steview (1030) - 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 (8291) - 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.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not going to lie, I don’t know what makes an IPA or IIPA in the database. But from my few years consuming a few of each of those styles this to me is an IIPA all the way. Maybe the ingredients dont tell that story, but there was very little if anything that made me think IPA. Strong potent hops flowing from the glass and slightly burning down the throat as I consumed it. Reminisent of any IIPA i’ve had. Huge piney citrus flavors all over. Fantastic for sure, wish I could keep a keg of it in the fridge at all times, becaus at 6% I could seriously keep on drinking it.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bronze-hued golden. Healthy dollop of persistent white cream laces nicely. Resinous and grapefruit-peel hop aromas reside over artfully restrained nut- and caramel-tinged malts. Hints of aspirin, tangerine and peach skin. Soft and fluffy carbonation. Unfiltered. Hops immediately unleash their resinous sting on the palate. Subdued yet bright pockets of airiness surge forth to offset the tacky oils while briefly unveiling softer, juicier dabs of mango, assorted melon, overripe peach, and grapefruit flesh. Bitter resurgence of hops evokes thoughts of pungent blood oranges and salted grapefruit rind, though the resin stops just shy of becoming fatiguing. Raspy notes of aspirin and chalk further tarnish the underlying succulent hop character which is just begging for attention. Malt remains steady, though always relaxed in its supportiveness, gently imparting pillowy textures of straw, nuts, and caramel. Finishes with hints of sharp candied lemon zest which does its best to keep the oily hops from becoming overly oppressive. While undeniably well-constructed (malts are clean, composed and soft, along with some nicely integrated esters), there is still a bit too much emphasis on the yeast and resin and not enough on bright hop flavor. Middle of the road.
pepsican (1454) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of citrusy orange hops. Flavor has orange and grapefruit with a strong caramel and toffee malt balance. a touch of pine rounds out the hops. Bitterness is medium, well balanced.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Thanks AgentSteve. Golden amber, Hoppy, fruity, little citrus, slight piney, simple.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma very baldly bitter hop-forward, only a touch of sweet/fruity malt way back there. Flavor still a touch overly bitterly hopped for me, but some fruitiness from probably both the hops and malt comes in more. Doesn’t go over the edge to bitter water though, so good, but not a great one for me.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx (thanks Marc!). Bottled 7/22/08. Pours a light orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of bitter bitter hops. Flavor is quite bitter initially with some orange peel. Drinkable, but this beer is lacking a good malt backbone to balance out those super bitter hops. Just ok for me.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with a thick off-white head that stuck around quite well and left some spotty lacing as it receded. Aroma of floral, resiny hops, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and a hint of pine. Hops right from the beginning with a light honey caramel sweetness rapidly transitioning into a resiny, leafy hops with a nice citrus fruit compliment of grapefruit, mango, and orange. Some light piny flavor on the finish. Overall, I think I liked this more than Pliney, I guess I will have to revisit both to be sure.
BeerBunker (731) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hazy golden color with a white head. Nice aroma of hops, citrusy flavors, and flowers. Taste is of very bitter hops and oranges. Nice carbonation. Bitterness lingers after each sip. Overal, I was unimpressed. Though it was a quite refreshing beer.