BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear golden color with a medium well lacing tan head. Very crisp citrus and hop aromas. Great mix of hops provides a balanced taste of citrus and hops.Very rrisp and clean.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at O’Brien’s. Appearance is a clear amber hue, thin white layer of dense head, big thick lacing all over the glass. Smell is huge hops --grapefruit, pine resin, grass, lemon zest--, sweet bread malt tones linger in the background. Taste is moderate-full hop flavors, sweet grapefruit and citrus balance out the more bitter pine resin, hints of bread and grain malts are barely perceptible, finishes dry and bitter. Palate is full-bodied, thick and oily texture, moderate carbonation. Overall great flavor and body for a single IPA at 6%, solid throughout, no glaring shortcomings for this style, definitely a favorite and repeat performer, this ranks on my short list of top single IPAs
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Richmond Summer Gathering. 500ml bottle - not sure who brought this one. Clear golen orange with a white head. AMAZING nose - a hop festival! Mild malts barely standing behind a wall of hop scents - grassy, orange citrus, herbal... just WOW. Dry floral flavors, grassy with light caramel. Somehow, the flavor never delivers on the promises of the fantastic nose. Still, a really good IPA.
Oscbert (1019) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Pours a light golden color with lasting white head. Good lacing.
~Nice grapefruit hop aroma with slight malty sweetness.
~Good citrusy flavor, mild malts.
~Medium sticky feel, bitter finish.
~A nice west coast IPA. Nothing spectacular though.
ross (2078) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Joey. 500ml. Bottled 2 weeks before I drank it, cant get much fresher. After drinking the Pliny I had a while ago, I was very excited to get to try this one. Orange colored pour with no head. Smell is a giant amount of hops. Smells like a fresh hop, grassy, some orange, awesome. This is how a beer should smell. Taste is bitter, like eating a hop cone, very refreshing. Something that will not find the back of my celler, this one needs to be drank immediately. Really good stuff, typical of RR.
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 ipa’s 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