trevor211 (1440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light - a pale, cloudy honey color. Hops on the nose right away - and strong hops, to boot. A lot of citrus in the aroma, with a bit of other fruits - grapefruit for sure, and Iíd swear someone dropped a bit of pomegranate in there. Initial flavor is disappointing - it isnít big enough for a "massively hoppy beer." The taste lingers, though, and builds into a nice IPA after a few more sips. The flavor is more piney than the aroma - not much of the citrus comes through. Good overall, but I want more than a "nice" IPA - I keep sipping more, hoping for a more complex, more intense flavor - and it doesnít come.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Clear bronze amber with off-white head. Slight citrus aroma with light sweetness. Big bubblegum flavor with grapwfruit, pine, sweet abd awesome. Medium bodied and creamy. Awesome IPA.
highibus (756) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz from Plaza Liquors. Pours a beautiful copper color. Huge aroma of spicy and fruity hops. Nice somewhat chewy texture with a good malt backbone to go with the insane hops. One of my favorite IPAís.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured carefully, this awesome brew comes out a clear, medium orange-amber color. A large, creamy, off-white head sticks around for ages, leaving thick sheets of lace behind. The first thing you notice about the aroma is the creaminess. This thing is hoppy, with citrus being the primary component, but incredibly creamy caramel malts cut right through the orange hoppiness. The flavor echoes those same sentiments, with big orange hops blending absolutely perfectly with heavy cream, creating what is essentially a citrus hop milkshake. The body is perfect. Plain and simple...just perfect. Its substantially full and smooth as silk. I couldnít ask for anything more for the mouthfeel. This brew shows excellent balance from start to finish. Its as flavorful as a double IPA, but as easy drinking and sessionable as a smooth, well balanced, regular IPA. What more can I say? San Diego continues to pump out the most consistently solid IPAs in the country.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like wet leather - Nice looking, very caramelly malt base with a huge hop flower presence. Kind of fruity and sweet. Mildly bittered but heavily hopped, lots of hop complexity - hard to distinguish all components. Nice drink.
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber purchased from Capones. Pours a very hazy orange/amber with a HUGE foamy white head that slowly disipates and left some serious lace on the side of my glass. Huge grapefruit aroma that was easily detectable from three feet away as soon as I opened the bottle. Chewy mouthfeel with a very dry and bitter finish, seems almost like an IIPA. While this beer was still on the cold side the flavor was all over the place, lots of grapefruit, grainy bread and alcohol that didnít meld well at all but seemed to be competing for first place in the strength department. As it warmed the three flavors found harmony and it melded quite nicely. Very good indeed.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a solid IPA. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Big time citrus aroma, with scents of grapefruit standing out. Medium bodied, well balanced, and somewhat smooth - with good citrus hop flavors throughout. Nice!!
Suttree (5591) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery orange, decent sized white head. Big hop aroma, big hop flavor, exactly what Iíve come to expect in a Southern Cal IPA. Nice mix of earthy and fruity hops with a unobtrusive malt backbone.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Old rating discovered in a dusty pile of forgotten notes.) Thanks to aspidites for this!. Pours dark gold. Medium body and carbonation. Aroma and taste of every permutation of hops. Resinous finish.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from local liquor store. Pours a cloudy unfiltered amber-gold color with an ample sudsy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is strong with citrus and a touch of caramel. The Flavor is hops forward with biter hops dominating the show, adding to that biter is a fair amount of citrus flavors (mostly lemons and some grapefruit), pine oil and some sour grapes. The caramel that was hinted at in the aroma never is fully realized in the taste. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth; the carbonation is lively and effective. This beer finishes long and bitter hoppy. Overall: This is a biter hops lovers beer-- all others need not apply. Recommended