PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Al’s. Very cloudy gold with thin white head. Floral hops with considerable sweet apricot and a nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Not as clean and attenuated as the bottled version (if I remember correctly).
fugitive (1211) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Color hazy yellow with medium head. Aroma floral, citrus, hop. Taste citrus, bitter, hop, floral.
crossovert (6109) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think it was pretty good, they Americanized the English hops, it’s very nice.
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Hazy yellow with yeast-particles.
Fruity and creamy aroma and flavour.
Medium and a bit harsh and weird bitterness.
Scopey (5288) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog Bar, Aberdeen. It pours a hazy straw yellow colour with a foamy white head. The nose is hay, farmyard, floral notes, straw and citrus fruits. The taste is of farmyard, biscuit, bread, lots of lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and spicy ginger towards the decent bitter finish. Quite a bit lighter than I expected, especially with the % and IBU it boasts.
OmegaX (1144) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, ABC Lakeland. Decided to pick this one up because of good ratings on here and it was the last one on the shelf. Aroma was full of wildflowers and rawness; hoppiness all around. This IPA poured a golden murky color, the color of straw. Taste was quite bitter with floral accents and traces of fruit. Hops shine through of course and a natural raw earthiness nestles deeply into the taste buds. Not bad. If you’re a fan of IPAs I’d pick one up before they’re gone.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick pillow topping of white foam head while the liquid was a hazy glowing yellow hue with a slight white tint. Once I started to sniff the aroma, I automatically picked up a floral aroma of pollen, honey, and green hops that have the slightest dash of clove or some other spice. The flavor is tangy and has a bitter bite due to a heaping dosage of earthy hops. Also, there is syrup like malt character that balances well with the metallic and bitter hops. Another note on the hops, these have some background of spice and a hint of grapefruit or tangerine.
neuromatt (993) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, served in a branded tulip. Pours hazy golden with a small off-white head. The head slowly fades to a bare remnant and leaves minimal lace on the glass. The nose has big notes of high-alpha hops, flowers, pepper, biscuit malts and spice. The flavour begins fairly balanced between pale malts and a hint of honey on one hand, and floral, resinous hops on the other. Towards the finish, the hops take over decisively, leading to a big resinous, peppery bitter finish. On the palate, it is medium body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice imperial IPA with some English notes but a distinctive west coast twist: Stone seems to have started with English ingredients but then ramped up the hops and ABV. The Burtonized water gives it a surprisingly soft character. A hop head’s delight. 2011-02-23
rlgk (9016) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Hazy yellow/orange color, white head. Fruity, creamy, grassy aroma with citrus and pine apple. Grassy, citrus, flavor, fruity and hoppy. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz btl from Nugget Market. Bought in late summer of 10’, been cold in cellar since. Poured into tulip glass. Pours a nicely yellow tinted haziness, looks close to a Hefe. Good amount of white foam at first but dissipates soon after. Big notes of fruit aromas: pineapple, orange, lemon, perhaps banana also. Lots of carbonation on taste, adds a deliciousness to the beer. Flavors much like the aromas with the accompaniment of bold hops. Smooth on the palate but hop bitterness lingers much too after. Good beer for what it is...glad I tried it to have the bottle (pretty much the main reason why I did), but I wouldn’t really buy again if there was ever going to be a chance to. (Yes, there are also big pieces of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.)