cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (SD) - Pours a hazy one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and tropical fruit. Flavor is fruit, lightly sweetened toasted malt, and nice does of hops. Finish is not overly bitter and pretty smooth for a 2IPA. Full body, almost chewy. A very good beer.
bb (7401) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Big grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and light darker malts. Medium-plus bodied. Decent bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with rich caramel. Has that Port/San Diego big sticky caramel backing.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours orange amber, topped with a modest sized white head. Aroma of pine, fresh squeezed orange juice, caramel and pineapple. Flavor begins in a very nondescript fashion, with caramel and tropical fruit. Hefty piney hops, metallic notes and peppermint gradually hit the palate and stick around for a lengthy finish. Body is thinner than anticipated. This just doesn’t do it for me.
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color with a thin frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is piney fruity resiny hops - a little on the subdued side.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits followed by a big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. There’s a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is kind of watery.
Overall, other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid DIPA. It’s well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2011 Interesting pour to say the least; an almost murky, rusty, dark copper color with notable effervescence and a beige, fizzy, average head which is mostly lasting, leaving a nice creamy layer, but leaves some tight, sporadic lace. Nose is pleasantly intriguing; resins are notes first (lightly piney), some solventy hop notes, kiwi and other tropical fruit, pink grapefruit and light grapefruit peel, pepper, light bready yeast (sweet breads), and a rauch smoke note in there too. Flavor is much of the same with a nearly moderate malt base; kiwi and mango pop up right away, similar pine resins and light solventy hops, caramel notes filter in behind the hops and bitterness, light sweet bread notes from the yeast and the malts, faint smoke, citrus hops of tangerine and pink grapefruit, and peppery hops sit in the background until the finish. Palate is awesome with a full body, velvety and sticky texture, a lively carbonation, lightly oily hop presence, and a mild alcohol warmth. Bitterness is nearly high but seems less at times due to the malt presence and the complexity. Finishes mostly bitter, full of spicy hops, resins and faint smoke lingering, and the citrus, tropical, and sweet notes just disappearing in time. Just as I have come to expect from Port and Lost Abbey, an exceptional beer. So complex, and the the flavors just worked well for me. Not just another over-the-top IIPA, but had some other aspects of the beer to complement all the hop notes. To me, it is kind of like Stone’s 10th Anniversary IIPA with a nice hop bitterness, supporting malt notes, lots of tropical fruit, complexity to go around, and just enough wamrth. Not a IIPA style that everyone likes but a marvel in my book.
thornecb (4789) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Beige head recedes to hug rim leaving no lacing. Alcohol-soaked pineapple and mango aromas. Heady. Upfront sweet syrupy tropical fruit quickly turning to a sharp, dry alcohol resin burn.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from NYbeer. Thanks Steven! Orange body with a big off white head. The aroma is grassy, with hints of apricot and light citrus. The body is full with very light carbonation. The taste is mellow overall with not nearly as much hop presence as I was expecting. Flavors are apricot, melon and a definite caramel malt presence.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours cloudy dark orange with light beige head, no lace. Aroma of resinous pine hops, Taste is really piney, with some light citrus, and a much lighter malty sweetness. Kind of messy off-balanced piney brew. Finish is expectedly bitter. Mouth is full and sticky. Overall, a big IIPA with little balance. Not offensive, but not that good either.
TheEpeeist (3524) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a pocked bone head. Nose is tangerine, mandarins, toffee and some pine. Medium body with faint carb. Taste features cantaloupe and peach but mostly grapefruit. Citrus peel and pith with increased bitterness. Spicy finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Todd for sharing. Muddy light amber pour thick white head and drippy lace. Piney aroma. Grapefruit and piney hop flavors. Slightly resinous