TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear brass with thick, pillowy white foam. Sweet whole wheat bread aromas accompanied by citrus and pears; refreshing. Medium piney flavors accompanied by a light toffee, finishes with a nice bitterness. Medium body with high carbonation.
Itís closer to an English IPA but still has some West Coast characteristics. My only complaint is the carbonation is a little high, it creates a weird foam ball that doesnít marry with a crisp IPA.
chacobella (42) - Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
When in.....drink the local ipa. Christmas California trip I picked up a 3.99 bottle at Whole Foods, surprised by bitter hops and Belgian yeast flavors. Not your typical west coast ipa.
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber in santa cruz from the grocery store, decent ipa, nothing crazy here, good.
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared at tasting - Nose is really nice florals and pine cones. Something is odd with the yeast though - too many phenols from a basic ale yeast. Some mint and floral notes kicking around at the end. Finish is a bit buttery.
jredmond (5016) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Zdk at the Daduary 2013 tasting. Pours a crystal amber body with thin white lacing. Aroma is huge & sweet malt, spice with almost a belgian flare to it. Mouthfeel is again comprised mainly of sweet malts - little no hop flavor here which makes me think this could have been a touch too old. Would be interested in trying again.
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at a tasting. Notes were belgian spiced, dry, boozey, and too malty with an almost cotton candy like taste. I dont know how this is considered an ipa especially being from CA. Not good.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber pick up in the Seascape Liquor store in Aptos pours up slightly murky copper with gold edges and pushing up a billowing light tan head of foam. Uh oh. The head will literally go as high as you want it to. The aroma offers up apricot and yeasty tartness. The taste has a mix of tart lime and grapefruit with thin streams of non tart hop flavor and then the faintest malt sweetness well off in the background.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew is a golden-orange color with a medium rocky off-white head that diminishes slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops and caramel malt in the nose. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character and flavors of grapefruit, malt and caramel. The finish is fruity with a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours orange in color with a huge white head on it, far too much, in fact.
S: Smells alright at first. Some good citrus notes up front, but other than that, the nose is pretty "meh". Fairly malty with lots of bready malts and some toasted notes as well.
T: The flavor is similarly bready and mild to moderate in terms of the sweetness. Some citrus notes of grapefruit and oranges, and a decent amount of bitterness.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Unfortunately, this beer is just decent at best. Not really what you look for in a west coast IPA.
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
08-Jul-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 12-Jun-08 for $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Given that I didnít like the Pale Ale because it was grossly out of balance, my expectations are pretty low going into this IPA. But in fact, the flavor of the two products is so similar that I briefly suspected a labeling problem. The only obvious difference between the two beers is the color; the slightly hazy body of the IPA is golden-yellow in color, whereas the Pale Ale is closer to amber. The head is very lively, rising to two inches in height, even with a semi-careful pour, and the frantic activity of swirling carbonation rising through the beer explains the heady pour. The nose is very hoppy, with elements of pine, grapefruit citrus rind, leafy weeds and phenolics, but malt aroma is very light. A similar lack of balance hurts the flavor too. The hops deliver pine and citrus-rind flavors and strong dandelion-like bitterness from start to finish, but the grainy, pale malts contribute no sweetness and always remain pretty far in the background. On the palate, the beer is very dry and crisp, medium in body and medium in carbonation. Head retention is solid, the foam holding a thin layer. Some patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Overall, the trend for this brewery seems to be overhopped, out of balance beers, so the IPA doesnít really suit me either. If bitterness isnít reduced, then the malt profile needs a significant boost. Also perplexing is the fact that this new brewery currently makes three beers and two are very similar in character. A little separation would seem to make more sense.