kevd193213 (841) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Amber/copper pour with a thin white frothy head. Slightly cloudy. Aroma of citrus hops with pine in the background. Taste of grapefruit and slight malt with a medium palate and slight peppery finish.
gnoff (7415) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle at OT, Stockholm, On January 25, 2009
Hazy orange color, small white head. Cheezy hoppy scent. Bitter, citrus, apricots, hoppy, dry taste. Dry bitter lingering aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness. A bit less alcohol and a bit sweeter and it would have been most excellent, now a bit too bitter in comparison to how dry it is, at least for me that is.
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Pours amber/yellow, with thin white foam, and is just a touch hazy. Yellow snow opens with a very citrusy nose, with lemon, grapefruit, pine resin, and fresh hops being noticeable. The first sip fills the palate with strong hops, and the citrus too, but a strong piney hop flavor is dominant, and there is just a slight hint of maltiness. There is also a sugary flavor like cotton candy bubble gum. I think this IPA is one of the best I have tried. It is not balanced, but I do love a hop heavy beer. Th flavors do compliment each other, and I am really enjoying this one. The finish is lasting more than a minute after a sip!!!
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a very nice looking gold with a stick foam head that lasts. Nose is not fruity at all, which is odd with amarillo. I think I get a touch of corn/DMS, mostly savory and almost meaty in the nose. touch of dank and resin and graininess, likely from the melanoidin. Taste is super soft, dominated by the grains in this one. No amarillo character. Smooth and easy drinking but I’m not a fan. Mediocre.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at The Reef. Dark gold-orange with a lasting sticky head. Piney and lightly floral hop aroma. Dry, almost nutty and crackery malt with a piney and herbal hop bitterness. Finishes bitter and long. Hops seem very similar to other hoppy Rogue beers, and there is this almost indescribable house character that I am getting out of them lately that is almost lie a nutty, buttery cracker. It’s a bit peculiar, but this one is hoppy enough to remain passable.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Novare Res. Pours an amber color with a foamy white head. Kind of a weird flavor, lots of grapefruit and citrus type hops. The malt is also sort of weird with a caramel type flavor. I dont know, to me it just doesn’t mix quite right.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from South Bay Drug and Liquor. Pours cloudy orange with a big fluffy off white head that left great lacing. Nose was fairly light and had some citrus hop aromas. Flavor was initially sweet then finished quite bitter. Not quite what I expected but a good brew none the less.
Hangover (1028) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly cloudy orange pour with a huge white head. Lemony aroma with some sweetness. Amarillo is evident with heavy grapefruit and light citrus/lemon hop notes. Malt stands up to the hops but is somewhat drowned out by the bitter finish. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great IPA.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Binny’s (Orland Park, IL). A beer I was excited and a bit surprised to see around. Pours a significantly hazed amber pour, light carbonation, and big white fluffy head that laces. Aromas are nice, moderate soothing grapefruit and lemon bouquet up front with a bit of sweet carmel on the nose. Initial is inviting, bitter hoppiness meets the tounge with grapefruit, lemony citrus, and some piney resin meeting the tounge. Touches of carmel malt sweetmess show up in the body and help balance the brew. Not a heavy hop beer, but the hops do take the focus in the beer, largely focused on grapefruit meshing with the caramel. Finishes a little more smooth and balanced. Leaves a pleasant bitterness and citrus on the palate, making this truly a nice sessionable IPA. A middle of the pack IPA that is a decent enough example.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours quite hazy, shining orange amber in color. A thick, well retained, cream colored head leaves dense, patchy ribbons and clumps of lacing on the glass. Aromas include a light toffee malt base with some cereal grains, along with fresh grassy hop notes, citrus and pine resin. Flavors follow suit, strong, resinous bitterness and sharp grapefruit notes being countered by lightly sweet toffee. Citrus and pine resin linger on the tongue for ages. Medium bodied and balanced on the tongue, there is a touch of astringency on the finish, but not enough to detract significantly. A fine IPA overall.