skmikeg (615) - 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.
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.
Rojum55 (12) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: citrus, floral.
Taste: medium bitterness, peach, pine, very carbonated.
Overall: I liked this one this is the kind of beer you can take to a party and enjoy the flavor. I think this a good IPA and I hope expect great things from Saint Archer.
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.
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.
bhensonb (9835) - 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.
StefanSD (1925) - 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.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden coloured body with a nice three centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of bright citrus and piney hops with a good floral and grapefruity note at the end - mouth watering! Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and floral hoppiness up front with a good malt backbone to balance and a smooth but pungent grapefruity hop finish. Aftertertaste has a deep hop bitterness with a great malt backbone and a relatively light and smooth finish for a San Diego based IPA, but still shows nicely. Overall, a good IPA that I wish I could get regularly, but not as hoppy nor as intense as AleSmith or Stone, but a solid choice for a SD-based IPA! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 07-June-2013 for US$4.49 sampled at home in Washington in celebration of finishing the USMC Marathon on 27-October-2013.
peteinSD (1178) - 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.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Stone Escondido. Clear orange. Decent lace. Red fruit and melon nose. Clean body, not as abusive as the other IPAs on tap today. Butterscotch adds some density and needed sweetness. Still, quite heavy on the bitterness. Solid.