Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this at the local bottle shop and gave it a try. I poured it into a shaker pint glass and got a two finger white head the lasted and laced down the sides of the glass. The brew had a hazy orange color to it.
If I didnít know better I would have thought this brew was from out west with all the fresh Hop aromasí coming off it. It was nice floral/citric, oranges and fresh cut grass come to mind. It is toward the bitter side in the flavor department and I enjoyed it that way I did get a little alcohol heat from this one, but I wouldnít have wanted to wait to drink it, and ruin the hop profile. The feel was the light side of medium, and it had a ton of carbonation.
Drinkability is ok, but I donít think anyone would need more than 22 oz in a sitting. A nicely built local DIPA. I will gladly grab this one again.
polo_marco (320) - milton, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells mostly like yeasty bread. Taste is a malty flavor that starts off with a bit that goes over the over taste with nice carbonation. Then after a min a nice hop dry finish. Good job.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to portia99 for sending this out my way!
A: Pours a beautiful light copper with orange tints. Massive white head with plenty of craters. Excellent retention and some very nice lacing on the way down.
S: Plenty of citrus and floral hops alongside some definite malt sweetness. Fruity characteristics come through along with the pale malt.
T: Much like the nose...sweetness balances out some of the hops. Hops are primarily floral with some tangerine and other citrus making their way in as well. Normally Iím not a fan of DIPAís with plenty of malt backing them up, but this one is surprisingly quite delicious in that respect.
M: This is where the sweetness is a bit of a drawback, but not that much. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a mild alcohol presence.
D: Highly drinkable. This has made the evening quite enjoyable, and Iím very much looking forward to the additional bottle that I have.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-04-2010
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, lots of pine, caramel, spice. Flavour of caramel, pine, resin, hops. Complex flavour profile, well balanced. Nice and lightly bitter.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Best by January 2011 and consumed October 2010 (so I assume it is pretty fresh). The body is a hazy, bright, glowing golden-orange amber color. A small head of yellowish-beige foam recedes quickly to a bubbly, frothy edge with a patchwork center film. Tissue thin, organic splotches of lacing mark the glass, drying slowly. Hey now! Whatís this!? A bright and citrusy, Łber juicy, fruit forward hoppy nose with a nicely attenuated, clean toffee malt billing? From an east coast brewer no less?! Impossible!? I jest, of course (kinda), but I truly was surprised by the first enticing whiff of this beauty. Expecting a standard crystal malt, overly sweet, balanced and biscuity mess (like so many from this side of San Diego are), I got nothing of the sort. This gorgeous IPA oozes with bright, citrusy goodness, primarily orange and tangerine, but showing some grapefruit as well, along with hints of dry grass and oily rinds. There are tropical scents as well, like papaya and mango, traits normally reserved for the top Cali hop bombs. I think Iím even getting a suggestion of oily coconut, bringing back reminders of my first experience with fresh Ballast Point Dorado, my all-time favorite IIPA. I havenít even gotten to the malt base yet, which is where this wonderful brew truly separates itself from itís eastern brethren, as well-attenuated toffee and wisps of residual orange blossom honey are all that stand in the way of the gorgeous hop bouquet. Stunning nose. The flavor does not disappoint, again showing sufficiently dried toffee and perhaps some lightly toasted white bread with honey in the malt profile. From there, ultra-fresh, resinous, oily hops shine with the full rainbow of citrus varietals, from juicy naval orange to key lime, star ruby grapefruit, and tangelo. Mango and papaya again show their beautiful faces, offering uncommon diversity in this stunning hop billing. The palate supports this brew beautifully, showing substance that supports a slow pace, without any annoying cloyingness or hefty residual sugars. Moderate carbonation ushers in the dry, honeyed citrus finish with much grace. Excellent, excellent beer! Finally, a worthy east coast challenge to the long standing dominance of the Cali IPA regime.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Sweet malt and hops. Apricot and peach.
Appearance:Amber in color, long lasting white head.
Taste:Delicious peach and apricot flavors are strong in the foretaste. The midtaste is full of bread and malt flavors. The aftertaste is nicely nutty.
Palate:Low to medium body, good carbonation, a little hop astringency.
Overall:This is quite an excellent IPA, while a little strong for a session ale, I certainly want to drink another one!
Leighton (18695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 1st CBC Sunday Tasting. Pours a clear amber with a big, white head. Strong resinous pine aroma, some sweet toast, hints of grapefruit. Very sweet flavor, toasted bread, some brown sugar, pine, cake. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes mildly warm with oily resins, pine, sweet grapefruit and hints of melon. Very drinkable. I love it.
mrhopsbeertalk (297) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2015 Of the maltier DIPAs, this is my clear favorite. Big and bold hops paired with intense malts balance nicely against the 8.5 ABV.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, pours a hazy. rusty orange with an orangish head that leaves a layer on the surface the entire time. aroma is sweet and citrusy hops with a hint of cheesiness. the taste has a ton or citrus, namely navel orange and tangerine, with some very nice bready, matly nots to balance it. goes down easy, at 7.4%abv its like a session iipa!
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber courtesy of a great trading partner - BanditBrewingCo
Poured a golden amber with a one-finger head which dissapted into a thin coating. Lacing was light and nondescript. Nose was oranges at the front with some faint grapefruit and pine. Taste was oranges, grapefruit, apricot and some caramel and a piney back end. Bitterness was there but mild. Mouthfeel was medium to light and slick, creamy and light carbonation. While not my favorite, this was a good double and I would not hesitate to have another.