SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pint, 9 fl. oz. - bottled on 07/22/08: Deep golden pour with a skinny head that really wants to lace. The aroma is just fantastic - bright hops are an understatment. Notes of rindy clementine and sweet oranges meld well with lighter notes of candied oranges, wet grass, pine needles, peaches and apricots. A more intense rindy note meets the tongue, reminiscent of pink grapefruit. Prickly carbonation breaks up the hoppiness. A mild caramel base works to balance the hop onslaught, but comes up a bit sharp. I would boost the caramel in this to balance the insanely complex and bitter hops. A nice example with the aroma easily beating out the body.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stefanje you are the man. Thanks for this bottle. Wow what an amazing hop bomb! Golden pour with a white head. Aroma is citrus and pine. Some malts can be had in the nose, but the power of the hops takes over! And then the flavor...tastes like biting into a nice big chunk of grapefruit skin...also some pine notes in it. I could sit and live off the aroma of this beer for days...and the flavor is just plain amazing.
Tmoney99 (12406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good brew.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought this in a bottle at Arrow liqourmart in Littleton, CO. Appearance- Straw colored, decent clarity for the strength. Not a lot of head to speak of. Aroma- Spicey and Piney hops are present. The taste is similar to the hops in the aroma, with a bready malt/yeast profile. It’s good, but I wouldn’t agree with a 98 rating.
dalekliz (903) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, sampled at RBSG 08. Pours a hazy amber with a white ring. Huge bitter and sweet hops aroma, with a lot of citrus. Clean, crisp hops taste, with pine and citrus notes. Big lingering bitterness. Great IPA.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
A deft flock of crisp biscuity malts grazes the greenest hoppiness; its citrusy, floral, spicy and resinous crops provide a seemingly eternal string of bouquets for this quintessential West Coast IPA experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the hazy blond-beige.
-The hop profile is so eloquent and so engaging, it’s hard not to be attracted to.
-The long bitterness is quite sandy and redolent of the Simcoe variety.
-Although I greatly appreciate Pliny The Elder, I would drink a lot more Blind Pig if it were available to me.
-I like the fact that the malts are crisp and not too sweet; this increases drinkability and let’s the perfumy hops express themselves fully.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Great hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine. A little more balanced than Pliny the Elder (although I like Elder better). Solid IPA though, very enjoyable.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice enough West coast IPA that is not as hopped-up as some. Still, plenty of grapefruit bitterness to scrape the tongue long into the finish. Sweet backbone to balance the 70 ibus, though the sweetness blunts the hops so that they aren’t as crisp as some West coast style IPAs. Hazy dark yellow pour with appealing and lasting white head. The aroma is hoppy with notes of grapefruit, orange, resin, pine. The malt aroma is light to medium with notes of toasted grain, caramel and a hint of rye. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. The sweetness carries through to the finish (orange juice), but the bitterness intensifies a bit (unsweetened grapefruit juice). Medium body with a velvety texture. Lively carbonation. Thanks Aubrey.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an almost clear amber, nice, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is right away pine oil, grapefruit and hops. Flavor is more of the same, pine oil, grapefruit, hops, with a touch of caramel and soap in the background.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating per .5L bottle. I’ve had this on tap in Santa Rosa and it’s much better than the bottled version. A beautiful honey-colored liquid pours out to form a slightly hazy body and a bountiful, off-white head that forms a lumpy landscape, eroding into thick rings and blotches on the side of the glass. The aroma is magnificent, whispering "surely this was dry-hopped," and wafting flowers and citrus blended with pine, light honey, and a sweet french roll. Sadly the bottled version is rather flat--at least my bottle is--but we have a medium body, extremely light carbonation, watery. The plus is that it’s still incredibly refreshing, and there are enough hops to give the illusion of a dry finish. I taste a nice mouthful of hops, not a nasty one, that is strong but not overly so with a nice blend of pine, citrus, and a touch of fruitiness for hops. Hops are matched with a bit of sugar, a bit of that bread we smelled earlier, and some pollen. In the mouth it’s decently balanced, and the aftertaste is dry and well-hopped, boasting of grapefruit, pine, and pollen. Easy drinking, delicious, refreshing...I’m very fond of this IPA. I recommend finding it on tap though re: carbonation issue.