AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a straw colored gold in color. About half a inch of head develops on the pour. Smell is very citrusy and juicy. Wonderful. Taste is even more citrusy and juicy hops than appear in the nose. Light, bitter, but exploding with juciness. I love this. It’s an overused expression, but, I could drink this all day long and never tire of it. I might even go out on a limb and say that I’m enjoying this more then the PtE. Would love to have this around regularly.
Many thanks to golubj for sending me this bottle.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, cloudy tangerine color, mild foam, nose of pine and cantalope, flavor of pine, cookies, melons and a great smooth hoppy finish
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much thanks to hopdog for landing a bottle to share. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium creamy/bubbly white head that laced. Aroma of grapefruiit, pine, other mixed citrus, juicy hop cones, caramel malt...ok..bottom line, you can’t ask for more in the aroma on an IPA! Flavor of...well you got it...tons of fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel malt, nicely balanced hop bitterness, only thing I can think that it may be missing is some more malt flavor to balance out the flavor a bit. But don’t get me wrong...this is hands down one of the best IPA’s out there!
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bev4Less. Medium golden/amber in color. Huge skunk bud aroma. Big citric/piney hop flavors going on. Somewhat dry and heavily hopped. Big bitter finish.
emacgee (4053) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper amber with a lacy white head. The nose was very citrusy, soft and peachy, sweet, grapefruit and apricot. The flavor had more of a bitterness than I was expecting. Has a nice peachy/apricot hop flavor but also a lot of bitterness.
soyorganic (285) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 I was on a good beer slump and glad to try this. On tap: light copper color with a aromatic scent of hops citrus, pine and with some caramel notes. Tate is the same not overdone on hops but very noticeable. I love this sort of robust, sharp pine hop profile where the hops start and coast through the finish. Very drinkable.
Beaver (1311) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Pours goden yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is pretty subdued (esp after Pliny). There are some sweet sugary malts and a little melon and some peppery hops.
The flavor is some sweet malt and fruits with a kind of abrasive charcoal hop bitterness in the finish that has a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, I didn’t really care for the hop flavor profile. I was surprised considering how much I liked the Pliny (which was much more balanced). Given the same price, I would take the Pliny over this any day of the week.
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a golden amber color with a big white head. aroma is heavy of hops with hints of caramel and light malts. flavor is strong with a nice bite of green hops, grapefruit, and pine. overall, I thought it a good brew.
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLED ON 072208: sharp and bitter with citrus peels; tight streams of tiny beading bubbles, warm yellow glow, soapy and lacy white head; juicy; plenty of fresh green hops; a tough IPA as it ought to be--get it? you need to be a friggin’ warrior to get this... an American IPA--you want this.
3fourths (8103) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Harvest in Boulder. Glowing honey amber colored body, light to medium haziness. Stenchy, strong nose of honey scented, robust hop cones, very juicy and alive, a lot of orange juice pulpiness along with a lighter touch of cedar wood shavings. Flavor is the same, very juicy, some sweet nut notes and a more prominent note of cedar wood, but it’s all quite harsh, abrasive and overdone. Harsh medicinal notes in the finish, and overall just unnecessarily abrasive.