ngeunit1 (1542) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with oak, some sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with more bitterness and lots of oak character with a bit of biscuit malts. The finish is full of oak character with some grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Big oak character, but enough hops and other flavors to keep it balanced.
ansalon (199) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very nice deep golden. Nose is pineapple, ripe peach, resin, caramel. Taste is apple, caramel, some herbs, resin and peach. Very nice aftertaste, balanced well between lingering tropical fruit and bitterness.
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jazz88 (2466) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (with a 01.09.13 stamp). A hazy golden color with a white head. A pleasant sweet citrus and hoppy aroma. A nice candy sugar and sweet nectar flavor that was not as bitter as I would have expected. I enjoyed it through and through.
badlizard (5158) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear dark golden with a creamy white head. Sweet grainy citrus aroma and taste with nice caramel, vanilla and oak flavors and a dry moderately bitter finish. Good thick chewy palate.
Sledutah (3192) - Utah, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle (dated 1/9/13) picked up at Texas Liquor
Appearance: Pours hazy golden with a big off-white head and thick lacing in the glass
Aroma: Citrus, sweet caramel and bready
Taste: Caramel, citrus, bready, pine resin that has a herbal notes
A nice solid IIPA.
baraciisch (904) - USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is light citrusy malts... Color is hazy dark gold... Flavor is akin to an English mouthfeel, cascade wet hops... Finish is slightly piney... Really interesting beer... Solid
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bhensonb (8991) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear copper with a slight off-white head. Aroma is spicy/floral. Full bodied. Flavor is very floral/spice/citrus - definitely heading towards grapefruit. I’m also getting some butterscotch, so I think there’s diacetyl. Even with all the hop it’s a disturbing thing. There’s some wood astringency - probably oak. It is definitely NW bitter. Barring the oddity flavor this is one heck of a beer.
joeneugs (2143) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at Tap 25. Yikes… I didn’t realize the ratings were so bad on this one. I think there may be some disparity between the bottles and draft version. Newer brewery… problem with packaging… Hmmm. possible. Anyway I didn’t think this was so bad. Quite good actually. It poured a dark orange with and orangy head. The aroma is spicy, orangy hops. The flavor has pine, orange and mild spicy hops. Good malt backbone with hints of sweet caramel and butterscotch although I didn’t pick it up as diacetyl, but I could be wrong. This is one of those old school IIPA’s with more balancing malt sweetness. Not really what I’m going for these days, but it was ok.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit and light vanilla aroma with light oak. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and vanilla. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and sweet malt linger with caramel, grapefruit, and oak.
Ibrew2or3 (5758) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Tap 25 in Livermore and enjoyed in the company of Livermore spokesman, ratebeer’s own, joeneugs. It pours clear copper with a tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma offers up some caramel malts and a bit of butterscotch rolling quickly into pine and citrus hop notes. The taste is similar as full firm citrus and pine hop flavor mix with equal levels of bitter resiny hops as well as caramel to butterscotch sweetened maltiness. So the malts seem almost diacetyl like blending with resiny hop bitterness.