ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handpump(???) at Lanesplitter in Berkeley. Gorgeous: mostly-clear amber with a huge off-white creamy head, mostly still. Aroma is lovely and clean: fresh cascade hops (citrus/pine, slightly floral) over a background of sweet malt. Big bitter kick at first taste, resinous/piney hops are the main flavor component. Grapefruit comes through in the moderately-dry finish. Bitterness and grapefruit flavor lingers. The malt is a bit understated for my taste; could be sweeter. Medium body with a nice alcohol tingle but definitely undercarbonated. Why on earth is this on a handpump?
I brought a growler home from the brewery a couple weeks ago, and the carbonation level was much more appropriate, though unfortunately I drank the first glass much too cold and subsequent glasses (days later) showed definite oxidation. Based on a small taster I had at the brewery, it seems likely the beer would deserve a higher rating if served properly.
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy of The Fly. Fantastic hoppy aroma that lingers on and on. great balance between the malts and hops with a nice bitter finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado. Transparent and pale golden rod in color with recessing marshmallow lace and a creamy, thin, off-white layer to fill the bill as the well-retained head. Honeydew, simcoe reverence, melon drops, sugary fried grapefruit, honey dipped lemongrass and sugary accolades through the roof. Starfruit, kiwi and dried apricots bring up the aromatic rear. If the nose ran the show, this beer would be filed under "perfect." Fulfilling flavor achieves fruity dryness with orange powder and strawberry kiwi. Subtle flavor composure leads into a bitter exposure that is then translocated to honey brushed grapefruit pulp. Medium bodied, good temperature and great tempo. An absolutely solid, balanced, imperial IPA. Grapefruit and kiwi chunks floating in clementine juice stir up a stark revelation of a dry, clean and bitter finish.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Bottle courtesy of cloudskipper. Bottle 071008 and consumed exactly one month later. Pours a pale golden topped by a sticky white lingering head. Gorgeous aroma. Bright clean grapefruit and pine resin with a light spiciness over the top. Lots of light resinousness on the back as well. Crisp maltiness on the back that just lets the bright hoppiness shine through. Zesty and very bright with a long lingering hoppy finish. MMMMM. Why canít I get this stuff here?
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy light amber beer, thin white head. Beautifully fresh hoppy aroma. Grapefruity citrus, cascade, pine resin. A bit of pepper which adds nicely to the refreshing aroma. Flavour is well-hopped, citrus/pine, a touch of tropical fruit and orange. Strong enamel-peeling resinousness flavour. Great bitter finish. A touch of bready sweetness but only enough to suggest that this isnít straight up hop juice. Oh, yeah, did I mention itís awesome?
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redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a treat! I was surprised to see this on tap. Iíve read about this, and was wondering if i would get a chance to taste this. Wonderful Hollinghead Deli in Orange apparaenlty has this or one of his nephews on tap regularly. Nice amber color, with good creamy head. Very hoppy/grassy, slightly flower aroma. Very sticky lace all the way down. Very balanced malt and hop flavor, but that could be the hop-head talking. Would love to have a 90 minute, ruination, Buzz Saw, and Pliny the elder taste off. But would need to take a nap afterwards. Love this beer
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Sputyen. Clear amber orange in color with a little white head. Nice citrusy hoppy aroma. Grapefruity notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Nice bitter dry finish. Well balanced. Medium bodied. Very nice. It was a treat to drink this.
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Russian River Brewery. This blonde ale poured with a thin white head. This beer is very highly hopped! There is a pleasant malty flavor, followed by a long bitter finish. A real treat for hopheads, and a fine brew for all.
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler: Courtesy of Styles. Great aroma with lots of sweet citrus and grapefruit. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a huge white head with great retention and lacing. Lots of sweet citrus flavors up front. Finishes with a well balanced grapefruit hoppiness. One of the most well balanced IIPAís Iíve had and definitely one of the best.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks Styles.. A tad bit of oxidation oh well.. A noticiable aroma of pine with an array of hop aromas citrus, grapefruit and some spice in there. Appearance was a brilliant golden head was minimal due to growlers age. Nice balance to its overall flavors. Not to citrusy malt balances it out very well
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at OíBrienís. Murkey Sundown pour with a slight head. Huge amount of malts and hops. Grapefruit, pines with good carbonation with a tangy and sweet and salty finish. Problem was it was too resiny for me. Lots of hop resins present give it a nail polish hint. But overall pretty good.