BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unassuming, modest bronze body, but with an absolutely luscious, creamy, hop-resin filled head.. Aroma is sharp Chinook some fruity & grapefruity Crystal and some pine,.Perhaps a hint of Simcoe passionfruit. A fully hoppy flavor that is rather grapefruity and touches of over-ripe fruit. High, but manageable amounts of bitterness. Still, a couple of these are sure to give you a hop-headache. Co-humulone factor seems high. A solid IPA, but not quite a world-beater.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1000th Rating, big thanks to RiversideAK for this one! Pours a clear light copper/amber body with a frothy off white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is medium sweet with grapefruit, pine, bread and caramel sweetness. Flavor is grapefruit, pine and caramel. Very simple yet a wonderful blend. Medium to full body, thick texture. Sweet bitter/caramel flavor lingers nicely. Great beer!
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange amber,small lasting white head.Strong cat piss musty nose. Piney grapefruit hop profile, thin bodied but still has good malt presence. Long long finish
Not bad, but certainly not worth all the hype!!
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Father’s Office. Pours a copper amber color with a big white fluffy head that leaves very creamy lacing. Nose is big on citrus, pine, and a general giant barrage of hops and lemony goodness. Flavor is huge on citrus, grapefruit, some tropical influence, big pine, etc. Finish is real bitter and has a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Very tasty, impossible to stop drinking. Great beer.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Really nice big citrusy aroma; tangerine, grapefruit rind, lime, maybe even some lemon, also noticed some little grassy notes towards the end. Taste is predominantly grapefruit with a solid caramel backbone. Good mouthfeel with a fairly long, dry finish. A very good IIPA...but I would still take fresh Hopslam over this.
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, generously sent by Sparky27, thanks Eric!) pours hazy golden orange with a soapy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is full of citrus with orange peel, tangerine, mandarin oranges, a sweet undercurrent of caramel, The caramel starts to dominate as the beer begins to warm, with a slight scent of pepper as well. The taste is loaded with citrus, orange, a lot of lime, pineapple, and some caramel as well. The mouthfeel is medium with a lingering bitter finish. Quite a solid IIPA.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml. Quite possibly the most balanced beer i’ve ever had. Aromas were fresh, and the mouthfeel was so smooth I couldn’t believe it was 8%. Thank God I have more of this to enjoy for the next few months.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the tap poured an amber color with a small head. Flavor af tart citrus with a lasting finish.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 I have had a few disappointing IPA’s lately and I am glad that for my 500th rating this one lived up to its billing. Huge, floral hop aroma - very flowery and fresh. Looked great as all 500mL fit perfectly into my glass - hazy golden straw body with a big white fluff head. Very bready malt backbone with a very light caramel sweetness. The Hop profile is fantastic - big grapefruit component with underlying pine even a light floral minty piece. Fantastic drink.
2 month old bottle - CAUTION! DO NOT AGE THIS DRINK! A 2 month old bottle nets a 3.8 rating. Like Subway Sandwiches, Drink Fresh!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Juicy citrus nose on top of a light golden body. Lots of citrus - tangerines, in the flavor. Tastes freshly squeezed. Medium bodied, with no coarse bitterness or hints of alcohol. A great IPA!