BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Pacific Liquor at Renaissance at North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: June 28, 2013
Consumed: July 6, 2013
Poured a honey golden clear color with 1-2 fingers of grayish white head. Sporadic spiderweb lacing on the sides. Average-to-below average retention.
Smelled a deep whiff of malty citrus hops. Could smell the bitterness. Caramel, toffee, tropical hops, lemon, iced tea, Columbus hops and orange.
Tasted a bit better than the smell. Reminded me slightly of a Manzanita IPA or an English IPA. Bitter and dry at the end, but good flavor. Citrus hops, mainly lemon, iced tea, resin hops and faint sugary grapefruit.
Light body. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Had me wanting to come back for more.
This beer grew on me as it went down. I’d give it another try.
Kroney (125) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a nice golden orange with a nice white head that leaves plenty of lacing. aroma is floral and pine hops with a little citrus and a decent amount of sweetness from the malt. flavor is mostly malt forward, with some hop bitterness in the middle, and a good amount of alcohol warming at the finish... and at 6-7% abv, that’s a very bad profile. overall the beer is very drinkable, but it needs some work to take it to the next level.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Dry, floral hops and bitterness with a clean, dry malt backbone on the aroma. Taste is mostly bitterness with light pine but it’s balanced with some trailing malt sweetness and a smidge of alcohol. Clean, relatively dry beer. Makes me think of a dialed down Stone IPA. Nice beer.
StefanSD (1921) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent 18k gold color with a medium white head that has good retention. The aroma is a bit subdued with grapefruit and pine. The taste is a hops forward IPA with grapefruit, pine and some cotton candy set in a biscuit malt base. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. The finish is medium in duration, clean and dry. Overall: Really good IPA, perfect for after work on a hot summer day.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange colored beer with a white head. Sweet citrus and candy on the nose. Sugar, caramel, and pine. Maybe a touch of kiwi (the one really nice thing about the beer). Flavor is sweet and malty. Sugar, caramel, and bread. Pine, some grapefruit, and a hint of bitterness.
bhensonb (9817) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from CraftShack. Pours amber gold with a decent foamy white head. Aroma is mixed citrus/resin. Med body. It’s very hoppy stuff. It’s earthy, floral, citrus, pine - sort of in that sequence. The malt holds the hop, but very, very gently. This is an ale that suggest there’ll be a hop burn. Finishes earthy bitter for me. Just excellent.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours with a deep crystal clear gold body that supports a modest dirty white head of foam. The aroma offers up an initial note of grapefruit like citrus hops and then it gets into a pleasing array of dank onion and shallot like earthy hoppiness that swirl around the citrus notes. The taste is similar with a tasty rich mix of grapefruit and tangerine as well as bitter hoppy onion dankness and slivers of pine hops. These notes come together very well and lead to a semi dry finish that creates a fairly sessionable sort of drinkability. Solid IPA.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a two finger thick, fairly good lasting, pale tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a clear, red-copper color that shws a brilliantly clear, almost metallic, massively bright copper hue. The beer is expressively hoppy in the nose, and is noticeable as soon as I pop the cap. Caramelized citrus zest, bright tangelo, candied grapefruit zest, lots of lychee, softer floral peach and tropical notes round out the “sweet” side of the hops, but there is also an herbal, dank edge to the hop aromatics; slight menthol, definite pine, some “hemp” oil dankness, and a hint of woodiness plays a supporting role to the other hop notes. As you really start to dig into the nose some malt character starts to become noticeable, whole grain cracker, and a touch of dried hay.
Fairly dry, but not so much that the hop character isn’t still juicy, definitely light bodied and quaffable, but still has some palate heft to it, and this has a huge bitterness to it that lingers in the finish. Juicy hop flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo zest, floral peach nectar, sweetened hemp oil, ripe spruce tips; really just a huge mix of citrus, woody pine, backed by dank herbaceous notes.
This is a really fantastic IPA, it hits the spot if you like an aggressively hopped IPA that doesn’t really get harsh or too hoppily astringent. You can’t beat a fresh, overly hopped IPA.
nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Clear amber with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is resin, grapefruit and orange caramel. Taste is the same with some wood and minty hop on the finish as well. Light-medium body has low-average carbonation and finishes dry.
Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fresh tasting. Tons of hops with a smooth finish. Every bit of a San Diego IPA as I could have expected.