JohnnyJ (4323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the SD Real Ale Fest 2012. Dark amber pour, slightly hazy, with an off white head. Pretty sweet, bread, caramel malt, and herbal bitter hops. Decent.
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a draft into a pint at San Diego Brewing Company. About one finger when I got it. Color was thick brown. Light brown lacing that remained throughout the pour. Lots of wet, gray film.
Smelled of wet cascade hops I think. Also got some lemon and caramel. There was another spice in there that wasnít too great.
The taste was a lot different than the smell. Huge alcohol kick. Caramel, wet hops and an iced tea feel, which usually means rye for me.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long-lasting smooth finish.
Really enjoyed this beer overall. Didnít like it at first but it really grew on me. Iíll be having it again for sure.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear crisp amber. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Flavors follow with the hopiness. Very sweet flavors with notes of cinnamon and mild pepper. Mouth is a little too syrupy for my liking but a nice beer non the less.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at SD Brew co. Orange amber with white head. Nice straightforward IPA/IIPA. Nose is piny sweet hops and citrus. Taste is sharp hops, with a nice tart mouthsmack. Good sharp mouthfull. Clean finish.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at O’Brien’s.
Appearance is a dense and cloudy orange/amber hue, thin layer of white head with minimal lacing.
Smell is sweet hop juice aromas, mostly characterized by floral and earthy tones, smooth and sweet scent.
Taste is mostly hops [grapefruit/lemon] with sweet bread malts, dry bitterness enters midway, some hints of tea and grassy tones, finishes sweet and bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery to smooth texture, no carbonation (cask).
Drinkability is high, smooth and easy-drinking DIPA off the cask, I like my friend’s comment that this tastes like a "hoppy iced tea", i’ll have to check this out on draft when it comes around.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-amber. Mango, orange, simcoe sort of nose - nice bright hops. Bright simcoey stuff on the palate - nothing special but a nice brew.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at brewpub. Dark amber color, no head. Herbal and pine-forward hop nose. Confusing array of flavors including an initial alcohol shock followed by a thin, angry unbalanced body that is like the animal itís named for: not as nice as it would seem at first.
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Marks for Appearance are an average, as beer was sampled in weak artificial light after dark. Fine, if powerful C-hops, with some malts backing the full aroma. Very delicate (yes!), flowery, dried roses flavours, sweet lassi and again tangerine hops. Rather light MF. Nearly - I say, nearly - delicate hopbeer.
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On taps at SDBC. Pours with a really nice honey colored hue. Nose is very citrus and hops. Flavor is hops forward and more hops after that with a cool piney, resiny flavor. The finish is sharp and bold. All and all this is a very nice IIPA and will be a big favorite of any hop-head!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at SD BrewCo., this is a second tasting several months after my first, just after it was brewed this spring. Arrived a clear dark orangey amber with a small off-white head. Bold aroma, rich with biscuity and toasty malts, still a big hop presence though this beer is a few month old, citrus and pine along with a bit of dustiness. Flavor was also featured the nice malt backbone, again biscuity from the ESB malts, but followed up closely by the still plentiful spicy citrus and gently pine hops, leaving a tingly, astringent aftertaste. Medium to full body, gently tingly carbonation. Though not as brash and bright as it was originally, though itís still flavorful, interesting and enjoyable. Kudos to Dean for taking risks in brewing!