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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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With 78 IBUs. Our version of a West Coast IPA- brewed in the San Diego style. This massively hoppy beer gets its flavor and attitude from no less than five hop varieties including Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Summit.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Thanks to beer_Hawk for sharing this one at our Nashville Tasting! Pours clear dark amber with a fleeting head. Musky earthy hop aroma comes easily accompanied by plenty or sweet malt. The flavor is bold, assertive hops with a dryness that builds into a long finish. Well done use of blend of an American hop blend, but this will have to take back seat to the memory of the old Frank.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Bottle courtesy of Beer_Hawk at the Nashville Tasting. Wonderful citrusy and sweet aroma. Pours a hazy amber with white head. Very nice grassy and piney hop flavors with a sweet doughy and honey like malt backdrop. Hop bitterness lingers nicely. Another well done west coast IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
ive only had 2 port beers both ipas but id have to say they know how to use hops. aroma is big citrus with touches of spruce. flavor is much the same but not without some malt sweetness to back it up. this was tremendously tasty. not complex but damn good

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
GABF-on tap-pours a diminishing white head with gold color. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is citrus hops, secondary medium malt, creamy.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Nice citrus hops aroma; very crisp and fresh. Malt aroma too. Nice light auburn color. Very San Diego-ish. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Bomber from BevMo. I was so excited to see this on the shelf, i’m a huge fan of the san diego ipa. This is actually a very complex ipa and nearly borders on DIPA character. The first blast is crisp and refreshing but not tart, the aftertaste does seem to linger some apricot/peach/orange delightfulness. Holy crap I love IPA/DIPA!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2006
22-oz. bomber from FlacoAlto. Pours clear amber with a small fizzy white head, quickly dissipating, spare lacing. Aroma is light malt (meal, cereal), heavy hops (flowers, fruit, spruce), light yeast (dough) with notes of apple and peach. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; nice clean fragrant hop flavor. Medium bodied, average carbonation, thin and oily texture with a metallic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2006
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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2006
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.


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