BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wet hops (Centennial) on tap at Obriens. Dark orange hue, sticky lacing. Fruity and caramel nose with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is balanced with a fair heft of bready and crystal malts, floral hops are quite bitter into the finish, hints of grass and chalk. Medium body with biting carbonation. Surpisingly malty IPA with a nice burst of wet hop flavors.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at San Clemente. One of the least impressive IPAs I’ve had from the franchise. Starts with a really odd moldy watermelon juice aroma and tart, acidic hops. Flavor is fine - resiny hops, nice clean malt. But the overall effect is non-optimal, especially because it doesn’t taste like a wet hop and is the most expensive pint they have.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/3/09 notes: on tap, brewpub. Pours a vibrant orange-amber, with a little head. Aroma displays fresh hops that lean towards a blend of herbal and floral varieties (this beer was unfortunately served to the brim in a pint glass, and you know how aroma goes in that drinking vessel). Flavor is surprisingly subdued and balanced. Hops upfront, a spicy, earthy blend, which moves into a sweeter mid-palate, closing with moderate bitterness and more spicy qualities. The aftertaste also suggests sweet lemon and blossoms, which is interesting. A nice pale ale, though I guess I was expecting something different . . .
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 On tap @ San Clemente. Clear golden amber with a one finger off-white head, good retention. Lots of floral hops in the nose with some citrus and sweet caramel behind. The flavor is a lot like eating flowers--maybe roses and lavender? I didn’t get near that kind of "floralness" from the aroma. Reminds me of hitting the Surly hookah @ the Great Taste (rose tobacco). Wow. Semi-dry with bitterness @ a 5. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium-light body. Best wet hopped beer I’ve had, and quite unique--I must find out what hops they used. Update--they used 100% Centennial hops. Makes sense to me because the hops do remind me of super fresh Two Hearted. Update--had this a week later and the hops turned very earthy and had lost a lot of the perfumey floral notes that I had so loved. Not changing the score, though!
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at O’Brien’s. Very nice aromas. Sweet smelling. Very tight head. Smooth finish. Would have thought I was having this on cask. Hoppy flavors too. Not bad.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
OC Tour, tap at brewpub: Golden hue with frothy sticky lace. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal and resiny hop, clove, caramel and bready, apricot and apple esters. The taste has biting bitterness over bready malts. A bit metallic and band-aid. Lack the depth of the other two beer I enjoyed. The hop profile was nondescript.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at PP San Clemente. Nice white head with light citrus and hops aromas. Clean hop bitterness with fresh floral accents. Pleasant on the palate. Fine IPA.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’briens. Nice hop flavors with some pine and citrus. Finishes dry and a little tart. Very good.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ O’briens Wet Hop festival. The best beer of the night (and we had several). Super fresh, hoppy aroma. Flavor was all hops and that’s exactly what I wanted.
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off the cask @ O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival 2K7. One of my favorite fresh hopped ales of the evening. Just too fresh for my stale words to reflect. Pungent, hoppy and sticky... like a sack of weed. Went down smooth and would have gotten me all fuckered up if I weren’t trying out that "responsibility" witchcraft nonsense.