robinvboyer (4064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bomber from the lcbo. Great pungent citrucy floral hops. Wonderful hoppiness in the flavor witha great citrus aftertaste and a good bitter kick. Some nice malt create some balance. This is a great solid balanced ipa.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from my local LCBO. This, and Southern Tiers Creme Brulee stout, at the same time, in the same store???? Perhaps thereís hope after all.
Pours a manuka golden yellow with a thin white, lightly sticky head.
The aroma is hop resin, grape fruit, citrus rind, papaya (strange), with some bready malt for a baseline. The flavour, as you can imagine from itís aroma, and the fact that itís a rogue beer (those guys are hop chronics), itís crazy hoppy, like JesseM says, as if you were chewing on whole leaf hops, citrus, grapefruit rind, some malty sweetness for balanced. Foamy mouthfeel, semi sweet, mostly uber bitter finish.
Pretty delicious, one of my more favorite beers from Rogue.
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Bottle. Itís a fairly pale golden orange colour with a massive, thick and yeasty, lasting head, two and a half inches thick. Looks great! The aroma is piney and full with fresh tropical fruit, sliced avocado, mango, white grapefruit, papaya: very nicely layered. Thereís some bready malt in there too. Mouthfeel is lightly oily, slick, full. I taste plenty of initial hop bitterness, with white and pink grapefruit, damp pine, grass and very nice malt balance, some caramel in there perhaps with more brown bread. Wood presence is strong. The finish is fairly long with more citrus fruit and bitterness.
mkel07 (4984) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Bright golden colour with a luscious white ehad, very well carbonated. High hop aroma, floral and fragrant with a hoppy tatse. Long bitter finish.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle - pours a gorgeous, opaque apricot with a very thick white head. Stunning aroma of mango, papaya, honey, hops! Flavour wonderfully simple, sweet malt, big hops (go Amarillo!) and a honey sweetness mingling with the hop bitterness in the finish, which lasts and lasts and lasts... Soft mouthfeel, great carbonation level. A beautiful beer from Rogue. If you love hops, youíve found your beer.
TheJester (2445) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Cloudy orange with a small, foamy, beige head. Lotsa tiny bubbles. The aroma is mostly pine and cedar; in fact, more cedar than Iíve ever smelled in a beer that doesnít actually have any cedar in it. Very sharp at the end of the inhale. Tonnes of bittering hops, which last well beyond the end of the swallow. Grapefruit and tangerine take over from the evergreen trees in the taste. There is a little malt, just before the end, but there is just not enough malt to improve the palate. Dryish finish. As hoppy a single IPA as youíll find.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 650mL bomber from the LCBO. Pours a very nice hazy gold with a huge white rocky head. Aroma is pungently hoppy, citrusy, piney, awesome, classic. Tiny bit of a malt body evident, as well as yeast. Smells just perfect. Flavour is surprisingly bitter even for an IPA, wow, super bitter, bites the tongue intensely. So much hop flavour is packed in here, itís just an orgasmic sensation for a hophead. Tastes of whole leafy hops, as if I was chewing on them, with a nice body propped up by the malts and yeast. Malts are kind of indistinct, just adding some sweetness to round out the finish. This thing could probably give someone heartburn what with all the acid. Balance is just not there but doesnít make it a bad beer as this is just a great hop-fix. Totally worth the price.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml Bottle: Pours somewhere between yellow and orange, mayhaps "apricot" is a good descriptor. Big white foamy, bubbly head. Solid blend of hops here with lots of citrus, heavy on the lemon, soapy floral hops, caramel, and a distinct sourness almost remiscent of aged grass clippings. On first sip this is a hop bomb, very soapy and bitter (in a good way). Small amount of caramel malt but this is a bit of a one-trick pony. Good bittering, and a tasty brew, but not as elaborate as some of the great IPAs.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, pale golden body with a finger-width, creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is medium to heavily hopped with a deep flowery grapefruit and lemon pine-sol. Good amount of lightly sweetened caramels with a dash of honey. The hop aroma is interesting and this may sound odd, but they give off a slight arm-pit, deep and warm smell. Its not offensive at all though, but rather nice. Reminds me of a smell found in the Pacific Northwestís deep woods in that its almost moldy. Quite unique. Flavor is more the same. Deep earthy bitterness up front before it finishes a bit brighter thanks to a slightly resiny pine. A full caramel cookie malt and some biscuit balances this quite nicely. The mild sweetness allows the bitter grapefruit, earthy lemon, and floral spiced orange peel to lead the parade. Finishes dry and slightly resiny with lots of deep earth and flowery citrus that lasts for quite awhile. Medium to full body and smooth with a slightly prickly carbonation. Overall, a solid and different tasting IPA. Lots of deep earthy bitterness, but a good amount of brighter pines too. The thicker malts are lightly sweetened and allow for the hops to take center stage. This was an interesting IPA, but I was a fan.
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit too flowery for my taste/nose. Indeed, aroma was overpoweringly floral at the beginning. Definitive hop bite was there, as was the bitter aftertaste. Not a bad IPA, though certainly not a great one. One interesting thing I noticed as the beer warmed (I was soloing a bomber) and I swilled the final gulp, I noticed an acrid, yet familiar scent whafting from the bottom of my imperial pint glass. I swear I whiffed the subtle, yet all-too-familiar, and (dare I say) even slightly tantilizing scent of dried.... naw, couldnít be!