darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Nose is lightly citric with resiny hops. Bit Floral as well. Pours a clear orange. Flavor is very hoppy but not at all soapy or astringent. Very evenly balanced. Good mouthfeel reveals a decent malt background. Very well crafted. Great IPA
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of cloudskipper. Thanks, Chris! Pours a bright, clear golden-orange color; fluffy white head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Just tons of dense, bitter, generous hoppiness in the aroma: citrus, pine, and herbal; hoppy as all hell, without astringency; a really nice nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of soft, chewy hop bitterness throughout: dense herbal, grassy, and citrus hop notes, and without any of the typically necessary malt underpinnings to keep things drinkable; this is just a gorgeous, unabashed, refined display of hoppy goodness; very drinkable, minimal astringency, and just a very generous hop profile throughout; an archetype of bitterness-driven IPAs. Lengthy finish: mineral, herbal, and grassy hops; lasting bitterness; a touch of toasty malts come through at the far shore.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap At O’Brien’s in San Diego on 08/01/2008 on the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Clear golden amber bofy with a small white head. Citrus floral and grassy hop aroma. Dry grassy, floral and light citrus hop flavor with a firm bitterness in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
DrDogbeer (6) - weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to swnicholson for the chance!
Poured from the bottle (bottled 7/9/08) to a tulip. Nice hazy orange with a sticky white head. Good retention. Some floral aromas along with some orange and grapefruit.
Great hop bite right up front. Mellows with a wonderful fruity hop lingering bitterness. Ths one is chewy and delicious. It has that extra je ne sais quois that most ipaís lack. Might be the sticky, oily, fruity hop flavor that does not just make it a hip bomb, but also gives it some balance. It is not just bitter, but full of flavor as well. Wonderful beer.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pungent and spicy initial hop aroma blows off to a milder level that offers more citrus within the first thirty seconds. Hazy deep golden body is topped by a decent, if large bubbled white head that lasts well. Strong bitterness lacks a sufficient malt backbone to adequately support it. Plenty of citrus, grassy and pine-like hop flavours but malt sweetness is almost not there. Very dry medium body with decent and lasting carbonation. Sampled on tap at Beachwood Bbq with JohnC
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A golden color with a small soapy head. The aroma is hoppy with some lemons and perfume. The flavor is somewhat bitter with some lemons, oranges, and a hint of pine. The aftertaste is bitter as well. The palate is a bit thin but overall this is a nice IPA if not a complex one.
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden in color almost copper with a nice thin lacy head. Nice aromas of hops citrus (lemon), and pine. taste is some bitterness, fruits, hops, and goodness. Nice blance and a good beer. Really nice aromas going on.
Stine (1490) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 07/09/08. A misty apricot orange and a thin whitecap. Resinous and wet cannabis and lychee rind aroma; grassy, bitter and herbal; a gorgeously damp sagebrush and citrus rind hoppiness with a sparse dusting of pepper. Perfect hop character, and a calm sweetness of almond and cotton candy and sugar cookies. Itís pretty and pristine.
An abrasive pinecone bitterness intimates a sharp edge in the immediate flavor; it hits with a violent crunch, like a sudden waft of wet pine smoke in the throat. Softly, a smooth fruitiness of apricots, pears, and tangerines lends a perfectly complimentary brightness and sweetness, and it stays almost totally settled on this sunny orchard sensation; the bitterness is pure pine and hemp, lingering on grapefruit only for a moment, before those glowing sweet citrus and stone fruit oils wash over. Freshest hops. As it warms, some wildflower honey and doughy malt presents, calmly, and cleanly; itís inarguably impressive how well-drawn the hop and malt characters are individually, and how beautifully they bleed into each other as the beer unfolds.
Soft, medium palate, lightly sticky with resins and floral honey. Gentle carbonation. Finish is green herbal bitterness, of cannabis, pine, and sage, just lightly vegetal. While itís perfectly refreshing and its hop presence is so attractive and forceful, it gets just lightly astringent with raw greenness and celery crunch at the very end, and so it must remain as a world-class, if not highest peak, example. Thanks Ty!
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 <b>Bottled July 22, 2008; Sampled August 7, 2008</b>
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with a nice pungent scent and a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some stickiness to it. The beer is a hazy amber hue that shows a more copper hue when held up to the light. Sticky grapefruit notes mix with sweet lychee notes, which are offset in the finish by a sticky herbal note that takes on overtones of hemp oil, peppery sage and just plain, green, hop-stink. Vivaciously hoppy, this has the fruit character that I like in a good IPA as well as the balancing, dank hoppiness that is needed for balance. Quite a nice example of a beer that captures the essence of concentrated hop nectar. No real malt aromatics are noticeable, if you really dig for them there is just a wisp of toasty, pale malt, but only just.
Sharply bitter up front, then the mouth coats the palate and helps to carry the hop flavor, but the bitterness kicks back in towards the finish and lingers on in the mouth with an herbal edge to it. After my first sip I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh hops. Citrus & hop-fruit flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, lychee and bright tangelo make a significant showing, but are ultimately engulfed by the palate coating, herbal bitterness that is what is left lingering on in the palate after each sip has passed down my throat. Impressively quaffable, this has some heft to it with enough body to just carry the hops, but remains light enough to be drinkable like a good IPA should.
This is definitely a beer for the hopheads out there. It definitely doesn’t pull any punches and is aggressively hoppy. If in the mood for an aggressive hop experience this definitely fits the bill. It doesn’t get overly harsh and it is just so dang quaffable. This is much more aromatic and hop flavorful than the draught sample I had previously.
<b>Sampled at Lucky Baldwin’s IPA festival, June 2007</b>
Pours with a very fluffy, initially three-finger thick, pale, tan colored head that sits atop an orangish, lightly hazy, copper colored brew. The aroma is sharply citrus-like in character, but a backdrop of green, hop aromatics reminiscent of menthol, pine and an herbal note reminiscent of green basil and hemp.
The beer tastes quite dry and this really accentuates the biting hop notes. The beer is quite smooth, or without much carbonation as the pour from the tap seems to have knocked out most of the carbonation. Flavors of orange peel and tart grapefruit are joined by herbaceous, green, dank, hop flavors; the last of these really linger on in the finish along with a not-overwhelming, but persistent bitterness and a green astringency. As the beer warms a bit I begin to pick up some menthol-like notes as well.
While this is quite hoppy (both the citrus side and the herbal side of the hop), it still manages to be quite smooth and drinkable. The appearance of this beer is perfect (albeit this is somewhat arbitrary) as I really can’t ask for more; it has a nice light haze that let you know copious amounts of hops were used here).
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wafting tangerines in the aroma. Slightly hazy medium gold in color. Little head. Medium bodied, certainly better as it warmed. Very specific hoppiness, live and direct with the simcoes and amarillos. Incredibly juicy and resinous with a lingering hoppiness. Quite a nice IPA.