larryLSB (497) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a growler, golden with medium off white head. Nice aroma of pine and citrus, very very hoppy, with a great taste. Medium bodied with a nice long aftertaste.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy gold with little head. Huge hoppy taste with citrus just after the nose. Finishes smooth and rounds out the hops. Doesnít taste too alcoholic and is very smooth.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler, thanks Josh!! Poured a slightly cloudy golden amber. Nose is spicy and hoppy. Once again the RR comes out with another hop delicious beer. Itís a bit thin in mouthful but the thinness ends there. This is loaded with delicious hops but has a fantastic malt backbone. This is sublime. Itís not a hop bomb. But it is full of hops. Honestly to me itís like a scaled down Younger.So glad I got to try it.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Russian river hopfather. Growler fill.. Pours a somewhat transparent pale orange
with a non-existing head (flat carbonation)... Juicy tropical
northwest hop profile... Fresh/bright tropical hop flavor with very little
carbonation. Nice flavor though despite lack of carbonation. Will need to retry but this one had a very nice aroma and flavor with the former really shining through.
popery (1879) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bistro 13th IPA Fest notes (and re-tasted later). Outstanding IPA. Among the best that Iíve tried. Iím surprised that this beer isnít rated more highly. Light gold body with a foamy white head. The aroma is a pungent mix of pineapple, pine and bright, sweet lemons. The hops intense and refuse to relent in the slightest. It tastes much less bitter than the aroma would suggest and is actually quite drinkable. Dry. Feel suffers ever so slightly from the nonstop onslaught of hops. Excellent IPA. The winner for the day.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Toronado. A hazy amber with a small white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of pine and citrus hops. Initial taste is pine followed by a malty sweetness with a strong bite on the finish. Light bodied. Great beer.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Pours medium golden with a two finger white head. Huge, bright nose and flavor with pine, some sweet citrus and slightly lemon, with earthy and caramel influence as well. Very easy drinking and light on the palate with subtle bitter finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Russian River. Listed at 7%, if Iím not mistaken. Pours a bright, modestly clear, golden-copper color; significant, fine-bubbled off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Significant oranges, pine, and citrus hop character in the aroma; very quiet malt character at the core (light candied oranges, melded with the hop character), and a minimal yeast contribution; this is, per usual, head-on, well-rendered hoppy goodness; resiny, juicy, nothing rough; seems like a rather strong Amarillo contribution. Medium to medium-full body; modest carbonation; generally smooth and non-astringent presentation; following the aroma, lots of orange, pine, and citrus (mild grapefruit, mostly lemon) hoppiness upfront and throughout: resiny, modestly juicy, nothing rough here; again, the malt core and yeast contributions are quiet, with just a bit of the toasty maltiness showing through with any prominence; overall, this is lacking compared to something like Blind Pig and PtE, and maybe itís (alleged, by me) the more prominent focus on Amarillo-like hopping here, which is oily and smooth, but lacks a sufficient bittering contribution and doesnít quite fill things out; normally I love Amarillo, but it leaves a bit of open space here, compared to Vinnieís other hoppy goodness. Lasting finish of citrus, oranges (long, bitter ending), and a mild, quiet toastiness.
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at RR. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is orange popsicles and malt; a lot like Two Hearted. Flavor has some of that Centennial, but mostly more in your face hops. Lasting bitter grapefruit rind finish.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Golden beer with a whitish head. Big summer fruit aroma with light grapefruit. Summer fruit and grapefruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Summer and light grapefruit lingers with light malt backing.