cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2009 On tap at Daily Pint, Santa Monica, 7/6/09. Pours nice amber with very strange vanilla butter aroma. Nice bitterness with sweet balanced. This is an incredibly creamy and sweet IPA and I am wondering if they added lactose sugars. Interesting anniversary brew, but certainly not the best I’ve had from Port/LA.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
These guys sure know how to make a solid DIPA - of course they’re from CA, so that’s no huge surprise.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden. Hazy amber with fothy and firm white foam. Rich harmonic fruity and hoppy aroma of mango, apricots, lychee, pine-apples, grapefruit and resin. Full-bodied with fresh fruity and hoppy notes of resin, mango, star fruit, resin and mild white pepper.Long sticky and really bitter finish of resin grapefruit and sugar with dryish peppery notes from the alcohol. Cool sing along aroma but quite some hoppy alcoholic fierce in the aftertaste.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick orange copper pour with a small white head that left some lacing. Aroma is ripe citrus, pine, and honey. Flavor is much more malty than expected and also presents herbal qualities that seemed out of place. Had an almost an candied lemondrop presence and too much caramel. Chewy...not as good as the 2nd.
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of GandGKevin at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Brilliant copper pour. Aroma is hoppy and vibrant. Some caramel and malt in the nose backup the hop assault. Taste is herbal and minty at times with strong citrus notes, pine needles, sweet malts, and chewy caramel. Body is thick and chewy and resinous at times. More mint and pine oils during the finish along with citrus fruits and caramel. Very tasty!
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at tasting with Uncle Steve, Beer Pimp Brian, Lord celticbrew, and the Master of Disaster, Drbayern.
Poured a light copper color, somewhat cloudy. The head was minimal, and became a lacy edge. The hops dominated the aroma. The hops flavor was very nice, and the bittering on the back side was impressive.
yespr (39114) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at the brewery. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Solid hoppy and fruity aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Solid malt base with a distinct sweetness. Solid hoppy and fruity flavoured. Thick and solid brew. Unusual combo though wth that abv.
jstraw (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 Hazy orange-gold with big, foamy, off-white head / Dusty, nose of oranges, bread, and pine / Medium to full body, lush and creamy with some sweetness, biting hops, and with good, bitter, finish. Alcohol well balanced / Muted flavors of orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine, and brown sugar / Improved over 09 by my notes. Lacking the bright flavors of the best, although I am assuming that this bottle (from Binny’s) is a recent release.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours beautifully into an opaque yet juicy orange body as if actually a piece of the fruit with a wonderfully consistent half inch white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy: apricot and citrus preserves, powerful grapefruit, pine resin and thistles, slightly mapley caramel, graham cracker, slight licorice root, perhaps a dash of cinnamon, and obvious alcohol. Flavor is initially a mellow caramel and dried fruits sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by citric hop resin, and then very powerful pine bitterness, there is a strong alcohol kick and then a somewhat milder citric finish. Palate is unquestionably full of hop oil and therefore wonderfully full and creamy, bitter and appetizing. Not to mention quite warming.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2010 Rating #500 - Pours a deep orange color with a very thin white head. Aroma has a sweet profile, some apricot notes, a heavy dose of citrus and pine resin, a light dose of caramel malt and a pronounced grain alcohol type finishing aroma. The beer begins with a grapefruit citrus hops note followed by a more pronounced piney note. The middle has a hot alcohol kick in the middle but as the alcohol subsides a very smooth dried apricot sweetness kicks in and finishes with a smooth caramel malt flavor. The brew has a very very dense feel with a mod/high, fine carbonation and a heavy sugary feel. The head leavves a fantastic layered lacing look on the glass. Overall a great aroma and flavor are found in this brew but the alcohol is so strong that it creates a bit of a harsh fusel alcohol note right dab in the middle of the tasting, which is hard to avoid and is the only real downfall of this brew. (7-22-09)
4th Year Anni- Pours a dark orange color with a quick fading white head, slight haze to the brew and almost zero carbonation. Aroma has a strong caramel nose, a decent amount of fruity grape and apple notes, alcohol, grainy, mild grassy hops notes and finishes with a light orange note. Flavor has a strong alcohol note that carries through the entire tasting. Early caramel sweetness followed up by a grassy hops note. Finishes with an orange sweetness and mild dryness. Body is light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall a decent brew but still a bit unbalance and the alcohol seems to dominate the brew making it a bit harsh at times in the flavor. A=5 App=5 F=6 Pal=3 Over=13