HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours qwith a oraneg to copper color and a small head. Standard West Coast IPA, with strong aromas of grepfruit and hops. Bitter flavors with a bitter finish, fairly one dimensional, average.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber in color with tan head. Aroma citrus hops and oranges. Taste bitter hops and grapefruit with bitter finish.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber, no date from South Bay Drugs for $8. Hazy golden orange with a 1/2 finger yellowish white head, fading to a thick ring and thin film. Lots of tropical, melon, and citrus fruity hops up front--only a hint of pine and some floral hops as well.. There is also plenty of bready malts, honey, and some alcohol presence as well. Flavor has tons of rockin’ fruity hops--again, minimal pine but there is a little bit more resin towards the finish. Glad to see a good amount of malt and honey to attempt to bring this into balance, but hey, it’s a DIPA--or an imperial APA--whatever. Bitterness peaks at a 7 in the bone dry alcoholic earthy finish. Not ungodly alcoholic, but I can tell it’s 10% going down me throat. Full body with light prickly carbonation. Quite a tasty beer--this is more like how the rest of the country does DIPA’s that CA does not--it has a malt backbone!
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: A healthy and pleasant olfaction of west coast style hops, but this does have a bit of more balanced nose for being an imperial IPA since there is a malt and bread smell too. Poured with a delicate cover of film layered head and the ale itself was a dirty brownish orange color that was not very easy to see through. The flavor is a strong in syrup like sweetness along with a high dosage of oily green hops and sour notes of citrus from grapefruit and green unripe lemon or lime. Also, I mentioned an aroma of malts and bread but they seem to have become drowned out by the dominating hops, however, there is still a little sign that they do exist with the intense sweetness that this anniversary brings.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shiny bronze, ring of white suds atop. Nose of melon hops..smells thick and sweet. Syrupy thick sweet cantelope-like flavors with hot fruity waves of alcohol. This shit is thick, heavily sweet hop syrup...drinking it it akin to drinking maple syrup if maple syrup was bitter and carbinated...something left to a fucking retard to do. How they could put this out as an anniversary beer is beyond me...this elemental failure of a dipa akin to early 2000s, I thought we were past these types of cloying hop messes, what the fuck?
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fresh and salty right when the cap is popped off the bottle - though somewhat boozy and nothing spectacular; somewhat thick pour leans to what could be some type of barley wine; low carbonation? nah - quaffable thickness; yeah - it’s hot - it’s sweet and bitter enough, hard hitting, well-balanced, and tasty; what California does for the double IPA is this! It’s definitely an American Strong - at least.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hophead22 and Toad..Thanx for picking these up for me since I couldn’t make it!! Poured an orange copper with a white head..Smell is very sweet. Lots of different citrus fruits going on. It was like a fruit salad for my nose...Taste was pretty much the same with that nice lingering grapefruit bitterness..Very tasty Tomme!!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle graciously shared by DuffManSW. Hazy orange pour with a decent white head. Citrusy, grapefruit, aroma. Sweet, citrus flavor, lots of hops, not overwhelming though, pretty darn good.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a hazy golden color with a nice niced head. Aroma of earthy and citrus hops, with only some caramel. Some sweetness in the flavor, along with the same components. It wasn’t great for me, especially after having the 15 a little while later.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at 3rd Anniversary pre-party bottle release. Poured an amber/gold with moderate head. Aromas of pineapple orange and mango. Amazingly hopped yet balanced. Did not rip your ace off, had wonderful fruit flavors mentioned in the aroma, and a nice caramel malt background. Perfect mouthfeel. Overall a damn fine Strong Pale