djsampson (1) - LOS ANGELES, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had my first 831 in the Capitola, Calif. tasting room in Nov 2013. I went back the next day for another. I am now officially chasing the dragon, looking forward to my next trip up to Santa Cruz so I can haz moar.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap half pour $3 super delicious IPAis awful golden color that has a honey translucent appearance. This is good stuff. The boquet is a hop heads dream. The freshness of the beers that they produce is amazing. Flavor is big big hops and bitterness that sticks to the tongue. Awesome chewy grain in the flavor. Fabulous.
taylorfit (2) - Santa Cruz, - AUG 28, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy appearance with a full hop flavor. Finishes sour and very refreshing.
Tim and crew are killing it.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, dark yellow.. Saison looking.. Fresh, fresh, fresh.. Herbaceous, piney, citrus rind, and tangerine dominated aromas and flavors.. Delicate honeyed malt counterbalance rounding out mid-palate and finish, though unabashedly fresh hop dominated. Love the fresh hop layers!! West Coast style all the way! Blind Pig lookout!!!
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
bytemesis (2920) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours hazy golden amber with a small white head, bubbly. Dissipated quickly with some lacing. Very nice aroma, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, touchof cat piss. Flavor is about the same, light sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, oily tongue coating mouthfeel. Very nice.
PhillyCraft (3070) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the source, pours glowing murky orange with thin clear bubbled white head. Aromas and flavor are skunk, orange peel, pine, and dank hops. Super dry and bitter in the finish with a coating of orange resin left on the tongue.
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 On tap at the grand opening. Clear orange gold. Lemony grapefruit aroma, weed, acidic citrus. Malt is subdued, no sweetness to it. Perfect for an IPA. Citric hoppy without a whole lot of bitterness. Nice IPA.
Re-rate 9/4/13 from fresh growler: Pours a chill-hazed bronze orange with a thick eggshell head. Aroma has a lot of classic grapefruit character but also a lemon verbena tinge and some mild florals. Oily dank hops coat the palate, giving a refreshing illusion of acidity. Unripe grapefruit gives this resin bomb some fruitiness. The bitterness synergizes with the oily character of the hops, creating a round finish that maintains a lot of bite. As for the malt, it’s there -- but only to prop up the body. It really doesn’t impact the flavor very much at all, maybe a slight sourdough breadiness, but certainly no godawful heavy caramel or crystal influence. Palate-wise, I’ve had many beers with similar hop profiles that turn astringent with warmth, or that turn soapy once your tastes buds get acclimated to the hop oils. That’s not the case here. Even on pint 3, the beer remains fresh on the tongue without any off-notes.
My old rating is from Batch 1; I figure this deserved a new look -- glad I did. Bumped from 3.8 to 4.2. Cheers Tim!
Netsky (3) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredible hop aroma, hazy appearance, light in color. Bitterness is firm but not overwhelming, with a crisp and dry finish. A very good West Coast style IPA.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Hazy dark golden with a fizzy white head. Nice earthy and grain aroma with strong pine and citrus hops on the nose. Good thick chewy palate. Tasted of caramel, grapefruit, and pine with a moderate bitterness. Good, solid, straight up west coast IPA. Well done.
GT2 (8160) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2L growler pouring at The Bruery Reserve Society tasting. Low haze orange pour with rich foam and great retention. Nose is catty, bright hops with lemon and potpourri. Gamey melon like mango and jackfruit come through. Taste is soft, bright melon, potpourri, quenching and rich butterscotch. Rich palate with pine sap, forest, grapefruit peel, and hop resin balanced by butterscotch and cream. Fantastic. A new brewing prodigy it seems.