yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 12oz. A lightly hazy one, dark golden in color, topped by a finger-thick off-white head leaving lacings. Weak aroma with some light caramel maltyness and some grassy, piney hops. The flavor has the same problem, lacking on most things good in an IPA. Nice bitterness though. Medium to full body. Quite dry. Lasting bitter finish with few other flavors. Not all bad of course, but I find it way too boring for an IPA. 130809
BucannonXC5 (835) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 16-oz. pint glass
Glass: Pint glass
From: Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville, Calif.
Purchased: July 18, 2013
Consumed: July 18, 2013
Poured a caramel orange color with two fingers of off-white head when I got it. Great lacing on the sides and great retention all the way down.
Smelled red notes with some alcohol, but was hard to track down. Some caramel/toffee heavy notes.
Tasted earthy and malty, like what I think a reddish IPA would taste like. Caramel, toffee, honey, rye hops, iced tea and some skunky resin hops.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Not a bad beer overall. Worth a try of something new.
tastybeer (1727) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Copper pour, small beige head, little retention/lace. Aroma of citrus, floral, pine hop, toast, caramel. Taste is moderately bitter, malty, grapefruit, pine, toast, caramel. Palate is average carbonation, oily, bitter finish. A bit too malty for me.
Goldbane (13) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Hey, I have an idea. Letís start a brewery and make an IPA in an over saturated IPA market." Well, if you do that it better be damned good... and it is! I am not a hop head and this beer has a great balance of hops and malt. Copper in color, has very nice carbonation and good head retention. You get the full experience from top to bottom.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours orange copper with a modest beige head and a citrus and toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a serious hop profile and a bitter finish. Pretty tasty.
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours translucent dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aromas of light roast malt and some sort of fruit. Med body, almost. Flavor is light roast malt, earth, resin fruit. Moderately bitter. Nicely done.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A murky brownish amber color wit ha nice tan head. A nice meaty aroma and flavor. Well balanced hops on a rich malty base. Grapefruit, citrus and pine in the aroma. Very enjoyable and a nice surprise.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel linger with light pine.
popery (1418) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber color. Quite clear. Nice big off-white head. A thick blanket of tiny bubbles. Good lacing. The aroma is mostly grapefruit and orange with some pine resin and a touch of tropical flavor. A little bit of paint thinner in the background. Thereís a relatively dark crystal malt flavor to the beer, not what I prefer to see in an IPA. It doesnít have too much malt sweetness in the aroma, but whatís there takes this beer nearly to amber ale territory. Itís mildly toasty, almost nutty. Taste is a bit blandly bitter. Thereís some citrus hop flavor to it, but itís mostly just darker caramel malt and bland, pine resin/grapefruit pith bitterness. It could stand to be dried out a touch, but thatís more personal preference; itís only mildly sweet, really. The finish is particularly bland. The bitterness isnít too strong. They just need to amp up the hop flavor along with it. Feel is fine. Standard carbonation. A little hop slickness. Round. Itís an ok IPA. I prefer more SD-style dry/pale/big aroma IPAs, but there arenít any particular faults. I always want to see new (semi) local breweries succeed, but itís just hard to think of a reason to recommend this beer with so many wonderful IPAs already on the market.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and lightly bready malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and lightly floral hops.
T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and floral hops, some bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, dry, and bitter finish.
D - A bit on the maltier side, but a nicely balanced IPA.