OldMrCrow (2145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bomber.
Pours a rich, elegant orange amber with a robust nearly-white head. The aroma is typical PacNW hops, pine and lemon peel, with a bit of sourness.
Both the malts and hops come on strong with the flavor in the flavor, but they do largely manage to avoid battling; rather, the rich toasted malts prop up a good blast of grapefruit PacNW hops. The finish is long and relatively pleasant, albeit twisting to the sour bitterness of grapefruit rind. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but not disturbingly so.
This is a perfectly reasonable PacNW IPA, though probably not a standout within the genre.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was an interestingly not quite unique but close. This one has an almost green tea flavor. A nice complexity in the nose, some sweet, rich malts, and some nice hopping that is not over the top and bitter, but seems to meld into the sweetness of the malts. Rich and toasty in the flavor, with some great acidity and not overly bitter in the finish
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.29 at Johnís Marketplace in Portland, OR) Yet another odd-flavored IPA in this eveningís session. The complex nose shows many aromas. Itís toasty, minimally sweet, grainy, earthy, a bit caramely and lightly sour in a yellow citrusy way. Itís pretty un-IPA-like, and while interesting, it isnít really grabbing me. Toasty maltiness and moderate earthiness establish the base, and itís only mildly sweet throughout from start to finish. A lemon-grapefruit citrus is quite prevalent throughout, but especially in the finish. I would like this more if it had a bit more sweetness to counteract the bitter citrus and dry toastiness. Medium bodied, but between the toasty malts and citrusy hops, it has a pretty dry and slightly puckering mouthfeel. Amber in color, and fairly cloudy from the significant yeast in the bottle. Off-white head pours to about an average height, somewhat bubbly, and fades to a thin, filmy layer, but there is no lacing on my glass. Decent, but itís just not doing it for me.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber, shared courtesy of DarkElf - da man! Pours nice copper amber with a moderate off-white head that leaves a little lace. Rich caramelly, toasty malt aroma, with earthy, herby hops, citrus rind, and floral notes. Flavor is dominated by cascade hops, citrus, grapefruit, very little sweetness in this one, heavily lemoned ice tea with little to no sweetening. Light to medium body, gentle carbonation.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque medium amber color with a fair off-white, rocky head. Good lacing is left behind. Aroma was initially rather citric and piney but seemingly shifted mid-glass to a more earthy tone with some funk. Medium bodied. Balanced well from the beginning with caramel malt and citric hops. Borders on cloying but doesnít really reach it. Long, mild hop finish. Nicely done.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark amber gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit, fruit and sweet with a touch of wood. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, citrus and a touch earth/wood. Nice balance. Lots of earthy and herbal characters that go along with a strong hop bitterness. Crisp finish. Nice representation of the Pacific Northwest IPA style. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter, yet there is some sweetness as well.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled draught at Snipes Mountain Brewpub in Sunnywide, WA
Light hazy gold, nice head with adequate lacing. Nose of piney earthy hops, a bit harsh with bitter resins in the nose. Nice balance in the flavor though. Finishes herbally, I liked what was going on here.
Oakes (13454) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour. Woody, slightly grapefruity aroma. Flavour is mainly grapefruit, wood and black currant, with a light underpinning of pale malt sweetness.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy dark golden with a well retained off white head and just a touch of lacing. Aroma is straightforwardly hoppy bitter, citric. Flavor is bright, fresh hops. Tilts pretty heavily bitter with very little malt balance. I like really bitter IPAs and I havnít had one in quite a while, so this really fit the bill.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light golden brown color with a thick beige head, decent lacing and moderate to high carb. Fresh hop aroma, bitter. Gloral taste to start then turning to a very fresh hoppy tang and bitterness.