dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, pours crystal clear light amber with large tan head, sweet piney hop aroma, caramel malt taste with well balanced large hop flavors of citrus/pine, lingering hop bitters on palate though not as big as expected, very big tastes!
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
350ml Bottle at the Roundhouse, Barrow Hill 16/05/2009
Slight carbonation. Small white head. Very hoppy aroma. Golden coloured very hoppy and fruity pine flavour with a hint of bitterness in a crisp and dry finish.
DuffMan (7826) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and pitted against Firestone Union Jack. Deep hazy gold, bubbly white head. Similar nose to Firestone just not as intense, and a little sweeter. Equally hoppy as Firestone with similar character, only a little spicier. Mouthfeel is not as chewy and a little thinner. Equally bitter finish.
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very bitter, even for an IPA. Needed more complementary background tastes - fruit or pine. Something to go along with the bite. Not a pleasant beer to drink for me. I am an IPA fan but this doesn’t rank too high on the list.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sort of dry when I took my first sip but it got better as it went down. Very earthy and hoppy. Piney with hints of fruit.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Clear, light gold-amber with moderate head and very nice lacing.
Aroma of pine and citrus, dry toasted malts, slight alcohol.
Great hop taste with only moderate bitterness, mostly at the finish. Citrus, pine and tropical fruit countered by slightly sweet toasted malts.
Relatively low carbonation, medium body, very smooth for a regular IPA (maybe this is why it is "extra"). Finishes quite dry.
Fantastic smooth and drinkable IPA. I understand the "extra" part - more than an IPA, less than a DIPA.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 bottle 12 oz. Poured an almost clear amber copper color with a nice beige head that fell rather quickly. Sweet aroma of soft caramel malt with ample fresh hop presence. Some sweetness with a fair hop flavor & heavy bitterness. The malt and hop flavors are somewhat flat with the bittering hops being the most pronounced feature, maybe because that’s the least expensive ingredient. Unbalanced.
Fair for supermarket beer, but Celebration & especially Inversion have it beat.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely deep copper color with a nice foamy head that has good retention. Hops are very strong on the nose, not much note of the malt. Its not overly bitter but the hops definitely make themselves known. Has excellent mouth-feel and a good amount of carbonation.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is light gold, minimal white head. Aroma is malty sweetness, grapefruit, citrus hops. Flavor is bitter with a nice malt sweetness. Palate is creamy and nice. Overall very solid.
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Dark orange pour with white lasting head. Aroma is all hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is moderately bitter but unbalanced, 7.2% ABV is noticeable in flavor. Bitter finish. Needs improvement, but a decent entry.