FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Lucky Baldwin’s IPA festival, June 2007
This beer is topped by a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deeply red, copper color. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with notes of clean, sweet citrus (made up of grapefruit and orange peel). Malty aromatics towards the end contribute notes of biscuits, soda crackers and perhaps a wisp of crystal malt / caramelized aromatics.
The flavor is quite bitter with lots of pine & menthol flavors that I did not notice in the nose. There is still an ample citrus character in the flavor; notes of sweet citrus, tangelo, lychee and grapefruit all play a role here. This beer has a good balance between the citrus hop notes and the sharper, herbaceous hop character. It also has a nice, lingering bitterness in the finish. It is fairly light bodied, which really helps it to be easy drinking. It does have a certain malty fullness to it that helps to carry the dominant hop flavors. I get a hint of caramelized malt sweetness and a hint of toasty malt character in the finish. I also like that this is fairly dry, though with enough sweetness to accentuate the citrus notes. The dry character helps to accentuate the biting bitterness and the herbal notes over the citrus character.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a skunky bitter one. Some pine funk. A red orange color with a minimal head. Flavor is pretty much exactly the same. Very dry and resiny. A peppery flavor peaks through as it warms.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stone - Pours a clear golden color with a small of white head. Light carbonation and lacing. Has a pungent hop aroma. Flavor is caramel malt and pine hops. Slight bitter, astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A decent IPA.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Paper thin white head sat atop a dull copper colored brew. A nice web of lacing formed all the way down the glass. The aroma was spice and pine hops, no real citrus of floral hops to be found. Disapointingly the flavor followed suit. I was hoping for more balance but alas, none was found. Dominated by spice and pine hops with little if any citrus or floral hops to be found. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Not that good.
pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best IPA in the Sacramento area, in my opinion. Great citrus and spice aroma, wonderful medium body and a taste that is exactly what I expect in an IPA - bready sweet up front, followed by a great hop bittering that doesn’t overpower. Finished dry, with a mild lingering bitterness.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap @ Owl Club, Roseville CA. Hazy golden color, weak aroma. Flavors hit both sweet and bitter, but without much balence. Suprisingly drinkable, but not a quality ipa.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On firkin at the triple rock firkin fest 4/1/2006. Worst aroma of any beer that I drank that day, for some reason. Taste was OK. It manages to be both harsh in the bittering hop profile and a bit too sweet at the same time. Unbalanced. Not recommended.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing really wrong with this beer, but nothing outstanding either. Malty sweet and fairly tamed with the hop profile. Nothing really jumps up and bites you ass with this beer. Drinkability is high, but it’s nothing extraordinary.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber, thanks Oakes. hazy deep golden/orange beer with a thick white head. Sweet citrusy aroma initially, with some more intense woody/earthy notes as the beer warms a bit. Aroma is a bit muted. Flavour is surprisingly rich given the soft aroma. Some strong resiny woody cohumulone flavour but also some cascade type flavour as well. Finishes very dry. There is plenty of clean, crisp maltiness backing it up but this is a definitely a hop accented brew. Decent, but nothing terribly new either.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Barclay’s. Clear amber color with minimal white head. Dry, bitter aroma with notes of sweet fruit. Not particularly complex, but not bad either. I’d drink this again but it doesn’t stand out among IPAs.