FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a frothy, three finger thick tan colored head that forms a rocky surface & a lacing pattern on the glass as it slowly falls down. The aroma is lightly sticky with sweet notes of grapefruit, sharp notes of pine, hints of mint and a general herbal character. The aroma is somewhat more muted than I would expect from an IPA, but it is good. The taste is sweet up front, and finishes with a slight note of alcohol. Of course there is an ample hop note here as well. The finish, with the alcohol and hops, is almost like a tincture of hops. In a single sip the sweetness up front plays up the grapefruit and citrus notes, but the beer quickly dries out as the hop astringency and bitterness take a death grip on the final throws of my palate.
The finish of this beer can at times be bracing, yet it is still balanced enough with the malt sweetness and citrus hopping that it is not overwhelming. At times this beer picks up some harsh astringent notes, think a strong herbal note, that seems to hit from time to time depending on which sip it is. This beer has a bit too much of the harsh astringent hop character in the finish, it is still enjoyable, just a bit over the top for my palate. For those who like raw hops, definitely grab some of this if given the opportunity.
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Gerbeer (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with light head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of candied oranges, rubber, and other tropical fruit. Flavors of bitter orange peel, brown sugar candy, toasted malts and resin. Long bitter finish.
Ferris (1245) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Tropical fruits and some resin. Clear gold with a rich beige head. Light tropical fruits, big hit of leafy bitterness and a resinous and orange finish. Not bad, but nothing special. I have the feeling fresh this would rate much better.
radagast83 (3744) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, poured a translucent dark orange color with a large foamy white head - lots of good lacing on this one. Aroma was nice resin pine, with tart citrus grapefruit notes. Caramel notes, floral notes. Flavor was a nice pine, with juicy citrus notes. Tasty.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Richardís tasting. Orange pour with a white head. Grassy nose, popcorn, and some sweet malt. Orange peel, water, and some pine. Flavor is papery, grassy, and sweet. Orange peel, caramel, and popcorn. Light pine. Meh.
GT2 (6997) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL. Pours a clear, bright orange. Webby, thick lacing. Nose is citrus hops, butterscotch. Taste is spicy hops, nutty bitterness, feels like a rye IPA. Maltier, nutty bitterness. Solid.
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber poured to snifters with a coppery/amber color, white bubbly head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was malty, caramel sweetness, no esters to speak of, and maybe a touch of vanilla at the back. The flavor appeared thin at first, with soft carbonation not necessarily helping, but the earthy, rind-like and dry hop bitterness gradually grew as if on time-release mode and morphed into somewhat of a palate wrecker for those who love a good hop fix.
maxwelldeux (2699) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with just a hint of a reddish tinge and a head that measures over double the height of the beer in the glass. Nose is decently hoppy with grassy elements to it. Taste is decently bitter (and made my mom make a hilarious face) with a long finish to it.
jimmytalent (84) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sculler's pours a deep dark am we with a tan cap. Smells malty and maybe a little like molasses. Taste of malts, a little earthy, with a slight bitterness. Excellent IPA. Def must try
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kaser (1755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from a bomber i got from letspour.com. Dark amber clear pour with hardly any head. VERY carmely and skunky aroma. Taste is better though, very bitter and hoppy, carmel and earthy taste. Donít love it - but decent.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head that recedes steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, grainy malt and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and caramel. The finish is hoppy with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Decent all around.