earthy hops, squashy, a bit spicy, very bitter. Very dry palate.
thome50 (996) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Pint pours a semi-clear golden color with minimal white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has one of the best uses of danky hops that Iíve ever smelled. Itís so balanced with the other hop presence and some citrus notes that it really works well. I love a dank hopped beer but feel it can be a little much sometimes. Talk about a way to balance that all out. Taste is pineapple, citrus, kumquat, solid hop presence and just the right amount of malt to know it is there but not detract. Overall, this was an outstanding DIPA. Probably not giving it as much credit as it is due with the current influx of DIPAs. This batch really did seem to be the best Iíve had from memory.
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On nitro @ Ocean Beach: Created a creamy Guinness like head with a sparking golden liquid that filled the majority of my 9 oz glass. Aroma is full of hops that suggest aromas of pine and citrus. The flavor is buttery with a bitter bite of hops that have become livelier because of the low carbonation. The finish is strange and has a perfume or metallic aftertaste that takes a few sips before I got used to it. Thanks Nate for the round.
JohnnyJ (4260) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber pour, with a thick creamy off-white head. I am pretty sure this must have been on nitro. Tropical fruit, caramel malt, moderately bitter, sweetness, and slightly boozy. Creamy nitro mouthfeel. If you like DIPA on the sweet side, but I am not a big fan of this.
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Pours a clear golden amber with fluffy white head. Juicy hops, floral, orange peel, tropical fruit, caramel malt, and toasted bread. This one is lighter, cleaner, and fruiter then hop suey, while hop suey is quite a bit sweeter.