hombrepalo (1799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24oz stubby bomber. 1st edition. Really not that impressed with this IPA, high expectations. Unlike the SN Harvest Ale, which tasted much better. Poured a a copper color with lots of foamy head, great lacing. The aroma of fresh flowers and hops. Taste is faint hops, a bit too watery. Maltier than hoppier. Taste of some citrus and pine hops. Overall a clean beer, but lacking originality.
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with moderate yellow/white head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. The aroma is bright with plenty of pine and citrus along with some caramel malt. The flavor is definitely tilted towards the hops, with more pine than citrus. The hops overwhelm the caramel malt in the background. Finish is bitter and tingles the tongue. This is certainly one for the hopheads!
spikester (603) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The most aromatic IPA thus far probably due to the generous amount of fresh hops. Pours deep amber with a very large off-white head and good amount of lacings. Still had foam in the bottom of the glass when finished drinking.
Taste is a grapefruit resiny citrus blast. Nice malts can’t compete with hop level. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. A fine brew overall. Must love hops.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another well-crafted pale ale from Sierra Nevada
Never exaggerated crystal malt proportions. Perfectly clean. Growing reserves of lingering bitterness in the finish. Aromatic floral and earthy hops.
Frankly not all that different from their other pale ales. Relatively simple, just going from A to B. Did not feel as fresh as the regular harvest ale.
mjg74 (2474) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Casa De Oro Liquor. Medium golden/orange in color Nice sized dirty looking head. Spiced pine hop aroma. A little dry. Flavor is peppery hops up front. Good malt presence for balance. Finish is bitter pine and grapefruit peel.
Theis (13225) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to Sune. Clar dark amber - offwhite head. Resin, grassy, let knækbrød, light roasted, vegetables. High hop bitterness. A bit one dimentioned.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Toronado San Diego. Pours with an amber body topped by a thin head wtih some lacing. It’s slightly sweet adn hoppy with a touch of malt and notes of pine. Medium bodied, tingly and a touch dry.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 - 24 oz bottle. Mostly clear amber orange with large frothy head. Citrusy piney hop aromas over carmelized malt sweetness. Hop flavor is enormous - citrusy piney and floral. A moderate malt sweetness supports the hops well and beer is nicely balanced. Finish is fairly dry with some residual hop bitterness. Gives Bell’s Hopslam a run for the money.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz. bottle (short and squat, unlike bombers - almost like a malt liquor bottle). The beer pours a clear orange with highlights of gold and subtle hints of rouge. The foam pours up thick and tan in color, but doesn’t last long and consists of relatively large bubbles (almost soapy looking). The aroma is spicy and earthy with hops. There is a little bit of bitter grapefruit in there and a decent bit of balancing, sweet, crystal malt. The flavor follows the aroma: bitter and earthy with a firm crystal malt sweetness. There are touches of breadiness and sweet breakfast cereal in the maltiness, too. As the bitterness grows, the bitter citrus/grapefruit and spice grow rather strong. At mid-palate, the beer is quite bitter and dry, and the residual sweetness begins to fade. The finish is dry and spicy, and burps are quite strong with the taste/odor of hops. The mouthfeel has a subtle sting from carbonation - the bubbles are quite evident and the sensation is strengthened by the dry, bitter hoppiness. Overall, a very bitter IPA - quite nice, but a little bit too spicy/catty in the finish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle-1st Release 2008: Deep copper/amber pour with stable tan head. The aroma has some bready caramel malts and light orangey citrus hop notes. Mouthfeel has some prickly carbonation, which mellows eventually. The flavor has a very nice flowery hop presence that mingles very well with the caramelized malt back. The hop flavors in the finish become more resiny and spicy with residual pepper flavors left on the tongue, enticing you to take another sip. A well made & spicy/balanced IPA.