riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tropical fruit and citrus on top of toasted malts and caramel sweetness in the nose. Great orange amber pour wonderful head and lace. Flavors of caramel and toast up front, pushing a little iced tea but not much. Citrus and tropical fruit. Bright hoppiness. Juicy with nice resinous chewiness in the finish. Smooth and well made. Could use a bit less caramel but still a very solid ipa.
badpuppy69 (182) - orange, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is tropical citrucy hops. Taste follows the Aroma some good hop bitterness midway and a nice malt backbone. Medium easy drinking ipa. Very nice tropical citrucy ipa.
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Fruity hops, citrus, light malty sweetness, and lingering grassy bitterness. Good stuff; very drinkable.
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Slater’s 50/50 Rancho. Tea orange pour with good lacing. Sticky all over with some fruit juiciness. Nose is maple and sugar. Taste is sweet orange candy and mild peel bitterness. Sweeter, sticky amber IPA.
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2013 Pours a murky orange golden with a one finger white head. Sliced grapefruit with sugar on the nose. Mouthfeel is greasy and smooth with a bit of carbonation scrub. White pepper, resin, grapefruit, and umami flavors. Flavors blend to create a gestalt of a gigantic brew. Irreverently bold, yet painfully balanced. This is genius.
ADDENDUM: I’m having this beer for the first time out of the bottle. There is a distinct difference between the draught version. The bottle version is nearly devoid of the umami and resinous depth that distinguished the draught version from even great IPAs. The bottled version is a disappointment compared to the draught. I’m adjusting my original score of 4.5 overall to account for the fact that more people are likely to imbibe the bottled version. If I were to have rated the the bottles version on its own merit, it received a 3.0. Really, it’s like an average home brew.
ADDENDUM 2: I’m on my fourth bottle (not the same night though) and it most closely approximates the tap version. There must’ve been more than one batch that went into this first round of bottling. This bottle is quite tasty.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Clear dark golden with a creamy off white head. Nice big grapefruit, citrus hops, caramel, and grassy aroma and taste. Well balanced. Good creamy and silky palate. Very good.
greenhorn1 (781) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Good hop bite. aroma and flavor dominated by citrus. Goes down easy, very decent IPA.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Rating #3. Dark amber/gold pour with an off-white head. Pine and tropical fruit aroma. Moderate bitterness upfront that lingers for a little bit, more tropical notes and pretty drinkable. Nice stuff. (2734)
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours with a clear orange hued body with a small white head. Aromas are of pine, fresh baked bread, tangerine, tropical fruit, low yeast and slight tannic extracted grain astringency. Flavors are bready, nutty, toasted malt and some alcohol. Low bitterness, tropical fruit hop character, dry with medium carbonation.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange, almost amber, pour with a white head. Sweet nose of orange, bread, caramel, and peach. Some light pine, floral hops, and maybe grass. The flavor is a touch on the sweet side. Caramel, bread, and toasted malt. Sweet fruit notes such as peach and orange. Mild pine and floral hop flavors with a light bitterness.