BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 RERATE 2008, overlooking an Indiana cornfield... Still this is beauty of an IPA and sharp and crisp. Evertything you would ever want from the genre.
Bottle served in my Ratebeer tulip and enjoyed at my hotel overlooking a beautiful Pacific Ocean sunset with the waves gently crashing upon the beach...ah what a memorable moment:
Slightly hazed golden hue with a large fluffy head and very good lace. The nose detects resiny and piney hops, grapefruit and apple jack, biscuity malt and a hint of white pepper. The taste is a bold hoppy attack with leading citric characteristics. Biting acidic follow through with a dry spicy finish. A bit metallic and astringent on the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing while dancing across my palate.
I like the bold expression yet it is not over the top. A lovely bigger IPA (near IIPAish). To celebrate the memory, I type this while wearing my PP Wipeout T-Shirt.
TheEpeeist (3463) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Lightly hazed peachy orange with a whipped white head. Pink grapefruit, watermelon and a twist of lemon. Peppery caramel deeper down. Yowza! This really packs a hop bite. Like chewing on lemon and lime sections soaked in pine oil and grain alcohol. Buzzy carb, medium light. Resiny finish thatís juicy (or is that just my mouth watering?) with a slow developing dryness. Caramel and toffee come out after the hop hammering. Wild stuff but oddly alluring.
believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Bottle. Bought in San Diego. Golden color with lacing head. Citrusy flowery hop aroma with crystal malt notes. Grassy suggesting dry hopping. Sweet malt flavor though balanced with plenty of hop bitterness and flavor. Bodering on cloying, could be dryer. Medium body. Fresh and clean.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz from SickBoy282, Thanks Alex...This is my kind of beer...Extremely hoppy, smells great, tastes awesome...I would love to get more of this stuff if it were around. Nice abv that is not tasted at all, with strong citrusy flavor, bitterness at end. pnwís all over the place. Huge white head, and light orange color. Great brew.
vyvvy (4536) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Big thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this West Coast IPA. Pours clear copper with a light off-white head. The aroma has lots of hops that are floral and tropical, but age has affected it and has excessive mustiness. Medium body that is fairly slick, but has sharp prickly carbonation. The taste has aged malt with minimal hops. The finish adds some woody hops and more aged malt. There is a lingering woody / piney hop presence. I sure this would have been a knock out fresh, hopefully I can get a fresh one down the road and rerate this one. (7/3/7/3/14)
Rerate notes: Fresher still wasnít all that great to me. Far more malt than one would expect for a west coast IPA - toasted caramel and light breadiness. The hops are good enough, but the mix didnít gel all that well for me. Iím hoping to get out to San Diego before too long, maybe it will taste better when I have it on tap and can add another rerate, just not too impressed at this point.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma and the flavor are both very grassy and herbal. The flavor is crisp, refreshing and full of citrus notes, like orange peels and slightly spicy as well.. The carbonation is pleasant - medium bubbles, very easy to drink, well-balanced IPA.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange/light amber pour. Quite viscous looking. Thin but lasting white head. Steady carbonation lies deep within, buried and barely moving under a syrupy body. A citric hop aroma is soft and well defined, refined too. Mostly notes of navel oranges and tangerines. Plenty of malt, somewhat sweet, slightly nutty. Quite light and fresh flavor initially. Great balance of malt and hops, but the hops soon take the lead in intensity. Orange and grapefruit bitterness is thoroughly intense and very satisfying. It does seem like a jumbled up hop character(too many varieties). Finishes bitter and smooth. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall very good, but a little too syrupy at times.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pizza port wipeout IPA. Pretty great. Unimpressive yellow clear appearance. Aroma is a little weak in power but has lots of citrus. I really like the flavor. Itís not at all overpoweringly bitter. Instead itís clean and maybe has some orange going on. I canít believe this is 7%. Well done.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent and magnifying polished brass in color with a head that looks like freezer burn and tinted like a praline. Fiercely ripe, herbaceous and tropical aroma realizes green dandelion roots, ruby red grapefruit, ripe kiwi, enzyme-laden orange marmalade and baby clementines. Starfruit and strawberry kiwi lay in with a smooth tropical taffy trait. Bitterness dances on top of the waxy flavor coating. Tropical oranges careen guava juice thatís sliding of the seeds while cherry blossom cotton keeps it clean and fresh. Medium bodied and a pure pleasure of a West Coast IPA, winding down with dehydrating papaya enzyme and baby clementines for the one-two punch of the flavor-bittering hop combo. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice hoppy nose, with bursts of citrus, this is all accompanied by a nice copper color from the 22oz bottle (THANKS Bmartin08) the beer is hoppy in taste but not overpowering and the more i drink the more the beer becomes balanced. a great brew, on the verge of IIPA for us east coasters. i cant wait to try more west coast IPAís.