Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Brewso. Cloudy dark amber color. Nice off-white head that leaves fantastic sheets of lacing. The aroma is really nice, with caramel malts standing up well against strong orange hops. The flavor is intense but well balanced. There is a really luxurious caramel malt profile here, and every bit of it is needed to counteract intense orange and grapefruit hop bitterness. The body is quite substantial, and gets borderline sticky as it warms. The beer is smooth and drinkable, though the hops definitely let you know they are there, and they linger on the back of the tongue for quite a while. Very nice IPA!
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Can from brewfiend, poured a deep amber to orange color, nice head, good lacing, true to style in appearance. Aroma was strong piney and citrus hops. Flavor is well suppported by a heavy malt profile, somewhat approaching an amber-red style IPA, strong caramel and orangey flavors, followed by a most assertive pine and citrus hop profile, finishing with even some floral notes. Bitterness lingers, one well-hopped IPA, fruity esters dangle around, playing games alongside the bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied. A much enjoyed IPA alongside my favorite Stone IPA, but it didnít beat out my favorite! Thanks for another nice one, Brad! Re-rate, 9/07: Again, a super nice IPA, very nicely done. Original rating stands.
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is big fruity and flowery hops along with slight vanilla. Flavour is very much the same along with some grassy hints. Quite typical IPA.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz can via skyview (thanks!). Pours a clear copper with a large beige head that leaves a LOT of spidery webbing as it slooowly recedes. Nose is very floral hoppy and piney. Taste starts very sweet caramel , then some orange, some fruity esters, and a pine wallop of a finish. Finish is bittersweet, but aftertaste is just dry mouthpuckering hoppiness as the sweetness is left to a distant memory. Body is perfect with a nice malt backbone that lets the hops take centerstage, carbonation just right. World class IPA!
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color with a cream colored head. Aroma was very citrusy with some orange, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple present. The flavor was initially malty with a lot of caramel, which gave way to some citrus and then a lingering bitter hop bite finish. Good stuff.
sthlm (1252) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 [Can] Pours amber with a good sized cream head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is strongly of citrus hops--pretty good. Taste is strongly of bitter grapefruit--definitely loaded with hops. FInish is quite long. Good mouthfeel. IPAs arenít my favorite style, but this was well done and something I will drink again.
[On-tap at Williamís Peanut Bar] Wow, absolutely outstanding. Just cut through everything I had drank that night and tasted so fresh. One of the better IPAs that I have had.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 GTMW 2007. This was a cask conditioned, tea bagged (dry hopped) version. Poured a clear dark orange color with a soapy off white head. Aroma was of malty caramel and sprucy hops. Medium bodied with moderate to assertive hop bitterness. Flavors included malty cereal grain, toffee, and citrusy hop. Hops, hops, and more hops. Solid.
Re-rate. Growler shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks for hauling this back form Minnesota Joey. Poured a slightly hazy orange-red color. Head was two fingers high and off white with decent retention. Some lace was left behind. The aroma was distinctly of grapefruit, but also a bit sweaty. There was assertive hop bitterness of about 8 out of 10 that lingered well after the finish. The flavor was similar to the aroma, lots of grapefruit, but there was also an ample malty caramel background. This is a good beer.
harrisoni (15066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Chris_o Shindig. Amber, ashtray sour and grapefruity hop aroma. Thatís got a lot of grapefruit in it. Toffee. Good grapefruit and one of the best canned beers Iíve ever had.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One fantastic IPA...probably one of the most sessionable of the big IPAís Iíve had in months. Great coppery crimson pour, with a moderately fluffy head that dissapates quickly. The nose is huge grapefruit and touches of pine resins. The big rich malt bottom oozes quality and balances the big bright hop bite very effectively. I wanted to order another one as soon as I finished my third sip...I wanted to avoid the two minute wait between pours...Finishes on a lingering hop slap that is equal parts bitter and dry. NICE!
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can via trade with piscator34. Deep copper-amber, slightly hazy with a few little chunky floaties, and a small white head. Fantastic aroma and flavour of green, citric hops and rich, slightly peaty malt. Great mouthfeel as well. This is one big, beautiful beer. Thanks very much, Kris!