Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by Alex (Masterski)...thanks dude! Didnít figure is get to try this...Alex always comes through. Boy, did he ever! Poured into Light of the Living Ales tasting glass.
A - Pours golden color with a fingers-worth of white head. Thereís a slim ring around the glass and some fizz here and there.
S - Huge hoppy/pine, very slight floral, big sweet malty backbone. Very nice meld going on here.
T - Hops and malts, and lots of íem. Big hops up front and then the sweet malts follow. Pretty straight forward here. Bitter finish.
M - Medium bodied, very smooth, oily finish.
D - I like this IPA, although Iím not so sure Iíd consider it outstanding. RR continues to make beers that kill it though and this is a welcome addition to their already stellar lineup. Falls behind Blind Pig and both Elder/Younger.
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared thanks to largadeer.
The beer pours into the tulip glass an excellent golden color with a well-formed one-finger white head and some decent lacing.
Very nice aroma somewhat different from other Russian River beers, but still very west coast IPA. The hop profile is very fruity, especially grapefruit, with some pine and a little sweet malt and honey.
Very hoppy and tasty on flavor. Grapefruity with other citrus and some resin. Malts are very restrained, but maybe not as much so as in other Russian River IPAs. Just a little sweetness to balance.
Medium-bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel and hop oils on the palate. Good carbonation level.
Well what do you know, another good IPA from Russian River. Extremely drinkable and up there overall with Elder and Blind Pig. Brew this again, Vinnie!
ryanwspeir (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
orangish copper color with heavy head presence, maybe an inch and a half which reduces nicely to a strongly present lacing that shadows the beer as it lowers down the glass. although there are fruity (grapefruit) piney hops and a sweet, honey-like taste upfront, the beer seemed to be more bitter upfront and then flowed or transitioned into a smooth and fruitier aftertaste that lingered for a while, which is the opposite of most beers like it from my experience. it certainly did not taste like the 9% abv and its smoothness and drinkability could be dangerous if you donít watch yourself!
italianjohn (2682) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 Pours a clear golden pour thin white head that didnít last long light lacing ..... piney citrusy hop aroma that you can smell from a foot away ...... piney and citrusy hop and a little sweet malt in the taste with loads of bitter hop that gives it a spice and bitter hop feel that dominates ..... finishes dry and spicy ..... looks like the younger and smells like it but is dry hopped .... had it a month later and it was less bitter and more piney kind of mellowed and had tons of citrusy flavor ... very well put together
TheEpeeist (3668) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2010 On tap at the Grey Lodge. Clear straw with an orange tinge and trace foam. Nose is orange, grapefruit and catty pine. Medium light with sharp, sparkling carb. Taste is super resiny pine with grapefruit and tangerine peel. Dry aspirin finish; soapy but in a good way. Elegant simplicity.
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 [Draft @ TJs Everyday] Caramel color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus, toast and grapefruit. Taste was light caramel sweetness up front, with grass, grapefruit, citrus fruits, and a bitter hop finish. I think itís appropriate to just say "Fuck the PA LCB" here.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Local 44 during PBW2010. Pours a hazy golden with a foamy white head. Aroma of lemon, grassy, fresh American hops, cereal grains and bready. Flavor matched aroma. Bitterness was moderate to high. Owner of Local 44 described this as a stepped down version of Pliny the Younger.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Triumph in Philly for Philly Beer Week. Pours a clear, glowing light orange/yellow with a dense, large, white head that leaves excellent lace. Aroma is strong/fresh tropical hops, Simcoe, caramel, lemon peel. Taste is soapy, hop-forward, gets a little coppery and a little vegetal- iron rich broccoli. Fully of spicy, resinous hops. Reminds me of month old PtE. Decent.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is zesty, citrusy sweet; so pleasant in the nose. The appearance is dark golden with a nice white head on top. The flavor of the subtle bitter, but smooth hops is all over the palate from the 75 IBUs.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 Draft at Memphis Taproom in Philly. Clear amber/orange color with a medium head. Aroma of intense tropical fruit and citrus; mango, tangerine, apricot and a little peach. Taste was dry with prickly hops bitterness and a little biscuity malt. Reminds me of a drier and fresher version of Sculpin.