DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
14-Mar-10 (22-oz bottle: Shared by SDbruboy, thanks Cliff!) This fairly typical Pacific Northwest IPA offers a base of standard pale ale maltiness, some toastiness, and moderate sweetness. Hops are medium bitter, with flavors of orange and red grapefruit, pine, and earth, finishing with a dose of sweet tea with orange slices. The nose balanced forest floor, pine, and orange citrus from hops with sweet, grainy malts, but also some vegetal and cheesy aromas in the background too. The beer is medium in body, clean and crisp on the palate, and moderately carbonated. The body is hazy amber in color, and the half-inch of off-white head settles to a thin, but complete layer, leaving some spotty lace. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just a well-made, pleasant, quaffable IPA.
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Piney aroma, not much floral hops. Flavor is a little thin. It went well with fresh spring rolls!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid IPA with good hop flavors, aromas and bitterness. Nothing "in your face," like many IPAs out there; itís just a decent, pleasantly hoppy IPA. Hops are grassy, citrusy and a little piney. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Has a malt side, too, with hints of caramel, toffee and cocoa powder. Easy to drink as well.
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus hop aroma with some maltiness. Pours a slightly cloudy orange-golden with mid range head. Understated hops and light body. Nonetheless, refreshing and satisfying. I would call this a "session" IPA.
DuffMan (5772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Orange amber, generous off-white head, some early sticky lace. Aroma is orange peel and light pine. Sweet malt, nice orangey hop character, again light pine, nice bitter finish. Iím not sure why this is rated low for the style. I really thought it was a solid IPA.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, earthy, and soft fruity hop notes on top of doughy caramel malt. Nice soft nose. Pleasant and fresh. Pours orange amber with a great sticky lace and some lasting foam up top too. The flavor is very balanced and drinkable. Floral earthy hops, a touch of pepper and some citrus skins as well as doughy malt and some drier biscuit notes as well. Medium peppery dry finish. Very drinkable and well done for such a soft IPA.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not tongue crushing bitter - so if you get an old bottle, I can see it not being good. But this was a fresh one, and as a result there were some terrific aromatics in it! Very crisp on the palate and floral in the nose. Lots of grass, hay and seed notes. Finishes clean.
bhensonb (9814) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours light amber with a frothy off-white head. Strong resin aroma. Medium body; mild carbonation Flavor is quite bitter. IBU 40? Seems like more. Good bitter finish.
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber from Market of Choice. Hazy orange pour with a big, thick white head. Nose was hefty with caramel malt with a bit of citrus fruit tossed in. Flavor much the same, a little too overbalanced towards the maltiness for me, and the hops seemed far too muted for the style. Mediocre offering, a huge disappointment after their tasty fresh hop brew.
brianprentiss (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice smelling and looking beer, but looks, and apparently smells can be deceiving. Pretty coarse and unbalanced in its bitterness. Nothing special here.