iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Toronado SD. Clear medium gold with a smalloff-white head, down to a thick ring and thin film before long. Some sweaty citrus and spicy hops dominate with some light caramel and earth behind. Flavor seems like an amped up SNPA with a little more citrus--the same as the aroma. Bitterness peaked @ a 4-5 in the semi-dry finish. Medium body with moderate prickly carbonation. Alcohol was masked well, but I didn’t enjoy this a whole helluva lot. Severely lacking for a DIPA--almost overstated if advertised as an IPA.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Naja’s. Nose is dank hops, biscuity malt. Caramel color. Flavor has one of those sour, grainy hop stings up front and a bit of an over-balancing malt bill. Well unified with a moderately long finish.