bhensonb (11066) - 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 (6890) - 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 (3800) - 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 (3722) - 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 (533) - La Mesa, 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.
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright light orange with a one finger white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, dank weed, and some light sweet malts. Taste is citrus (grapefruit and orange), resiny pine, grass, tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), and light sweet malts. Has a medium body with a slighty creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, pretty bitter, medium-long, slighty refreshing, juicy finish. Overall, a tasty, fresh tasting, hop forward IPA, that is nice on warm day.