beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jello fused dark amber brown with a modest capping of dark ivory, firmly sitting foam. Lacing is thin in small curtains breaking up into light webby strings.
Aroma is deep and woody with an earthy toasty realm of a burnt forest floor and dark fruits; muggy plummy heat. Notes of dark mint, chocolate, and black tea.
Oh...what’s this...roasted chocolate laced hops? Yep. Good stuff eh. Right from the get go this stuff intrigued the hell out of me and got my attention. Deceivingly dark and ominous oily hops elude until the very last instant of the finish. Greasy, waxy, and scorched tinted hops sit and bubble as it turns from its heavy almost smokey roasted malt and thick waffer chocolate backing at the front and middling areas. Once those hops kick in they remain persistent and dark. Beautiful balance of flavors. The finish is amazingly dark and bitter carrying qualities reminiscence of an Imperial stout. Lovely, just lovely.
Feel is amazingly deep in a fairly full bodied encompanyment. Oily rich, resinous, and sappy hop flavors. Dark, roasty, earthy, and balanced with bittered roast and transfered hop oils. The bomber with the skull on it is gonna sit on my shelf as a trophy along with some of the Stone and other west coast goodies I’ve feel in love with over the years. Kick ass stuff!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the best and most drinkable IPAs that I have had in years. After a round of samples at the KLCC brewfest, this is defintely one of my favorites and woke my palate and my nose up after tasting a lot of mediocre beers. The aroma is immense, and I walked around smelling this for about 5 minutes and just marvelled at how much I enjoyed it. The flavor is perfectly balanced with alot of sweet maltiness and some grapefruit hoppy resins, coats the mouth with flavor and dances of the palate with carbonation and acidity. Enjoyable and easy to drink, and is not a palate killer.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 22 0z bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a dark hazy amber color with a small head. Aroma is of fresh bread, orange, lemon. Taste is of pine, orange amd more pine, with some more pine and then a bit more pine followed by some grapefruit. Wow, this is about the quickest, dryest, chalkiest finish ever. The label does it justice! Some ipas are a grapefruit rind, but this one is an orange rind and a raw crisp pine cone. This is for hardcore pinecone skull and bones hopheads only!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Skagit River Brewing Company--Sculler’s IPA--2006 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.20% ABV?--75 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lacy head. Cold hazed bright rich amber red color. Big earthy floral hop front. Rich tangy sweet malty earthy thick caramel body. Big tart hop spice bitter clean end. Mellow spicy fruit ester note. Sampled 4/28/2006.
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Old Mr Crow for yet another wonderful West Coast IPA. This one pours turbid copper with ruby edges and 2-fingers of off-white head. Great lacing, and an overall great look to this one. The nose was piney hoppy, caramel malt, citrus, black pepper. The taste was hoppy, fruity, with a solid caramel malt base. I also got varied amounts of mango, pineapple, and honeydew in the flavor, and this one was nicely balanced. The dry hopping became more apparent as it warmed. This is yet another IPA that I’d stock by the case if I could, and I thank Mr Crow for the opportunity to try it.
PorterPounder (7223) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at the brewpub in Mount Vernon. Excellent IPA for a small microbrewery. Has a nice grapefruit citrusy aroma and a dark orangeish cloudy appearance with a off-white sticky head - good lacing. Has a snappy, tangy cascade induced hoppy flavor. Excellent, thick mouthfeel. Wished I had time to stay for another but they were closing up shop for the night.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Rose and Raindrop. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden/orange with a nice white head. Aroma is a blast of fresh grapefruity hops. Pleasantly sweet with big notes up front of grapefruit/citrus then pine and resin. Bitter hop finish. The body is full and round with moderate carbonation. Great head retention, that thing sticks around forever. Very nicely done.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque orange amber color with a yellowish white head. Lacing just drips down the side of the glass. Aroma is pleasantly sweet and citric, bits of pineapple are my best guess. Medium bodied, decent carbonation levels. Initial sweet flavor is quickly overran by an intense hop bitterness that coats the palate and is very persistant. Pleasant and well done IPA, definitely has the hops.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, from Liquid Solutions. Pours a deep copper-amber color and clear, with a huge fluffy off-white head that leaves thick lace. Sweet gruity malts in the aroma, witha bit of caramel, green apple, floral hops, some pineapple and citrus. Delicious flavors, sweet and slightly caramel, quite fruity, with lots of oarange juice and lots of grapefruit, some pine and spicy notes in the finish as well. Medium to full body and gentle carbonation. Very good IPA and a joy to drink!
jackstraw111 (10) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Peaks. This was a lot better than I expected. Not a lot of head. First sip greets you with a noseful of hoppiness that mellows out with a tasty carmel flavor with each passing gulp. Surprisingly mouthy. This one is long on the leaf and short on the stem. Thank goodness for growlers so I can keep going on on this one.