JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Thanks to notalush and apoptosis for sharing this. Bright orange-red beer with a thin white head. Incredibly fresh hoppy aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, grape, sweet mango and pineapple. Just a massive amount of juicy fruity hops. The body is quite lean and there is quite a bit of peppery ethanol that seems to dominate the flavour. Peppery with a lot of hoppy pine aroma. The promise made by the aroma isnít quite delivered by the flavour, but itís still a tasty IPA.
danem (14) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours a dark yellow color, small white head from the tap. Extreme floral nose with piney citrus notes. Mouthfeel is clean and fresh. Very hoppy but not overly bitter. Long, lingering finish. A great IPA, but a bit one dimensional.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Floral hop bomb in both the aroma and flavor. A light brown color with some sourness.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drafted at OíBriens. This beer may have all of the qaulities I enjoy in a brew. Pine with grapfruit tones throughout. They get better as the beer warms, and its delicious to the last drop. I wanted more, but it was time to go.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Aroma of fresh grapefruit and pungent, bitter PNW hops. Rubbing alcohol and tangerine. Taste is a lot more mellow, more tangerine and kumquats, quite sessionable. Bitterness and astringency is a bit over the top.
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 (4752) - 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 (3206) - 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 (3324) - 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.