mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml bottle from a cross country trade with my buddy Ryan.. Been dreaming about this brew for some time now. Pours a deep gold, with a reddish glow in the center. Fire opal. Suprisingly white, pillowy head. Cumulohoppus. Aroma is very powerful, pine, fresh-squeezed citrus, and dare I say it, notes of powerful marijuana. Taste is hop centric, with a nice bitter bite on the finish that I find myself missing in other, "smoother" hop bombs. 20 minutes later -- like all great IPA’s, this one has brutalized my palate thoroughly, and now, in the final pleased sip, it is honey sweet, with a bitter kiss. Bravo, California -- how can your economy be such a mess when you’re churning out gems like this one? Four words: San Diego Hop Rush
Darkmagus82 (1219) - - SEP 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-27-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a two finger nearly pure white head. The head has a fair level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a very nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of a citrus aroma being both sweet and hoppy at the same time. The sweet citrus is of tangerine and orange while the hoppy is of grapefruit. Mixed with these smells is a bready aroma as well as a bit of caramel and some pine hop smells. Overall the aroma is citrusy, but yet still maintains a nice balance.
Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready and sweeter taste with the sweetness being of a caramel, tropical and citrus fruit flavors of orange and tangerine. With these flavors so too comes some grapefruit hop upfront, which starts out at a moderate strength and grows stronger to the end. Along with the grapefruit increasing some pine hop flavors also come to the tongue while the caramel flavors, that were initially present begin fading. In the end with the hop increasing and the sweet decreasing a nice crisp and mainly citrusy hop flavor to be left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a nice smoothness throughout. The carbonation is on the slightly lower side which when combined with the creamier body of the brew and the nice balanced sweet and hoppy taste overall create a very easy drinking feel.
Overall – A very tasty IPA no doubt, but not as amazing and overshadowing of other IPA of its strength and class as many make it seem, which is likely driven by limited availability/distribution. It is certainly well worth a try though if you get a chance.
ippopotamo36 (167) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in Belgrade with huge huge thanks to luttonm and travlr. Pours orange/golden clear with a white foam which leaves a fantastic lacing and draft. 3 months old bottles: nose of pine resiny, pineapple and grapefruit skin. Simply amazing. Mouth: citrus peel, orange, balanced bitterness, dry feel cleaning the mouth from bitterness. Simply great!
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zoucrew102 (523) - - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
510ml bottle into an IPA glass. Lovely citrus hop aroma with slight pine resiny notes and a hint of tropical fruit. Pours golden amber colored with a thick soapy white head and very little lacing. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a good amount of malt and excellent citrus and tropical fruit flavor to start. Finishes dry with a bit of pine resiny hop flavor with just a hint of bitterness. Refreshing, flavor ipa with excellent balance and without the harsh bitter bite. Fantastic ipa!
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stor takk til Asle Bjørn for denne! Aller siste flaske (bottled 07.08.14) på RBHD-samlinga på Mosterøy: klar gylden med medium skum. Et mesterverk i smaksrikdom og friskhet i yndefull balanse. En aroma man bare kan drømme om. En syntese av alt som er godt innen stilen, og med en intens renhet og klarhet. Ganglag for sjelen, et fyrtårn å navigere etter.
RafeAU (112) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at toronado, san francisco. Hoppy without going to excess, moderately bitter finish. well balanced. Nice double IPA.
dlovell2 (772) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you to my friend dsandanto for getting this one for me. Pours light hazy golden/amber color with white head. Aroma is juicy fruity citrus, tropical fruit and resiny pine. Thick light syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor starts off citrus followed by pineapple and mango flavor and finishing with grapefruit peel and resiny pine bitterness. High expecttion for this brew and it delivered.
Maxbier (255) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden with thin lacy head. Sweet tropical fruit and some piney hops in the aroma. Taste is tropical- mango, citrus, pineapple. Malty but not sweet. Bitter but not biting. Finish is warming bitter with citrus and malt linger. Thanks Dan for sharing!
htzpah (96) - - SEP 2, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
An odd, French cheese stink on the nose. Very pungent. Harsh bite and flavor. No idea why it's so popular. A particularly bland hop hit of an IPA.
biggsbowler (289) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours golden w/ white head. A nice hoppy and piney nose. The taste is well balanced between the hops and malts with nice citrus notes. Overall, its solid!!!
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Classic West Coast double IPA with rocky, snow white, stable head on an orangey amber beer with vivid sparkling, clear. Very strong and inviting citrussy hops in the nose, very flowery too, grapefruit, rosewater, apple peel, white pepper, toasted bread... Vivid citrus freshness in the mouth, hint of iron, perfumey and toasty with nutty malt base, very agreeable hops, oily, very aromatic if not ethereal, resinous, spicy, peppery, bitter and extremely long and complex, but not as ’biting’ as is often the case in this style. In all, an IPA balanced to utter perfection, elegant and complex, one of the best I had so far.