nimbleprop (5186) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle of the 12-26-14 bottling over Thanksgiving week. Pours a lightly hazy, deep gold with some nicely lacing, rocky white head. Nose has punchy citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, distinct herbs, chivey, a little onion-y, pine too, quite resinous, soap, perhaps a few hints of honey comb. Flavor follows right along, bitterness right off the bat, orange zest, grapefruit zest, soap, garlic scape, some tropical fruit, yuzu, soap. A little malt sweetness really rounds off the edges. Full bodied, bitter but refreshing finish. Scary easy to drink at 9.4%.
Troupis (56) - - DEC 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really fresh; enjoy by 12.26.14; bomber. Really vibrant copper color. Better smell and palate than overall taste but really strong beer overall.
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Nejhleader (1264) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Has a nice subtle hop pine aroma. Great spice pine hop taste in a nice body.
Obfuscate (92) - Minneapolis, - NOV 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good, clean and bitter. Plenty of that west coast citrus on the nose and taste. Super easy to drink for a 9.4%. The wife even liked this one and she doesn’t typically like west coast IPA’s. I bought 2 bottles, pretty sure I will be back buying a few more from this batch. Then buy more of the next batch. O boy.
Fantomasus (227) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours gold with a just off white head that lingers. Excellent color. Brussels Lace. Aroma is overwhelmingly fresh: hay, cereal, floral hops, basement aromas, and alcohol. Taste is heavily weighted towards sour/bitter but still delicious. Palate is near perfection. It’s really good. Oh, 12.26.14
Barnacle_Ed (7) - Milpitas, California, USA - NOV 27, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
First time picking up this much-praised brew, 12/26/2014 edition. Finally understand what all the fuss is about; Extremely fresh and hoppy, all around just awesome. If you’re an IPA fan you owe it to yourself to pick this one up!
ElCapitan22 (133) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice gold color. Has decent lacing and smells glorious. Tastes hoppy and floral. A good ipa and one that I would seek out in the future!
phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoy By 12-26-14 bottled 11-21-14. Consumed 11-26-14. This is a great experience. This is the third release that I’ve had but thus has been my favorite. By far the most fresh. Impossible to get more fresh in NY I imagine. Lots of dank catpiss pine citrus yummyness.
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml. 12/26/14 version, bottled 11/13/14. Beautiful golden-amber body has long legs and a creamy disc of foam. Juicy orange and mango aroma with an undercurrent of resiny evergreen and minty herb. Flavors of peach, papaya, lemon-honey and bubblegum followed by a big finish of woody resin and mint. Not much of a balance as the wooden and bitter herby hops quickly become the dominant force, but after all that’s the point of this beer. Medium-heavy body shows none of the abv and has a pleasingly smooth medium carbonation.
kespecial (29) - - NOV 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12/26/14 on draft at Cato’s in Oakland. This is probably the 4th version in the series I’ve had, and while other reviews attempt to parse the fine distinctions between the batches, I must say I remember them all as pretty much identical and uniformly delicious. A big, hoppy, citrusy west coast IPA; up there with Pliny the Elder and a few others as my favorite of the style. Bright clear orange in appearance with small white head. Smell of pine and lemon. An initial sweet, sticky resin on the palate followed by a refreshing dry finish. Hops hops hops. Extremely drinkable for the abv. Nice as an opening pint to start the evening before switching to something more sessionable.