BrewDad (4605) - Olympia, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap – Fathers Day Brewery Tour 06]
I slightly darker golden color with a light head. The aromas where very hoppy and the beer was clear. A good flavor for this beer. The balance between hops and malts where awesome.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As I moved through the sampler tray the beer got progressively better! Clear gold. Strong hop flavour. A nice hop aroma.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 On tap at Coopers IPA fest ’06 in Seattle.
Pours a light orange-brown with a limited head; the aroma is a slightly chalky citrus-peel hops. The flavor couples with the mouthfeel to provide a gloriously refreshing, very dry grapefruit-and-floral-hops IPA, with just a hint of peat-smoked whiskey.
This is a slightly out of the ordinary PacNW IPA in that we’ve got an exceptionally dry beer here without the common overhopped oily c-hop blast that characterizes many of the hoppier local IPA attempts. Instead, we end up with a beer that I might best describe as a seriously Pacific Northwest interpretation of the ideal session IPA. Very clean flavors, and absolutely spot-on.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a very agressive IPA, it just comes out at you, and right out of the glass, big hop aromas, with the usual suspects grapefruit, orange rind, lots of light fruits and fresh pine trees. The mouthfeel, the flavors, the texture, on the palate, is just everything that you could ever want in an IPA. Peaches, apricots and orange rinds, and just enough, could be more of a malt backbone, but ample, very tasty!
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Rose and Raindrop. Deep, dark amber colour. Pale malt aroma and flavour. Hop aroma is underwhelming. Fairly bland and lifeless. Moderate bitterness, but almost no flavour.
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark yellow color with a white head that stays for a nice visit. For an IPA, not one of my favorite types of beer, this was very drinkable. The bitterness after taking a sip stays with you before turning to a citrus, pine overtones.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and deep yellow. Creamy, soft and velvety texture. Rich and complex malt sweetness (earth, cookie dough and yeast). Decent bitterness, but hops mostly provide an aromatic bouquet of pine, citrus and spruce tips. Fruity alcohol pops up in the background. Tasty IPA.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium amber, lasting white head. Big spicy and sweetish hop bouquet, fiercely citrusy – name your fruit you got it type of hoppiness. Slight oily biscuity malts don’t bring much outside necessary break to the growing sourish bitterness. A piney contribution is welcomed in mouth whereas the post-taste keeps the lingering bitterness going on and on. Possibly my least favourite of their offerings I’ve tried, but there are few brewers who’d have that kind of score as their weakest.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2005. Nice head. Clear yellow body. Aroma is pretty light bordering on weak, more hops please. Light hops in the palate, more malt dominated. Bitter and dry finish.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: Walking Man Brewing & Public House in Stevenson, WA) Solid west coast IPA hoppiness, though a solid entry seem standard these days. Fairly citrusy and bitter hoppiness. Lightly toasty malt background is balancing and a nice change of pace for west coast IPAs, and with solid grapefruit hops for balance. Medium bodied, clean, crisp finish. Golden color, fully clear. Off-white head, fades to a small ring. Fancy delicate lacing.