00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fine example of an IPA. Pours out a coppery color with a nice beige head. aroma is floral and big on hops as should be expected. flavor is bitter, citrusy and a nice resin finish that i have come to love in IPAs. Outstanding brew
polarbeer (3) - USA - SEP 5, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best IPA I have tasted. It is well balanced and the aromas and taste are great. I had my first pint on tap at the brewery. It is worth making a trip to the brewery.
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can think of at least three IPA’s (West Coast) that are as good as this one. Two things stand out from those other exceptional American IPA’s. First and foremost this is the most aromatic IPA ever for me. Second, the overall smoothness and balance. The hops are big and bold like many others but the orange/ pineapple and piney resinous hops along with enough sweet malts make this one a wonderful brew. From a 500ml bottle. date of bottling: 7/13/08.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Explosive piney hops with yellow pear skin in the background. Tongue scrubbing bitter citrus hop flavor.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant golden. Super intense hop aroma. Exotic fruity hop aroma--apricot, mango some sprucy hints. This smells delicious. Medium-light body. Bright clean bitterness, shines right through. More exotic hop flavors. This is truly delicious. Big thanks to my buddy Matt for sending this along to me.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, intense aromas of pine/citrus hops and a touch of grass. Golden color that is perfect for an IPA. Flavor is pine hops (big surprise...), citrus, and green apple. Finish is smooth. Very good.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle. Pours a golden and slightly hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is all hops with strong citrus and subtle pine. Hoppy flavor with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Noticeable and strong bitter backbone that is balanced nicely by crystal malt flavors. Mouthfeel is excellent with a slightly thin feel that shows off the character of the hops without being syrupy or watery. Finish is long lasting, dry and tart. An original and a classic that paved the way for most of the strong IPAs on the market today.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Thanks BlackForestCO!) Pours a slightly hazy orange with a creamy off white head with wispy lacing. Extremely fresh west coast hop aroma- tons of piny/resiny character, perfumy orange spiciness, and only a touch of malt character in the back. Light body with mild carbonation. Flavor has tons of pine and resinous qualities, just a touch of cookie-like malt hints are detectable under the hop oils. Not much fruitiness other than a spicy/peppery citrus note and a very dry-piny, long finish. A generously hopped IPA, yet I’d like to see more tropical fruit character come though in the flavor.
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2010 Graciously given to me as a gift from Sparky27. Poured into a snifter, golden amber color with a nice head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste is citrus hops, piney nice malt touch to keep it balanced but the texture is a little watery for my likeing. Basically a good beer.. thanks E.****Update***bottle from josh... Nice IPA.. Grassy, fruity, citrus, all the typical west coast traits... ***Update****On tap at Monks in Philly July 26 10... Damn this was nice...reminded me of alesmith ipa. Hoppy bitterness, well balanced, really easy to drink. Much better on tap, then in bottle (duh)
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Bottle. Big thanks to Kegbear for this one. Poursgolden with nice white head. Aroma was citrus and hops with notes of pine and other fruits. Flavor was extreamly balanced between hops and malt. Big flavors of hops, citrus and pine. Caramel malts balance it out. Was hoping for a bigger hop flavor but still an outstanding brew and my first Russian River product.