alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a growler courtesy of bgburdman9 @ DLD 4/28/07. Thanks. Pours a clear amber color with a smaller off white head. The aroma is all hops, mainly citrus and grassy. The flavor is again full of hops: citrus, pine, and grass. The malt is more than strong enough to balance everything out. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Another great west coast IPA/IIPA.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber with off white head. Aroma of strong earthy hops. Flavor was much of the same with some citrus hints. Not as smooth as the yulesmith summer but still very good.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A profound hop experience is right! First off, gotta give a shout out to Joey over at SouthBayDrugs& Liquors.com for sending me a heavenly box of California Dreamin.
Now the beer.
Pours a dark amber color with some reddish tones. Smell is hops. From the moment you pop the cap until the empty glass. Lots of juicy hops. There are a lot of hops in this beer, but enough malt to provide the perfect backdrop for this massive beer. Plenty of juicy, grapefruity and citrus hops come through in the taste. The mouthfeel is bitter, tongue-numbing and quite pleasant, albeit strong. This should be the West Coast hop-bomb flagship. This was very enjoyable and had no problem finishing the bomber. Wish I had more.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Reddish amber pour with good head retention. Pretty clean. Ripe Ruby Red grapefruit nose mixed with lots of piney hops. Grilled pineapples in the tatse. Nice finish, a bit pithy.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RFD Pizza Port/Port/Lost Abbey tastin 6/20 - Itís hoppy(understatement of the day). I canít imagine what a 3+ hour boil would be like. But Iím assuming you get this
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to boboski for the taste. Big hoppy, pine, grapefruit aroma that just beats you in the head (in a good way). Pungent and spicy hop bitterness, but at no time did I feel like I could not drink it. This is just a wonderful beer.
aracauna (3189) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is quite possibly the most authentic grapefruit hop aroma ever. Very hoppy aroma. The hops dominate the flavor, but the malt keeps it from going off-kilter.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of WeeHeavySD.Hmm lets see, hops on the nose, hops on the flavor and hmm, hops on the finish.Yep its a hoppy one.Pours golden with grapefruit, hoppy aroma.Full on hop flavor with a hoppy bitter finish.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is very strong and very hop filled. Lots of juicy flower and citrus hops with a tad bit of pine. The flavour is very malt filled but the malt flavours donít have a chance in all of the hops. Thereís just so much its like drinking fresh hop juice.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 bomber......aroma: very sweet and aromatic. flowery hops in addition to a strong citrus component. malt comes through as well......appearance: medium brown and somewhat orange too. thin but evident slightly off white head.....taste: with having the pliny earlier today, this one came through on taste more so than the aforementioned. huge on the hop. citrus and pineapple, pine, citus rind in the finish, malt in between. all aound very nice brew. out of the westcoast ipas, i would rate this one behind alesmith ipa in terms with all around enjoyability.