ghawener (1433) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Bought in San Diego and sent to El Salvador, part of the IPA samples series with ramenen. This one followed the great Ballast Point and was a great complement to the afternoon. Well crafted and balanced beer, big bold and powerful yet easy to drink en enjoy, just what we needed before the Ribeye!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Orange pour with good clarity and a light tan head. Big cascade aroma- vegetal, herbal, zesty tangerine citruses and light pine. Fluffy, a tad over carbonated for the style. Sweet bready/caramelized body meshes with a fresh cascade hop presence- lightly resiny fore leads to some candied orange citrus and hempy vegetal character. Fairly herbaceous. A very solid IPA, especially for its large production.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable, crisp, light and refreshing with nice jiucy citrus hop flavors. Had on tap a few times in the past few years as they were "experimenting" wiht the recipe and I think it came out quite nice.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an clear, orangey-amber color with a moderately full, off-white, creamy head which lasts from some time and leaves some drippy lace. Nose is full of hop notes with lots of resins, some pine, herbal is light, very light tangerine, faint grassiness, and maybe just hints at some malty biscuits. Flavor is much of the same with more malt presence than expected with some faint caramel and some light biscuits; hops are aggressive with some tangerine, lots of resins, pine is noted, herbal notes remain throughout, and grassy notes are underneath. Palate is nice a medium body, lively carbonation, sticky and almost velvety texture, and a faint dryness into the finish. Finish shows the moderately high bitterness with lingering hop notes of herbal, resins, and light grass. I really liked this one with so many fresh flavors of the hops and some nice malts to back the bitterness. I like to compare this one to Stone’s IPA with the hops tasting so fresh on the palate but this one carries more malt backbone which is nice for a change. The resins are so intense, the flavors almost seem spicy at times. One of my favorite IPA’s and without a citrus overtone. One of my fav’s from SN.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date. Clear orange amber with a one finger yellowish white head, pretty good retention. Smells like a hopped-up SNPA--some grapefruit, pine, and spicy hops with a clean, lightly sweet caramel background, with a little bit of minerals. Tastes like a hopped-up SNPA, with a dry finish and bitterness peaking around a 4-5. Light carbonation with a medium body. This seems to me like a training wheels IPA--it has pretty good flavors that aren’t too crazy, with a nice amount of bitterness. Would have no problem drinking this all night--sounds nice while camping!
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz right from the bottle. Aroma is piney resin, strong citrus hops, and a nice caramel nose. Flavor is downright hoppy and full. Resin, citrus, and sweet malts all in this guy. For 7.2% this awesome and undectecable.
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This amber ale poured with a decent beige head and a floral hop aroma. There is a delicious and carbonated caramel malt flavor with some toffee and a grassy finish. Very pleasant.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful ruby-copper into the glass with a frothy head. Aroma is straight up pine and citrus. Very little malt fragrance in the nose. Flavor is just as the aroma would suggest. Great for an over the top hop presence, but lacks malt complexity and has a bit thin of a body. Still, for 7.49 a six pack this is a good buy.
maltdog (615) - Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours stunning pale amber, sporting a picture-perfect whipped cream head. Glam hop aromas burst from the glass… tangerine, pine needle, bubblegum wrapper… and then whiplash into spicy/earthy herbality. Dank and fruity. Unbelievably, the ale tastes even better than it smells; cookiedough malt supports the Hawaiian Punch/grapefruit/ spicy-cedar hop flavor. In the mouth, the beer exhibits nice viscosity and "tooth", but falls a little flabby. A minty finish precedes the firm, bitter aftertaste. Superb.
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a tall off white head that has great retention. Aroma is pine and citrus, toffee, light caramel, passionfruit, toast and a little grass. Flavor is caramel, toffee, toasted white bread, freshly cut grass, lots of light fruit notes, with a mildly bitter finish. Palate is medium thickness with a mild carbonation and a fairly slick feel all the way through. Good stuff, better IPA’s out there for the same price or less though.