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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Golden in color with an assertive hop bitterness. This beer won gold medals at The Great American Beer Festival in 1989 and 1990. A true American Classic.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Strong floral hoppy aroma. Delicious fruity taste, not too hoppy for an IPA. Some other complex notes on the taste that I can’t quite name.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2583) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Clear lighter amber, moderate head with pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is citric, wood, grapefruit. Medium bodied, moderate to low bitterness, some sweetness. Overall nothing special but still drinkable. ABV listed at 6.5.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
A pleasant surprise. Pours orangy-gold with a frothy white head. Clean pine hop aroma, with some citrus, a la the west coast style. Great taste of grapefruit and oranges. Bit of bread in the back. Dry finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
22 oz. bottle,from BevMo LaJolla. Finally getting to rate this one, had it on draft a few months ago but lost my ratings book! Pours medium amber with a slight chill haze and a large, fluffy off-white head that lingers nicely. Aroma is hop dominant with sufficient, toasty and slightly caramel malt notes, hops are pine resin, citrus with just a hint of something vegetal and spoiling. Flavor is also hop dominant, certainly fulfilling the commercial description claim of "assertive hop bitterness", more pine and grapefruit rind, along with a somewhat biscuity and toasty malt character, honey and orange make brief appearances leading up to a puckering and astringent evergreen oil aftertaste. Medium body and assertive carbonation. Another nice example of an in your face West Coast IPA!

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 5, 2007
22 oz in a half yard - it pours a clear amber throughout. It tastes a bit more like an ESB than an IPA. The hops are bright and fresh - and its a pretty citrusey IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
22 oz bomber purchased at South Bay Drugs. This IPA poured as a sparkling brass color with a thin layer of film for a head. The aroma is a decent serving of west coast hops in the citrus style you could expect, accept, this was tamer and subdued. The drink was a warm alcohol and tart bitter hop flavor presence which made for an unusual drink that I’m used to but overall decent and making a passing grade for a standard IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2007
The glow from within the glass is bright even though the liquid is very cloudy. The body is deep orange, the slowly receding head is creamy and light beige. The aroma is evident from afar, fresh hops billowing from the glass. Grapefruit is the prominent characteristic, folowed by pine needles, earth, lightly toasted grains aplenty and miniscule amounts of alcohol and sugars. this aroma is very one-dimensional, but unified and flawless thus far. The flavor is moderately bittewr, very lightly astringent, mildly sweet, doughy, tangibly resinous and very drinkable. The flavor is all forward, with little on the backside but light, airy bitterness. The finish is dry, medium bitterness lingering for a short while, eventually giving way to grains. The mouthfeel is a little shy of adequately carbonated but it’s fizzy. A light-medium to medium body is sticky and progresses slowly across the palate. Solid, a good session beer that is somewhat refreshing, also far from extraordinary.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Hmm this IPA is run of the mill. Nothing wrong with it but not overly exciting. It is like a Toyota Camry comapred to a Ferrari or like Jennifer Aniston compared to Scarlett Johansson. It does what an IPA is usppoed to do but not in a spectular fashion. Hoppy flavors are there but all that dominant. Maltiness is there as well but again not really in a spectular fashion. Solid but not exciting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brstp (201) - - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle from City Beer Store. Classic orange-brown IPA color, nice and hazy, long lasting off white head. Citrus and pine hops in the nose, mostly pine hops with a good bit of bready malt, very bitter. Pretty thin. Not distinguished but I’d drink it again if someone bought it for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
22oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellar. Citrus piney hop aromas are strong, malt evident. Hop flavors come through well, malt struggles to balance the strong bitterness. Overall this is real close to being a good west coast IPA, but falls short on balance.


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