glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got to taste this....at the Oregon Brewer’s Fest. Lived up to the hype for sure. Huge hop taste and aroma. Amazing hops for such a balanced beer. I’m a fan of hop juice, and this is one of my favorite balanced IPA’s....
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, now that was a good IPA. Found this on tap in Livermore, CA. I need to take a bunch of it back to Tucson with me.
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
got a growler from a friend who lives in san Diego. I loved it. Great fruity aroma and flavor. A huge hop blast. I think it is the best IPA i have ever had. Better than three floyds and stones ruination. not that i would EVER turn those two beers away. thanks to my friend tod for bringing this to me.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap pours clear copper/gold with big white head and nice lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit and sweet malt. Taste is big on hop bitterness with a nice sweet carmel balance and a great piney hop flavor. Finnish is a bit alcoholic with large amounts of lingering hops. Overall exceptionally smooth for a double IPA with hops being the star of the show.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught, Hollingshead’s) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, florals, and breadinesss. Good balance of hops and malt with a bitter finish. Enjoyable Double IPA.
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 (8746) - 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 can’t 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 isn’t straight up hop juice. Oh, yeah, did I mention it’s 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. I’ve 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