rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. yellow golden color, with a white head, nice floral hop nose of resinous pineniddle, coniferous, cedary accent, with some lime citrusy esters, and a hint of toastiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasted malt, juicy piney, resinous character, with a good flowery hop leafy, coniferous, cedary flavor, with a mild minty accent, with some lemon citrusy fruitiness, leading towards a warming sweet malty, fruity, grapefruit, peachy, hop resiny bitterness finish.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml, bottled 9/22/08. Piney, citric hop nose, fresh, strong and leafy, with lighter notes of honey, bubblegum and faint vanilla. Mostly clear medium golden color, head is very fine and slight. Flavor is massively hoppy and bitter thoughout, resinous pine, citrus fruit (particularly lemon) and peppery spice abound, with lighter aspects of pale, grainy, honeyish malt, but managing to remain dry beginning to end. Finish seems to go on forever, with coating hop resins supplying ample bitterness and flavor well after quaffing. Oily, rather thin mouthfeel, not much effervescence to speak of, body is certainly full enough. This is seemingly lacking a bit in depth and construction.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
O’Brien’s in San Diego. Pours a warm golden color from the tap with a firm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Perhaps the best IPA I’ve ever had. Balanced flavors of bitter hops, cream, pine needles, and citrus. Worth the wait.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ucusty for this splendid brew!
Pours a bright hazy pumpkin orange amber, very nice effervescent white head, leaves a bit of dirty looking lacing.
Smells great - powerful pine, citrus, and hops.
Taste is sweet up front with bitter citrusy hops, lupulin, and good malt undertones.
The mouthfeel is very nice, coats the mouth, is on the very lowest end of thick, warms as it goes down.
Overall - this is a great IPA that doesn’t quite seem to be thick or strong enough to qualify as a IIPA or imperial. It reminds me of a less thick and alcoholic Dreadnaught. I’d drink this stuff every day if I could!
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. A beer that actually lives up to the hype. The smell is perfect, like a pine forest. It’s a golden color with a small, sticky, white head. Taste is piney and straight grapefruit. Ultra hoppy, without being bitter in the slightest. Just a perfect-made hop bomb. A little light on the palate, but still superb.
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 On draft, in Philly, Monkâ€™s Corner. This beer is phenomenal! And I thought you could get anything in NYC, wrongâ€”I wish California had better distribution. Iâ€™ll use one word: GRAPEFRUIT! Iâ€™ve got to hunt this one down...
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Bottle... Poured orange with a thin, bubbly, white head. Nothing but floral hops on the nose that were intense and vibrant. Dry palate, but the higher alcohol kept it lively feeling on the tongue. Citrus fruit flavors mixed with overpowering hops. This beer is a must have for any IPA and IIPA fan.
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Many thanks to BlackForestCO for the hook up. Pours orange with light yellow hues, great effervescence and a small, rimming white head. Big citrusy, resiny, hop nose, bubblegum, lemon, grapefruit. Tate of light caramel background with lots of hop flavor and bitterness, citrus, lemon, grapefruit and resin. Dry finish and mouth feel is slightly lacking. Absolutely freakin’ amazing.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Super hops aroma. Fresh and juicy and fruity. Apricot and grapefruit and pine. Outstanding aroma. Amber gold body with haze and a thin white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body, not quite chewy, with medium carbonation. Awesome flavor with pine and grapefruit. Sweet pilsner malt, turbinado sugar and caramel. Finishes really bitter with juicy hops and mild sweet acidity. Dry after bitterness and watery hoppy notes. Nice beer.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great honey hop aroma. Decidedly unbalanced hop. Punched me in the face. Lightly syruppy. Just didn’t think this lived up to the hype. Not well balanced.