mkgrenwel (532) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong piney hop flavor. Quite a bit of sticky resin all over the palate. Bitter everywhere. Impressively bittered. Harsh and abrasive, in a good way; that’s chinook for you. Still sweet, but all the malt flavor seems to be really watery and light. Hop bitterness is there, but flavor is faded. It is december, so freshness may be an issue. Surprisingly none of the grassy flavor I expected from a fresh hopped beer. Interesting balance of hops and light malt make it a light, refreshing, flavorful hop bomb. This bottle seems perhaps slightly undercarbonated. It was overfilled, so that would make sense.
after4ever (5854) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours crystal clear medium gold with a towering, fluffy platinum blonde head. Ample puffy lace. Light spicy piney hops on the nose--you really have to dig for them, though. It’s already almost December...gotta suppose that this is an old bottle and that 8 weeks ago, especially if it were in SD, this would have rated 15-20% higher. Probably 15-20% higher across the board, actually. Medium, fairly flat body. Not much happening on the mid-palate; some sweet pine and maybe a dab of caramel with some clingy resin for the finish. Count this one as the letdown of the week.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange, big foamy whiate head. Big sticky piney resiny hop nose. Huge hop flavors up front, nice mix of citrusy grapefruit and resiny spruce. Very earthy, sticky, and long aftertaste.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge fresh citrus and pine with herbal notes as well. Gold color with lasting white head and great lacing. This is a San Diego IPA through and through. Straight bitter. Pine and grapefruit are the strongest hops noticable with some herbal earth and lemon. Not alot of malt backbone. Not too heavy. Long lasting dry bitterness. Awesome with spicy food. This might be my favorite San Diego IPA!
demitriustown (1027) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber (Trade with ib4ib, Thanks!) Aroma has a really pungent hop aroma. Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scent intermingle in the aroma to really make it have a almost fruit drink like aroma. Pours a hazy orange with a long lasting fluffy white head. Flavor is nicely bitter with the hoppy grapefruit taste coming to the forefront then rounding out to a more acidic lemon taste in the aftertaste. Nicely bitter and surprisingly pungent. Overall, This is a really drinkable and enjoyable IPA in my honest opinion. Not as pungent as the Impy cousin but this stuff just tastes good. Cheers!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral tropical fruit nose with a touch of sweet malt poking thru. Grassy and herbal palate, very oily and resinous. The hops pull every last drop of moisture out of you. Mildly sweet and herbal finish.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orangy-gold and clear, with a modest half-finger head of white.
Some spotting of lacework remained for the duration, as well as a whispy coating on the surface.
Aromatics are pungently floral, with plenty of tropical fruit and resinous dew. Definately showing off the distinct grassy, sweet, oily hop profile found in fresh hop ales.
Mouthfeel is medium and very crisp. Drying and mildly stinging from the bitterness, albeit very smooth.
The pallet is juicy and sticky, with plenty of drying crispness and sappy resin.
Very light malt and well attenutated, with alcohol that starts to warm, but in check enough keep the brew from being a full fledged IIPA.
Plenty of tangerine, grapefruit zest, and lupulin powder.
Damn tasty and extremely quaffable, and the restrained bitterness and alcohol keep you coming back for more.
At $9.00 per 22oz bottle though, (which is like a $27.00 six pack) it will not be a repeat purchase.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz. Thick blonde pour. Fresh, spicy aromas of coriander and mint, wet and lively, in front. Caramel, pineapple, creme brulee and touches of burnt popcorn underneath. Flavors of peach skins, white pepper, dandelion, and bold bitterness that has a pure citrus rind character. Resinous it is not, though certainly dripping with wet tropical hoppiness. Palate is creamy, medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Orange juice, rind, and explosive bitterness, sparking and expanding with bold strength. Kissed with the extreme sweet tang of nectarine. Lovely. Thanks for sharing, Ryan!
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a murky, yellowish-brown color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Pleasant, resiny wet hops in the aroma (passion fruit, minerals); resiny and sticky without being overly bitter. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: viscous, sticky hoppiness that follows the nose; plenty of floral and citrus wet hop character; tempered sugar and doughy malts underneath. Lengthy, bitter citrus and mineral finish; plenty of dough.
drfabulous (3560) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very crisp IPA. Solid hops. Bitter taste lingers just right. Bit of that fruit taste I like in an IPA. Another excellent Port beer.