5000 (6257) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: † Amber, a little dark and fiery, moderate white head, foamy, nice lacing. † Nice citrusy and tropical fruit nose. † On the sweeter side, certianly not astringent or biting. † Very smooth on the tongue, sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. † I am really impressed with this one. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Some slight sweet pith and citrus peel on the backside. † Very clean, not terribly bitter, all white remaining very flavorful. † After having that busted Porter, this was really refreshing! † If you want a hop bomb, this is not it. † However, it is very flavorful.
after4ever (6113) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16-oz can. Pours a murky medium amber with a gigantic dense and creamy tan head. Stringy lace here and there. Looks magnificent. Mild sweet lettuce-y nose. OK, already...I realize itís a tough year for hops, but IPAs are really not supposed to smell like iceberg lettuce, even if it does happen to be spanking fresh iceberg straight out of a chilly wash. Itís crisp and sweet and all, but itís more on the savory salad side and even at that itís not too deep into the good part of the salad side of the plate. Maybe they will bump up to a more dimensional and complex hop when yields go up again next year to meet demand. Anyway, the beer--it smells OK, but itís neither on the fruity nor the piney side. Creamy body on the high side of medium, with soft carb. Caramel and toast happening, and hereís where the hop profile could really bolster the beer. The malts have a fair bit to do with the flavor profile, appropriately so. But the hops just arenít going blow for blow with them the way this is set up. Itís a nice beer but it needs a bit more power.
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can from Beermongers. Pours a dark copper color with a large white head. A sweet nose of fruit, oranges especially, caramel. The flavor is quite nice: lemons, sweet perfume, some toffee, caramel, lemon rind, medium bitterness especially in the finish. Quite good. A sort of grainy earthy finish with bitter hops.
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber color with a huge rocky head. Dusty pale malt, dry hay, mild floral aromas. light body, average carbonation. Dry pale malt, caramel flavors with dusty hoppage--too dry for the style
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of belgian yeast esters, fruity, toasted malts, some caramel, citrus floral and peppery hops but somewhat light. Amber pour, decent head and lace. Flavors of sweet bubblegummy yeast, toasted malts, pepper, citrus, and floral hops in the finish. Somewhat restrained. Nice carbonation, good drinkabiity. Would prefer a little more assertiveness as the belgian aspect dominates in my opinion.
BrewDad (4922) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Big hops flavor and aroma. Nice IPA. Good Grapefruit aroma and texture. Super finish.
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
473ml can pours a brownish amber color with a huge white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is light caramel with some earthy and pine notes. Taste is an earthy and citrusy hop bitterness with an underlying caramel malty sweetness. Medium body with adequate carbonation leaving a nice tickle on the palate. A high quality IPA that is nicely balanced and highly recommended.
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper under a nice foamy off-white head. Pretty nice nose of sweet fruity caramel with some papaya and mango hops, perhaps a bit of pine and raw coconut as well. Really interesting hop nose. The flavor is a bit yeasty and muddled but thereís this bright tropical tone shining through, with some nice piney bitterness and some rich cracker-y caramel. Itís noticeably flawed but I still find it tasty.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber-orange with a decent head. Curiously fruity nose. Full-bodied. Smooth texture is a plus, but itís slightly cloying in the finish. In general, itís more malt forward than I expected. Big notes of toasted bread, biscuits and sweet, rising bread dough. Hops are citrusy (grapefruit) and jammy, with lesser notes of pine, earth and sweet grass. Has a distinct Belgian IPA quality, as if it were brewed with Belgian yeast (I donít know if it was or not). Overall, itís a very fruity and "round" IPA with uncommon albeit interesting flavors and aromas. When they first started popping up years back, I loved "Belgian IPAs." But for one reason or another, I quickly grew tired of them. So thatís the only thing I donít like about this beer, and itís a personal preference. Other than that, I think itís a solid beer.
TimE (3146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head amber color. Big stone fruit, passion fruit, mango nose. Big malt backbone balances out a lot of hops, but really well balanced. Not too sweet and more herbaceous character in the mouth. Ballsy, but not gangster, and I love that balance.