MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. This was a gift from my brother. Rajah pours golden yellow with a nicely sized head of small bubbles. The aroma is heavy on hop resin. You can certainly smell the citrus, acid and pine associated with the hop style. The taste is delightfully hoppy without being over the top. Itís well balanced and almost epitomizes the style. The palate is slightly oily but leaves a dryness behind that makes you want more. The acid content seems higher than normal. If you have a sensitive stomach one or two of these would be enough. Overall, this is an excellent beer and a nice surprise from a brewer I havenít heard of before.
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up from the brewpub. Pours a clear golden honey color. Nice fluffy white head tat recedes to a cap. Nice retention, and sparkling carbonation. Aromas are fruity...pineapple, pear...some crisp pine/earth permeates as well....some subtle sweet pale malt notes arise towards the end. Taste is nicely balanced with crisp hops that follow the nose...moderate bitterness and pine bite...medium bodied on the palate...feels a bit heavier as it warms...as does it sweeten a bit more as it warms. Nice clean finish, moderate bitterness. Pretty dry on the palate too. Yet it makes my mouth water for more. Really good stuff!
lightbias (210) - USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pulling this out of the cooler actually got me wound up. Iím so in the mood for a good IPA and this one was intriguing from the day I pulled it out of the box. With my trusty vintage bottle opener I expose the brew and am struck in seconds by the aroma of juicy, sweet grapefruits, and ripe apricot. I have to take a photo, of course, and itís difficult to resist bringing the glass to my lips for a sweet sample, but I resist. The anticipation is both the hardest and the sweetest portion of any wanton desire, and this is definitely what I have. No simile here, just straight-forward and simple. Craft beer is like sex.
The pour is slightly cloudy, dark peach in hue, and topped with a deep and soft, but dense off-white head. You can see that this cap is not giving up any time soon and I expect to have some of this foam sitting at the bottom of my glass at the very end. (I do!) The rings appear in almost perfect formation on the glass as I sip down, the sticky resin adhering a lace that your grandmother would be proud to put down on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The medium body carries a flavor that tantalizes with juicy fruits one minute and a jaw cracking bitterness on the back of my tongue the next. Iím sure that some malts were used in the process of making this beer, and it just wouldnít be the same without them, but they are WAY in the back. Still, a sweetness is there providing a bit of smoothness that this would be devastating without.
All in all, this is a damn fine IPA and Iím excited to have been able to experience it.
MrHangover (2921) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thnx to Secret Santa. Pours a slight hazy golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma is massive grapefruits, peaches, orange zest and other citrus influences. Flavor is very hop forward, loads fruity bitterness going on, balanced out by a fairly malty base in the back. The bitter fruit is very nicely present in this one. Carbonation is decent, aftertaste is medium long and bitter. Good stuff!
brock1984 (27) - Troy, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Is there really such a thing as a perfect beer? This is as good as it gets! Best IPA in America, so far. Iíve yet to have a Heady Topper! Iíll definitely have to compare.
andrew_drinks (194) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade, thanks thrashD. Pours light amber, small white head.Smells like the West Holts field at Glastonbury. Medium carb, lots of oil on the tongue. Flavour is a fight between dank and fruit - big pine but also summer fruit, pineapple, melon, over-ripe mango. Dank, bitter finish.
mambossa (43) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Perfectly golden color. Intense tropical aroma of pineapple/tangerine, gently backed by a pine sharpness. Taste is pineapple tartness with a rounded honeylike, malty bottom end. Bitterness lingers in the middle/back of the mouth with pine spice and citrus. My preferred style of IPA. Great dimension for anytime of year.
Kyle77 (27) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From site: A West Coast style IPA full of citrus-like and tropical fruit-like hop flavor and aroma with an assertive yet smooth bitter finish. .....malt, take a back seat please.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
64 oz growler poured in pint glass. Beautiful aroma, definitely citrus like. Orange gold color with rapud dissapating head. Loved the flavor, easy to drink IPA.
Johnsense (894) - - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent ipa, big tropical fruit, orange, pineapple, grapefruit in the aroma and taste. Pine in the background and a toffee malt backbone.
AWISLguy (1517) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from jsquire, thanks Jeff! Pours a golden orange with a white head leaving streaky lacing. Aroma has oranges, pine, other citrus and some fresh fruits. with toffee. Taste is of sweet fruits, oranges, sprucy pine, and a solid malt base. Quite hop-forward. Light to medium bodied and quite dry. Finishes well balanced between the bitter hops and the sweet hops. A very tasty and solid IPA! 14.8