SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice IPA. Nicely balanced considering the hop presence. Drinkable. It really is an art to balance a beer like this. Pizza Port does offer many superior IPA’s to this as far as uniqueness or over-the-top flavors, but this is a great session brew.
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 Memorable herbal, peppery, resinous and orangey hoppiness dominates the full-bodied maltiness in the flavor profile…The newer versions bottled in bombers are beefier than what I remember, and thus provide ample chewing material to play alongside the verbose hops...This is a scrumptious pint of the West Coast’s signature style, no doubt…
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange with a nice head and lacing. Aroma and flavour are hops and not much else. Good if you’re looking for hop juice but lacking the craftsmanship of their other beers.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Not a bad IPA, but just nothing special for the style; Somewhat balanced between malt and hops, but the hops is the more pronounced of the two; Good maltiness and moderately sweet, but fairly bitter grapefruit hoppiness, especially in the finish; Balanced nose is fairly mild: lightly hoppy and lightly malty aromas; Amber in color; Off white head is pretty typical in retention and lacing; May have to retaste to verify the score because Pizza Port generally makes better than average beers, and this one definitely seemed pretty average
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA pours with a golden body topped by a medium thick, lasting head with good lacing left behind. Teh aroma is sweet yet sour and slightly bitter from hops and full of grapefruit with a touch of pine. The flavor is slightly sweet but full of hoppy bitterness as well as grapefruity and piney with the slightest hint of malt. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice orange color with nice lacing. Aromas of fruits and hops. Nice balance of malt and hops.
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Tap @ Bistro 6th Annual IPA Festival (August 9, 2003) (7 3 8 4 17). Dark golden color with a tan head. Highly bitter, grassy, sweet and full bodied. Tap @ Bistro 7th IPA Festival (8 3 8 3 17). A golden color with a tan head. A strong pine grassy aroma and flavor with a good long aftertaste. Bottle (8/18/08) (8 3 7 3 17). A medium golden orange color with a foamy off-white head. A strong pine and sweet hop aroma that finished with a nice malt profile as it warmed Malty and sweet with chocolate flavors. Surprisingly not as bitter at the finish but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very tasty IPA. Copper in color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is floral and flavor as is the flavor. Well done and I will probably have another one next time at O'briens
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THisis an extremely drinkable and well done west coast IPA. Had it on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear light copper with a smallish white head. Slight citrus hop aroma. Flavor is all hops, quite bitter. Very much hop juice.