argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear mahogany body with tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/floral, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, orange/floral, some caramel, light chocolate. Watery medium body. Equivalent to a West Coast APA, but nice nonetheless.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub and a later growler as well. Mmm, mmm, now we’re talking. Very, very cloudy deep orange coloured beer. Bright sweet hop aroma. Lots of bright orange/grapefruit peel and a little bit of apricot fruitiness as well. Quite sweet with a low of resinousness. Fruity and tropical with the malts just peeking out from behind. Papaya and mango and a rich creamy body that somehow manages to stay lean and balanced. There is a touch of zesty/herbal quality on the back that really sets off the fruity notes that are up front. No complaints from this hophead!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coppery with a white head. Smells of aromatic hops and some breaddt elements. Taste reminds me of a West Coast IPA with some of the piney notes. Decent maltiness behind the big hoppy flavor.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - lightly hazy copper, with a soapy lace - explosive, tangy grapefruit hoppiness in the nose - a lot of pine and herbs - earthy hop character - more of the same in the flavor - not much to say except it is nicely balanced between malt and potent hops - it’s got the ineffable greatness that more awesome ipas have, so I will not even attempt to explain how good it is.
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft at the brewery, GREAT IPA. These guys have finally entered the top IPA era. Love the stuff they are putting out. Tons of citrus flavors, very impressed.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler supplied by kmweaver. Poured a hazed orange color with a small off-white head. The aroma was great with fresh hop forward notes. Citrus and sweaty hop aromas with a sweet malt base that pokes out just enough to give balance. Nice citrus hop flavor with hints of pine. Long mild-moderate bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied.
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a cloudy light brown/orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus, garlicky hops, nacho cheese Doritoes. Reminds me of Smuttynose IPA. Flavor of rich caramel and bready malts, garlicky, spicy hops. Tons of flavor and spices here that gives this a full-bodied palate. Really reminds me of super fresh Smutty IPA. This is a top-notch IPA. Very enjoyable.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Willi. Pours a murky, pulpy, bright orange-amber color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Juicy, resiny passion fruit and orange hoppiness in the aroma; very soft edges, but an enormous amount of chewy, fresh hops in the nose: some red fruits and caramel underneath. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: amazingly dense, pulpy, hop-forward character (oranges, tropical fruits); nice levels of carbonation; zesty, tongue-numbing bitterness; very generous hop character, and ridiculously tasty and dense and hoppy for under 7% (listed as 6.8% on the main board). This tastes like a much much larger beer, but without the slightest show of alcoho; complex red fruits and soft sugar lurking underneath. Hugely successful and impressive. Lengthy finish: some lingering tongue-numbing orange and tropical hops, breadiness, and well-toasted malts.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep turbid amber, creamy white head. Pungent leafy hop nose that was filled with notes of pine, florals, cedar, and hints of grapefruit zest. Intense Southern California hop bitterness with fresh piney florals bursting forth. Slight hints of faint biscuity pale malt sit subdued under the hop blast. Not even close to balanced, but works very well none the less. Very Green Flash IPA-like in its nature. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, Sahara-dry finish. A can’t miss for your hop fix…
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark amber with a white head. Fresh, green hop nose, pine and citrus, lots of hop action. Some bready, biscuity notes creep in after you grow accustomed to the hop assault. Rather dry. Tastes just like it smells - a numbingly bitter hop concert. Nice!