thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a two finger off white head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing present. The smell is floral pine and grapefruit over a sweet malty presence. Full bodied the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and conditioned by the high intensity hops. There is a balance sweet malty character as well. Full flavored, the sweet malt and piny taste combination yields to a grapefruit after taste that linger appropriately. Iím not sure what style this is more true to; an IPA or a Double IPA...no, i take that back. This rivals many high end double ipas.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very sharp citrusy with minor pine aroma. Flavour is very hoppy with a slight alcohol burn... one dimensional. A little unbalaned, would be good to have just a little more in the malt department. Cheers!
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy deepamber/orange color with a big white head. Very hoppy aroma - lots of both pine and citrus. Flavor is much the same, with some malt coming through a bit. Definitely on the bitter side. Really solid brew.
OldMrCrow (2215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Bomber.
I wrote out one review for this guy, but apparently it went straight to my head and I never hit Add Rating. So hereís a redo.
Big nose of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango hops. Taste is just a notch off but quite good, providing an altogether very enjoyable beer that gets really good as I get into the bottle. Maybe next time around Iíll be able to leave a few more details here and not rely on a days-old memory. 4/8/7/4/16
7-8/09 Impressive in a couple of on-tap visits at Fiddlerís, lots of apricot. Head to head against Pliny it is remarkably similar, but marred with a more chemical flavor and less fresh-herbal goodness. Still, heck of a beer. Letís give it a bit of a bump from the previous 3.9.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bomber. Pours to a hazy, amber to orange color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer just explodes with zesty and pungent citrus hop aromas that hit you from a mile away. The palate is firm, with a base of pale and caramel malt that leads into lots of good citrus hop flavors, that dance on the palate on a zing of carbonation. This beer finishes with more pale malt and zesty hop up front, then ends with a very zesty, citrus hop blast that lingers. A bit one dimensional, but hopheads will be loving that dimension. This beer is hop blast, and just sceams West Coast IPA. I love AIPAs like this beer. They make for a great hop cocktail, and a nice aperitif or after work beer to unwind with.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle - pours cloudy orange with slight white head; subtle aromas for an IPA, but they lead to very rich malt flavors that have just a lovely texture and smooths out the hops; IMO, basically the opposite of the NW style IPA that iíve grown accustom to lately, but a very silky one thatís every bit as good
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle at Zeno’s. 10-20% opaque orange body with a huge white head, the foam billowing up the sides of the glass and out of the bottle as well. Fruity, floral Belgian yeast nose, with grassy, starchy hop notes, and soapy, medicinal notes as well. Flavor is sharp, dry, straw hops and pasty, metamucil flavored yeast. High effervescence, far too carbonated. Overall it’s ok to below average. Has problems.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer spills forth from the 22 ounce bottle a clear golden orange with a creamy white head that piles high on the body of the beer as it degrades to nothing but a thin seal, the lace forms a blanket upon the glass. ďAh that SmellĒ, hops in all their glory, sweet malt and a nice fresh crispness that I find mouthwatering, start is sweet with a pleasing malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice hop spicy bite, sweetness still there, alcohol bitterness, and a delicate acidity with the aftertaste quite dry, a darn good IPA in my humble opinion.
thewolf (11651) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [thanks to my friend Maria for bringing this from the States]
Pours a very clear golden with a medium foamy white head that leaves a little lacing. Stunningly complicated hoppy aroma. There is pine, grapefruit, pineapple, grass as well as a doughy maltiness behind it. Flavour is surprisingly mellow - a wonderful balance between fruityness from hops and a nice sweetness. Stings in my cheeks just the right way! Great IPA!
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Iíd like to thank Tronraner for making this possible. The pour is a cloudy dark gold with a very tall white head that remains for the duration of the drink. Lots of wonderful, clean hop aroma on this one. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, orange, you name it, itís here. Itís not overly aggressive like some other west coast IPAís, but it is most certainly robust and very deep. The flavor is rich and drying with flavors of lemons, grapefruit, pine. This ale is bitter, but not piercingly so. Malts are right on to attempt to wet the palate a little, but definitely lose the fight against the massive hop depth. This is a stand out, new school, American IPA. Very well done.