Nejhleader (1266) - 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 (104) - Minneapolis, - NOV 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 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 (229) - 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 (139) - 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 (3845) - 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 (34) - - 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.
IvoR (74) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beer Culture in NYC. Appears crystal clear with a golden hue and a tiny white head. Pure hop aroma and flavor. Packs a lot of alcohol yet very drinkable. Flavor is a nice (really, perfect) balance between sweetness and hoppiness. I am not a big fan of IPAs but this one is great.
mrhopsbeertalk (159) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 I’ve tried several batches of this beer including 2/15/13 4/01/13 9/13/13 and 11/12/13. I’ve really liked them all, but find each distinct and unique in flavor and aroma. They say you never forget your first time... 2/15/13 happened waiting for a train in Philly. I remember thinking it was the best, or maybe second best beer I had ever tasted. The April batch was equally impressive. The last two seemed to show a departure from the previous broad hop flavor character. Of those batches I was not such an all out fan. I found the earlier batches to taste significantly bigger and better.
*** 4/20/14*** - this batch is underhopped in both aroma and flavor. additionally, they seem to have used falconer’s flight or sorachi ace in this batch creating a harsh lemon pith flavor. disappointing considering this WAS a perfect 10
***07-04-14*** - the disappointment continues. a solid and enjoyable earthy herbal aroma leads into another turn of harsh lemony hop flavor. what the hell happened to this beer???????????????????
***08-16-14*** - a dramatic improvement over the last few releases. the flavor is much more balanced with a pronounced earthy spice and much less lemon pith. still not what it once was, but far superior to the pith bombs of late
***12/26/14 - sigh back to the lemon pith...