SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice mostly clear amber color, thin white head that leaves nice stringy lace. Bold hop aroma, toasty malts and brash citrus hops with floral and spicy notes. Flavor is dominated by the big, bitter hops, citrus peel, some pine and lots of herbally earthiness. Medium body and gentle carb. Had this as part of a taster set, and initially rated the pale ale as this, now it’s correct.
danielecamo (773) - ITALY - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alla spina al brewpub di Santa barbara. La + piacevole di quelle assaggiate....una ipa ben fatta anche se non ha niente di eccezzionale...
DocJitsu (1199) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber copper with a thin off white head. Pleasant, mild, floral, fruit, and pine nose. Full-bodied. Cottony moutfheel. Huge grapefruit flavor. Enough sweet malt back bone to balance the bitterness; of which there is a lot. It finishes extraordinarily bitter. Definitely a west coast IPA.
DedicatedToFun (3913) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Much better than their pale ale, pretty hoppy, hints of pines and all that other good stuf, on tap in SB, yum.
brokensail (12890) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a white head. Fruity aromas to begin with. Grapefruit, peach, and orange open things up. A touch of pine and grass followed by some hints of toffee sweetness. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side with a fair amount of toffee and bread. Good tangerine, grapefruit, and orange citrus character and a hint of peach. Light pine and rather mild bitterness.
yespr (34861) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and mild peachy. Dry peachy and mild grapefruity. A bit tea like. Smooth hoppy and fruity flavoured with a mild caramelish base. Nicely balanced yet to the hoppy side. Smooth fruity and slight bitter finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brepub (mid-May 2009): Pours a transparent bright copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh juicy grapefruit and resiny pine with a touch of sweet caramel malt. Starts with good fullness and carbonation with a light malty sweetness giving way to big resiny bittering and flavor hop notes. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. A nice IPA.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 Draught at the brewpub. Gold with a small head, probably due to an overflowing pour. Super resiny, herbal, and piney nose; really smells like a shit load of dry hopping. The flavor is a blast of minty, herbal, and piny hops. Pretty dry and subdued malts. The lack of real malt assertiveness leaves the impression of chewing on pure hops. alright, but not my style for an IPA, with the less than flavorful malts.
Rerate: Gold with a lasting creamy head. Big orange and pine aroma. The flavor is still lacking though in that it is all pine needles and bitterness leading to a slightly uncomfortable finish. Too over the top; this one could definitely use some more balance.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at brewery, 02/18/08. 7.3% ABV for this batch. Medium golden, some active carbonation, some foam atop beer. Aroma? Nope. Big piney hops nail your tongue right out of the gate. No other flavor comes out of this hop juice as it has its astringent way with your palate. Not a fan of this style.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at brewery. Clear yellow amber with a fizzy head. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma and taste with a decent bitter bite and a hoppy perfume to the finish.