Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On cask at the PP Real Ale Fest 2006) Caramel, (not like caramelized malt, like Brach’s) and herbal flowery hops. Mild caramel and cream everywhere, mild bitterness, herbs, slight grapefruit and apricot. Finishes sweet and dusty with grape fruit and a touch of more caramel.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is warm golden amber with a small off white head...smell is floral and piney with a nice toasty malt hint coming in as it warmed...nice and well balanced...sweet and fruity throughout with the hop citrus and resin flavors not overwhelming the biscuity sweetness from the malty...crisp and quick finish...
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden color, low cream color head. Nice grassy flowery aroma. Big strong full-bodied flavor. Good example of a double IPA. Strong malt with stronger hop balance. Nice sticky hop coating on tongue. Santa Barbara Brewing has some great hoppy ales. As it is my home town, where I grew up, i get to go back periodically and get a taste.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask sample at the ’06 Real Ale Fest. Piney citrus in the nose. STrong grapefruit bitterenss in the flavor along with strong rind and generic hop bitterness. The usual caramel-malt sweetness. A strong beer but not compelling.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at 2006 PP Real Ale Festival. Pours a cloudy golden color with no head or lacing. ARoma is hoppy and fruity- very nice marriage of smells that is really pleasant on the nose. Flavor is very, very grassy and bitter with a strong hop presense. Lots of floral notes come through towards the end. Very coating on the palate. Very enjoyable beer that i had multiple times at the fest.
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real ale fest cask Very seet malt nose and intense hops, almost too sweet but the hop edge helped out, a little heat that I liked and very thick palate.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this at the Pizza Port real ale fest, 2006. This beer poured beautifully, the cascading bubbles rolling up into a nice one finger white head over an orange body. The flavor is hoppy with a nice malty backbone. Very nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On cask at the PP Real Ale Fest 2006) The slighlty cloudy orange amber body is topped with a thick creamy head with a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty yet full of hops with citrus and pine notes, and an underlying creamy note. The flavor is very similar with a little more grainy malt. Medium to full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.