AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another delicious beer from Russian River. These guys know what the hell they are doing. Big citrus nose and lots of hops in the flavor. Smooooooth bitterness.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great IPA with citrus nose. Some orange and grapefruit notes in the mouthfeel. Very crisp and dry, would make a great session beer.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint draft at the brewery. This is an excellent IPA. I agree with Taverner that itís largely a toned down version of Pliny the Elder (double IPA). Having talked to Vinnie Cilurzo (head brewer), he confirmed the recipes are similar. The citrusy and piney hops are enjoyable throughout the drinking but more complex than a simple Cascade hop bomb. Very good job!
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Like a toned down "Pliny the Elder," this beer is a good, piney, IPA. The hops hit you right off and sustain. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: Had this on tap at RR with a clean palate - OMG this stuff is good! Has that dank flavor the best IPAís do!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s IPA Festival ’07. Clear light orange-gold color with a fine white head. Sweet resinous hops in the aroma with a large fruit element as well--grapefruit, kumquat, cannabis. The flavor is clean with a "darker" malt profile and leafy herbaceous hops characteristics. The body is a bit thicker than their regular IPA with heavier bitterness as well. It is very well balanced nonetheless and leaves with a long, pleasant finish.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at the BP
Clear light yellow/orange with a full creamy white head tha lasts leaving dense thin lacing. Citrusy hops on the nose and a nice light but quite hoppy flavor. Surprised to see so many (72) IBUus listed for it on the board.
Bright abd lively IPA that doesnít feel that big.
hapjydeuce (911) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 On draft at Toronado in San Francisco & bottled release. The one thing I can definitely recall about this brew is PINE. Intense floral aroma off the the head of sap, resin, pine needles and a slice of fresh cut grapefruit. Not too heavy on the palate, but rather crisp and refreshing from the good level of carbonation. Great dose of bitterness; this is an extremely green-tasting beer, with a sweet malty backbone. Excellent balance, definitely a good example of a superb West Coast IPA / session beer.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Stone XI Party. Clear deep golden amber with no head. Sweet grapefruit and pine aroma. Nice tangy citrus, lemon, pragefruit, orange and pine with a bitterness and dry finish.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from Stone 11th party. Nice day to finally sample my first BP. Nice fluffy head on golden hues. Citrus floral aromas. Not overpowering bitterness but nicely balanced with some sweet malt. Perfect IPA for a warm SAn Diego afternoon as I am sure it was intended. Canít wait till it is bottled.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks you Taliskar for the latest growler, which by itself is a work of art replicating a Russian Rivern bottle. Big foamy head on dark grapefruit body. Floral hops, very pleasant aroma. AFter 7 days, we drunk this hardly changed from room temperature and very much liked its smoothness and taste.