Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite the gift from Lendi! Smelled like a Christmas tree, full of dry pine scents and dried citrus fruits. The taste was incredible as well, the hop profile was very zesty and fresh with a strong taste of orange peel. Finished dry and refreshed the palate pretty well, very nicely balanced too.
OmegaX (1249) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2011 Incredibly grateful to try this one. A big thanks goes to Lendi, whom some friends and I met at CCB’s BA Hunahpu release, that had and shared a bottle of this with us. Cheers!! Smelled like sweet citrus and pine with a "clean" summer breeze smell. Hard to describe, but awesome. Poured a nice golden/light orange color with white colored head. Taste was fantastic with slight pine and citrus notes from the hops and a refreshing light herbal/grassy note. Reminded me of Headwaters Pale Ale but + some. Sooo refreshing and crisp. Could sip on one of these all day and not want anything else.
574deadzone (1023) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at a trendy local establishment where some dudes were getting tanked before one of them was getting married (classy). Pours golden-orange with a substantial eggshell head that leaves impressive lacing. Aroma is tangerine and that Three Floyds dirty socks yeast. Taste is quite sweet with plenty of bitter and even a little tartness. Palate is medium, active, with a nice bitter finish. Refreshing yet potent. Hype or no hype, this is a pretty nice beer and worth a shot if you can find it. Not sure if anyone outside of Chicago will be seeing 6-packs in stores, and I’m not gonna race all over hell’s half acre to score some, but I was impressed nonetheless.
callmemickey (2655) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 A: Clear pale-orange body. Large white head upon initial pour. Quickly receded. Moderate amount of sudsy lacing left on the glass.
S: Bright grapefruit, orange, pineapple and just a tad bit of resinous pine. Assertive tropical fruit blast -- reminiscent of fresh Sculpin.
T: Like biting into a fresh grapefruit -- with almost none of the bitterness. Amazing tropical fruit component that shines in a fresh, vibrant way, but not super-bitter like most IPAs/dIPAs that pack this much flavor per sip.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, with assertive carbonation (but not over-carbonated). Refreshing, clean finish.
O: A wonderful "APA." Like Alpha King, its hard to call this "just" an APA, but whatever it is, its damn tasty. Speaking of Alpha King, I’d love to try this head to head with fresh Alpha King.
jtclockwork (8183) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jason! Pours cloudy apricot with white head. Nose and taste of tropical fruit, caramel, sweet malt and hops. Taste is full of fresh tropical fruit. Dry pine finish.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep glowing orange with a big frothy off white head. Aroma is great, dank citra hops, very fresh and bursting fruitiness with grapefruit and a nice weedy note. Flavor starts with a big citric burst and an excellent balance, just all around a great showcase for the hop, finishing lightly bitter but super refreshing. Medium body and a soft but crisp carbonation. Great beer, I can see myself drinking a lot of this
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Pours hazy light gold-amber with two fingers of stiff, level off-white head. Pungent aroma of grapefruit and pine with caramel underneath. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full, perhaps lightly pebbly. Flavor of big grapefruit and pine over smooth caramel. Very hop-forward, yet balanced and not harsh. Yummy.
Busko (9) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Scored some cases of this deathly beast. Aroma has grapefruit and melon tones to it. Appearance is golden orange mostly clear. Leaves a great taste in your mouth with a nice citra-hoppy aftertaste. No malt backbone. A heavy-weight contender of American Pale Ales. A session beer with 6.2% abv, can’t go wrong with that.
Roonai (245) - - SEP 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Deyholla, thanks Derek! P is chestnut gold with a white head that fell to a soapy film. Nose is citrus rind, hops, fall leaves and sweet apples. taste is a refreshing sweet citrus with a pretty smooth mouthfeel and a strong hop presence for a PA. The nose wrote a check that the taste did not cash :-p
deyholla (6580) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Adam for hooking me up with a six pack! Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges and remains some what thickly. Aroma is full of grapefruit with some backing citrus and resin and a bit of sweet grains to cut the bitterness. Flavor begins with citrus and sweet grains but has a good amount of grapefruit and a bit of resin that come out in the finish.