JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man, am I ever a sucker for an aggressive West Coast IPA. Then again, so are all of you. But seriously, this has got to be one of the real jewels, along with Pelican and Alesmith. First of all, a gigantic frothy head that sits and sits atop the copper body like it was an addition to the house. It’s a friggin’ shelf! And then just an intense Centennial bomb for one tart grapefruit squirt - but wait, there’s some serious spice (a bit of coriander and anise? or maybe that’s just my overactive imagination and a different dimension of the bitters). Beautiful, especially when super fresh.
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This copper ale poured with a modest off-white head that dissipated quickly. Everything about this beer is hoppy - the aroma and the flavor. It is very bitter, start to finish, with a slight malt flavor in the middle. The bitterness mellows and sort of grows on you as the glass empties.
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A copper color on this one. The aroma is oranges, grapefruit, and some pine. The flavor is quite like chewing on an orange peel. Some grapefruit showing from the background like "Hello Im a grapefruit and it waves and says - ok now back to Orange Peel" Some alcohol notes show in the finish. Good IPA
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty, grapefruit hops. Flavor is malty, with a grassy, citrus hop finish.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Pours an almost clear reddish brown with a nice head and lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and citrus. Body is medium. Flavor was about what I expected: a complex hoppy West Coast (San Diego County) style IPA similar to Alesmith’s and Stone’s offerings in this vein. The grapefruit/pine flavors from the hops do a good job of concealing the alcohol.
Zeswaft (1669) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper color and an insatiable head overflows no matter what. I really dig the hop bill on this. Tons of centenniel pine, lots of simcoe mango, and a finish of amarillo grapefruit. A perfect amount of sweetness to balance a hoppiness of an IIPA with the alcohol of an IPA. Aroma is almost exactly like two hearted ale.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade with padrefan98. Nice clear orange-copper color with a thin white head. Great piney/citrus hop aroma that manages to be sharp but not astringent. Palate damn near perfect. Hop character develops throughout the taste, expressing the pine and citrus characters atop a nice malt base. A great IPA.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from MrBendo. Aroma: Biscuity malt and very light caramel. Big piney and citrusy hop nose with notes of apricot, pineapple, and fresh grass. Appearance: Light amber/gold in color and slightly hazed. Bone colored head was huge and fluffy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Biscuity malt with a touch of graininess and caramel, Big pine and citrus hop flavors with notes of apple, apricot, resin, and fresh grass. Bitterness has a nice bite but doesn’t get to aggressive. Dry finish with a bit of hop flavor and bitterness carrying over. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Great IPA in the west coast style. Tons of aroma and flavor with a nice hop bite. Really liked this one.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to Beer Hawk (via trade with Vac). West Coast hops bite the nose at first, giving way to grapefruit, grass and toast (nice conglomeration of aromas). Thin looking in the glass; head diminishes to a dusting. Sub-surface "racing" explodes toward the surface, showing very active carbonation. Piny herbal hops linger long after the swallow. Grassy notes shoot all the way through, integrating well with unfermented malt sugars. The bitterness has a metal character. The high IBU count dries out the finish nicely. Very solid IPA.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark orange-copper with a small white head and lacing. The aroma has a lot of fresh oranges and tangerine-style hops with a surprising level of sweetness. Dark, bready flavour along with chewy biscuit and ridiculously long and piney hops.
Superb, you can’t even sense that this is anywhere near 7%.
Pint at Pizza Port Carlsbad on March 25, 2007.