nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour from the bottle revealed a frothy white head of foam not too unlike the whitewater of the surf found here in Encinitas and as depicted on the great label.The apparance was a nice golden haze as of a san diego sunrise with a natural earthy nose full of torrey pine like notes.In the mouth the hops came through lively, balanced, and bitter. The taste felt natural and organic as of drinking of the earth and grass. The drinking experience got more favorable as the large bottle was being emptied. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable IPA well above others. Oh another pleasure of living in San Diego is to have Port breweries to the North and South and so close!!!
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange pour, with a fizzy white head - huge, earthy amarillo and simcoe aroma - starts dry and extremely bitter, but this quickly makes way for an almost "british" bready malt sweetness - citrus fruits abound (naturally) - there is an almost musty, earthy quality throughout that makes things interesting - a solid, and somewhat original IPA.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of Naven. Thanks, Dave! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head with large bubbles and decent lacing. Dank, hoppy aroma: plenty of citrus and grapefruit. Full, chewy mouthfeel: dank grapefruit and orange; prominent candy sugar maltiness, which slightly overwhelms the hops; finishes on the sweet side, with plenty of grapefruit.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tall and frothy off-white head slowly bubbles itís way down over a slightly hazy, golden-orange hued body. Inviting in the íhey, this thing might have some maltí sort of way. The aroma is powerfully expressive in the hop department, rivaling monsters (and personal favorites) such as Ruination and Hercules DIPA. And yet, this aroma is sharper, more focused, clearer to me than those other two. Sure, thereís tons of hop diversity—pine, grapefruit, nectarines, peaches—but all of the elements gleam individually, which is very interesting. I only wish there was a touch less pine, but thatís just silly me. Very light caramel, table sugar and toasted sweet white bread underpin the hops without interfering. I can also detect just the faintest whiff of some catty Sauvignon Blanc. A little perfume enters the mix as it warms. Very, very bright. The flavor begins surprisingly sweet, like diluted treacle. Then a bright burst of citrus and pine flares across the tongue. Very clean, light acidity even through mid-palate. While the finish isnít the hoppiest Iíve ever experienced, itís almost bracing, very sharp and clean. Pine lingers forever. Enjoyably light bodied, with a slick texture and pinpoint carbonation. Everything comes together wonderfully in this beer, but I feel it should either be slightly more bitter or lower in alcohol. Still, the focus is hops and hops it does well. 22 oz bottle, snifter.
beerbill (3255) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of awaisanen. This beer pours the color of medium/dark honey, very cloudy, with a luscious, fluffy, yellow/white head. Massive aroma of grapefruit and pine - outstanding. Based on the aroma, I was expecting a bitter monster. I was therefore quite surpirsied with my first sip to find a well-balanced IPA with only moderate bitterness. Initially, there is some malt and a touch of brown sugar, followed by the pine and grapefruit flavors. Nice creamy mouthfeel, this IPA is super easy to drink. If this stuff were available in my area, this could easily be my beer of choice.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lively,hop heavy piney ,citrusy, aroma, it gets piner as it warms,you can detect molecules of caramel cake,but they are hard to pin down in this pine forest. taste is very strong citrus and pine ,with small pockets of caramel and brown sugar, all which gets washed into a finishing Centennial bitterness..The bitterness pretty much comes to dominate everything by the middle of the glass. Its almost a perfect IPA, hop dominant a distinct but in the background malt presence,and a tastey bitter finish, its full bodied but not chewy like an Imperial and the hop combination is to die for. Stunning
tennisjoel (1151) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is peachy mango. A sweeter flavored IPA. I also detect some tobacco notes. Not super bitter as some IPAís come across. Nonetheless, a good effort, by a highly regarded brewer.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle] Cloudy amber color, pouring out a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of nice lacing. Beautiful fresh hop aroma- the Cascade hops really seem to shine through this skunk funk aroma. Flavors are primarily citrusy, floral hops mellowing into a kind of earthy caramel malt background. The finish displays some real complexity, with some increasing bitterness and slight alcohol warmth. Overall an outstanding, extremely well balanced IPA.
JK (4238) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy gold appearance. Very nice herbal hop aroma. Flavor is bitter hops, which linger on the palate, and combine with citrus to make this a better than average ipa.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy burnt orange. Good citus hoppiness in the nose. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a biting piney hop flavor. The flavor is wonderfully balanced and the finish is killer with just enough toffee like malt sweetness to balance a brutal bitter finish.