ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bomber drunk on 11/11/06
Large, bottle conditioned white head slowly recedes to half a finger in height. Striking pure yellow-gold with only a dash of light brass. Clumps of lace are left on the edges. Clarity is high with a large amount of medium-sized bubbles coursing upwards constantly.
Bitterness is immediately noticeable in the aroma. Strong grapefruit and dry orange notes comprise most of the aroma. A pinch of pineapple and some soft melon notes, probably from the simcoe, while there is a definite catty/lemon-nectarine fruity dryness (how’s that for a descriptor) that I associate with amarillo. But still, juiciness is kept in check, too mush so, IMHO, by the high bitterness, tending lightly resinous on the end and just too full of the monotonous grapefruit. Some light dough is evident, not sure if this is yeast or malt driven, but the malt seems otherwise quite clean, some fluffy vanilla wafers and lots of honey. Medium to medium-high aroma strength, no flaws, of course, but nothing overly unique or characterful here.
Very, very bitter is the flavor. The texture is supportive, with a soft, honey-dough roundess and tight carbonation that helps break apart any potential syrupiness, but alpha acids build up heavily, with brusque, leafy, astringent white grapefruit taking over the beginning and middle and transitioning in to a heavy pine resin on the end that nearly burns the palate. Light alcohol heat evaporates the malt softness and leaves the finish perilously close to watery in places. Along the way, some pleasant fruitiness, mostly peaches, nectarines, tangerines and things of that nature, are encountered, but the attractive balance of Hop15, with the heavy focus on aroma/flavor hops and almost no focus on IBUs does not seem present here at all. Still very well-made, but just rather punishing. I agree with Darkelf, it’s hard to believe this is really this mediocre, so I will definitely be revisiting.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Holy moly this is is good. Pours with a beautiiful copper color and a medium head that lasts a long time and also has excellent lacing. Lookswise the Cindy Crawford of beers (I am showing my age). Aromas are complex, with grapefruit, lemon and some pine. Flavors is a perfect combination of malts, delicate hops and a bit of alcohol. The hops is definitely dominant but is not slapping you in the face. A masterful brew.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours a orange straw with a small white head. The nose is full of hops and sweet citrus. The taste is hoppy with cut with pine or some woodyness I’d agree with Foolish_Mortal. Also there is a bit of lingering citrus that sticks with the tongu for a while. The multiple hop varities can be distinguished at least by the fact that the hop push is not uniform it is more complex and bitter then expected.
FoolishMortal (986) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bottle. Hazy orange-yellow with large particulates, thin film of white head. Candied citrus hop aromatics combats with a heavy diacetyl butterscotch component. Sweet citrus and pine hop flavors dominate up front, slowly giving way to ruddy caramel and a floral bitterness. Residual acrid floral hop character in the finish, with a slight metallic bitterness. Mouthfeel is a light medium, rather dry.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Rich caramel color with a nice thick head. Aroma has a beautiful variety of hop goodness in there from pine to citrus to a rich bouquet of hop flowers. Taste is a full body hop blast with several hop varieties distinguishable. As expected, quality malts balance things out, but its still a monster. Brews like these are why I love beer. Another high quality west coast IPA. It really is a shame that the Alesmitths, Pizza Ports, & Bear Republics are so hard to find out East as I think they could be big hits as Stone and others have proven.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally had some pizza port! Brought to CT4 by me. Very sweet hoppy aroma that didnt seem astringent or bitter at all but very crisp and hoppy. Flavor was smooth and citrusy with a lot of oranginess but the hops did not overpower at all as it was backed up with quite a bit of caramel hops.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This offering from Pizza Port pours a cloudy dark caramel with a thick tan head. The first thought is pure west coast hope, citrus, piney, pungent but sweet floural bouquet. There is a doughy sweetness to this brew. The taste is very good, it starts bitter hard citrus notes of lemon/lime rind hit your palate then move to a soft hony caramel feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but you always get the feeling there is something more to come with this brew, fantastic!
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle:a gift from irishboy)dark orange with a thick white head that left nice lacing.awsome san deigo hop profile in the nose.flavor boasts the same with some ice tea and apricots .solid ipa.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Bottle at RB Gathering. Deep reddish in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy fruity aroma. Grapefruity piney notes. Earthy notes. Fruity malty and hoppy flavor. Apples and caramel notes. Finish is bitter and very nice. Sticky. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very nice. Very enjoyable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Last night I really enjoyed the High Tide, and the Wipeout is not disappointing. Reddish golden in color with a nice thick white head. Delicious nose is sprinkled with sweet fruit and tantalizing grapefruit. The darkness of the color lends itself to a chewier mouthfeel than its brethren with nice carbonation. Tantalizingly hoppy, very zingy, with the requisite pine, lemon, apples, with some caramel malt along for the ride. Very nice, indeed. Thanks Andy, for sure.