Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Jon! Poured a clear brighter golden with a short, but well-retained cap of white head. The aroma was sublime.. soft bread and caramel notes with a large, but well-restrained pine, grapefruit, and.. well.. a touch of cat piss, but that’s OK in here.. the other hop presence balanced it out well. Flavor was all about the toasty caramel, grapefruit meat, and some toffee sweetness with pine and grapefruit, and floral hoppage rising above. Creamy-sweet middle on the palate felt quite good.. heavy hop presence kept it in check with some sharpness around the edges.. bit resiny at the finish. Felt good, smelled good, and tasted good.. with they hadn’t used the Amarillo, but still good! Enjoyed it!
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber: Mine poured an orangish-golden color. There was a HUGE off-white head on it, which lingers. Surprisingly little lacing to go along with the head. The aroma is huge with hops also. I get citrus, floral and piney hops all in there together. The taste is definitely hoppy. The malts are effectively masked. Kind of a pine taste with some of the citrus also. Tasty, but a little harsh.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a orangy golden color with foamy white head. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet malts. Flavor is piney/floral hops with a decent malt balance. Good stuff.
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Mostly clear orange ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Good retention. The aroma shows a generous helping of caramel malt beaten down by a potpourri of intensely bitter, West Coast hops. Grapefruit, pine and cat piss hops unite to form a tropical, mango-type nose. Bone-dry, attenuated flavor and mouthfeel with a moderate dose of alcohol and heavy bitterness. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Leaves my palate devoid of moisture. Cheers to growler for sharing!
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice coppery color with a large head. aroma is very hoppy and floral. Flavor is superb. Has a big smack of hops and grapefruit. Oh man this thing is wonderful.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of markgugs. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a small, off-white head leaving some laces. Fresh grapefruit notes in the nose. Medium-bodied with a light, underlying malt sweetness, but otherwise completely dominated by a distinct grapefruitish bitterness. A bit soapy. A fresh west coast IPA but also solidly bitter. 050807
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange color with a decent white head with some sticky lacing. Big hoppy flavors and aromas. Grapefruit flavors predominate. A nice malty smooth complexion to give this one some backbone. Bordering on a double ipa for me. You are left with some sweetness. Glad I smuggled this one back from SD so I could finally try it.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Golden butterscotch and clear.
I’ve come to appreciate this one big time. For a straight IPA, it’s exceptionally smooth and warm on the palate--I typically only find that in double IPAs that have more alcohol to work with. That said, it has a vicious hop sting to it that I love.
[compared next to Bear Republic Racer 5]
I’m still a bit caveman in my ability to distinguish tastses, but the Racer 5 tastes more piney to me; the Wipeout I think has a kiss of peach. Tough call, but I think right now I like the Wipeout a touch more.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, pours a lightly cloudy orange color, good sized off-white head and moderate lacing. More subtle but pleasing aroma of pine, grass and light floral. Flavor has a good hops bite that lingers, and only a slight maltiness to temper it. A well done IPA, and one I plan to add to my regular rotation!
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a clean orange body with a very nice white head and super awesome lacing. The aroma is bitter grassy hops but not much else. The flavor is grassy bitter hops and pale malts. Quite malty for an IPA. The palate is resiny and bitter. This beer is highly over-rated and doesn’t remind me of when I was in San Diego at all.