Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Clear medium amber-gold color with a dense medium white head. Full, resinous piney hops aroma with fresh grapefruit and mixed citrus. Full hops flavors as well with resin, pinewood, earth, dark citrus and a nice herbal grassiness over a dry malt backbone. Very crisp full body that is deceptive nimble with dry malt characteristics which take a backseat to the full, strong hops profile with clean, strong, bitter, lifting finish.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 On tap. Oh dear. Amazing! Truely amazing. Best IPA ever. So wellbalanced and great complexity. I will speak no more of this beer - just let the memories roll over me. I must go back some time - I must.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Papago: Pours to a mostly clear, though ever so slightly cloudy, bright orange-yellow colored body with a tiny (itís on cask remember), bubbly white head that quickly fades. The aroma is just awesome - fresh, juicy, ripe hops - but the hops here are much more fruity than most west coast style IPAís Iíve had (possibly due to it being on cask?). Itís just a complete noseful of juicy citrus & fruity hops, though it doesnít assault your nose and almost burn like say Dreadnaught (not that I mind that either). The taste serves well on cask - the hops are highlighted throughout, and retain the fresh, ripe, juicy & bitter flavors youíd expect from the nose, along with the intense fruity hop notes too. This oneís totally focused on the hops, but it manages to achieve a very differnt hop flavor while retaining tons of bitterness. Maybe itís just due to it being served on cask, but it really works. I canít detect any alcohol, so purely guessing Iíd put this one at about 6.5%, but itís certainly possible that itís higher and simply hiding any fusel alcohols. Normally the carbonation seems to help lighten the body, provide a crispness on the palate that helps to enhance and progress the hop flavors, but this one doesnít need it. Light-medium bodied, very moderately carbonated, finishes with extended citrus and juicy fruit hop notes. In the condition that I had this one it ranks right up there with Russian Riverís Pliney the Elder, though it is definitely its own animal.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at papago, pours a deep orange witha heathy white head. strong hop aroma with some caramel malt. Flavor is mostly citric hops, bit of malt, not a ton of balance. Finish is really long, nice amount of bitterness. Good really use some mroe balance/ a bit more interesting flavors.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Growler, purchased at Solana Beach location. This is one of the nicest looking beers I have ever seen. As one of the raters below me said, itís a ruby amber color, almost fluorescent. I gave this a 9 for aroma, because, like almost all of Pizza Ports hoppy beers, you can actually smell the fresh hops in a distinctive manner. It truly smells like fresh marijuana. Amazing. Taste is super hoppy as one would expect. This is a tad harsh, but other than that, itís a perfect beer. Maybe itís not the best brewery in the world, but I think that NO one does hoppy beers like Pizza Port.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap poured a clear copper with a nice lasting head and good lacing around the glass. Aromas of fruity citrus and pine hops with a sweet carmel malt. Taste had a long lasting bitterness with a big dry hop finish. Great example of a west cost IPA, nice and balanced with a push towards the hops.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Ruby amber color with a nice off-white head. Grapefruit/appricot aroma. Big appricot flavor with grapefruit and pine backing. Just enough malt to balance. Lingering piney bitterness. Very good.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best IPA I have ever tasted!!It has a very fruity,floral aroma.Color a nice amber.Head was average,but dissipated quickly.Very tasty,and not too overbearing like many IPAís.I think it is very underrated.Had it on tap at the Carlsbad Pizza Port.Took home a jug too!!
Ratman197 (8474) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad poured a clear light copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, pine, earthiness and a hint of grapefruit with a lingering bitter finish.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Company. Deep amber color with a very nice head. Aromas were very floarl and fruity. Peachy hops. Flavors were similar with a decent maltiness that really brought out the hop/malt balance. Very Tasty