hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the pub on 7/25/10.
rich golden color with a white head and drippy foam.
big blast of piny hops on the initial aroma... followed by oily citrus skin, caramel, spice and earth.
the flavor is more or less the same... intense pine... almost harsh and very green, pith, earth, malty caramel and tons of hoppy peppery spice. dry finish and dry throughout. medium bodied and plenty hoppy. 6/3/7/4/15/3.5
malrubius (1515) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce can from Bevmo Scottsdale. Golden orange with lasting head. Grapefruity aroma. Grapefruity apricot fruity with very little accompnaying sweetness or biscuit or nuts or anything. Almost like carbonated grapefruit apricot juice with mildly bitter very dry finish. Decent, but needs some balance for the fruity hops.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Prescottís Ponderosa IPA poured a golden amber color with bright ruby-orange highlights that formed just under the fluffy eggshell-white head. The liquid was mostly clear with a slight haziness in the middle - which Iím 90% positive isnít chill haze, as I let the beer warm a little before I poured it and Iíve read multiple reviews saying they saw the same thing from cans, bottles, and on-tap. The foam was a good 3-4 fingers thick and held with excellent retention, lazily melting into thick, creamy snow pile islands of small and medium bubbles while leaving sheets of sticky lacing along the glass walls.
The aroma was reminiscent of walking through an orange grove full of fruit bursting with nectar, where the grass was just being trimmed down the paths between the trees. It carried a strong perfume of juicy oranges and tart tangerines - compiled from both the fruit and the rind - with just a tiny bit of lemon peel fluttering amid the light grassy notes underneath. There were some pale caramel malts lingering around the edges, transforming some of the whiffs of citrus into candied fruits. And right before the end, mild pine needles - spruce perhaps - were crushed and scattered through the fruits and sweetness of the nose.
The first few sips presented a light/thin mouthfeel - though it wasnít watery by any means thanks to the sharp bitterness that snapped at my taste buds. It thickened to a more medium mouthfeel as it warmed and some of the simple flavors became more pronounced. Much of what was in the scent was also in the taste, offering a great amount of sweet orange and some grapefruity citrus hops that made the beer deliciously bitter. Some pine erupted in a giant wave near the end, washing up nicely after all the fruit, and left my tongue warm and tingling and my mouth clean and dry. The Ponderosa IPA was held together by light caramel and honey hints hidden in a malt backbone, but neither detracted from the very up-front IPA attitude. Initially the carbonation was prickly, and my only complaint is that over the course of a half hour, it went rather flat near the end. Fortunately, this one little issue did nothing to take away from the fact that this beer is really, really easy to drink. I really enjoyed all of the citric fruitiness without it being too sweet or orangey, and Iím really glad I was able to pick out the malts behind the ideal amount of bitter hops - they played well together and I look forward to picking up more from Prescott Brewing company.
alexanderj (3202) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Poured a darkish gold color with a large frothy white head. Aroma of earth, fruit, grapefruit, caramel and alcohol. Very earthy in the flavor with some decent balance. Just ok for me
drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was almost much better. But, I got a funky hop/malt thing that is just an odd combo and proly itís just me, but nonetheless. Pours with a medium sized, off white head that never totally goes away and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malt, hop, caramel, toffee and faintyly some sweet almost putrid notes. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor but that odd thing hangs tough to the end and I donít want any more.
thefrutigers (101) - , Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice copper color and long lasting head. Smells piney with carmel and slight grain. Taste slightly bitter with moderate roasted grain flavor with hints of toffee. Nice clean bitterness on the tongue. Wonderul brew best Iíve had from AZ, and I live in AZ. Mouth is medium with a nice dry finish. I really love this beer. SERIOUSLY... this is a great IPA.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh can discovered unexpectedly at Sun Devil Liquors. Pours a nice copper with a white head. Aroma is malt, pine, caramel, hops, spices, grass. Flavor is grassy resiny hops, caramel, biscuit, spices, toffee, malts. Hops are quite green oily and raw. Really nice IPA.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head. Aroma of resinous hops. Flavor of resinous, citrusy hops, thereís not much of a malt presence to provide balance. The body is light with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Itís ok, but I prefer more balance in an IPA.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ PBC - Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, and pine hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, and floral and citrus hops. No astringent aftertaste. Medium body. Very nice.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Craig! (cbkschubert) Nose of citrusy candy and flowers. Hazy light amber with a big, creamy, long lasting off white head, one of the nicest Iíve seen on a brew, lacing the glass heavily! Flavor is lightly bitter and citrusy turning more bitter at the finish. I loved this IPA! One of my favorite single IPAs.