Iznogud (3811) - CROATIA - JUL 26, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
MANY thanks to TasterMike for this one! 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade that’s relatively soapy, yet consistent and dense. Retention is quite solid, and so is the lacing left behind.
S: Oh yeah, that’s the stuff. This brings the hops in a fantastic manner - it doesn’t bring any significant biting pine notes, rather it’s mostly stuff like melon, mango, and grapefruit. The bready malts come through enough...and I do mean ’enough’. Which is to say it’s quite faint, but not nonexistent.
T: Oh yeah, that’s the-- wait, I wrote that down already. Nevermind, this just works brilliantly. The first few sips have a decent malt backbone sandwiched by a fruity opening and a mildly bitter finish. Right after the swallow, it’s very reminiscent of fruit juice. People who say that an IPA can’t/shouldn’t be balanced need to try this - the hop flavor, the bitterness, and the malt backbone are in perfect harmony with one another. If this uses crystal malt - and I think I can taste hints of its toffee qualities buried in here - I may have to drop my petty grudge towards it, because this beer is fantastic.
M: I don’t really notice the low carbonation or medium body too much - it’s so dry (in all the right ways) that it still goes down with superb ease. Malt sweetness builds very slightly on the aftertaste, but it’s not bothersome by any means.
O: Holy frig, this is like Sculpin on steroids. Ergo, it’s now in my top 5 list for IPAs. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to move to San Diego just so I can consume this like water.
On tap at Green Flash Brewing, San Diego. Pours clear golden with white head. Hoppy, fruity, citrus, some pine, dank. Juicy. Some sweetness, lasting strong bitter finish. Dry. Medium bodied. Cokemonkey11 (891) - - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle pours amber and a thick white foam residing thin. Scent is nearly scentless. Taste is medium hopped IPA , mostly late, with dryness and crisp honey flavors. Tastes like end of life. Quite basic for a top IPA. Very good. fidelis83 (2443) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Slightly hazy gold to orange pour with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma is deep citrus, hay, caramel, light dankness and a hint of oxidization. Flavor is the same, but a bit more oxidized. Medium body, neutral to kinda juicy feel, medium carbonation, dry finish. Pretty good stuff, but it’s within a couple weeks of its best by date, so I’m sure it could be better. Ronritter (741) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2017
12oz bottle clear gold pour with white head aroma is pine and citrus zest taste the same bitter dry finish Desverger (11492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2017
andrepintado (3416) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 13, 2017
May 2017, Copenhagen - Golden pour with white head. Fruity and malty aroma and taste with grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, sweet malty with touches of caramel, piney resinous hoppy bitter finish.
Bottle from beer republic. Appearance is cloudy orange. Thin white head. Light sweetness, medium bitterness. Dry medium body. Aroma is orange, hops, pine, mango, peach, passion fruit. Great! statsblur (1) - SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2017 does not count
App - good clear pale amber with sustaining head. Aroma - oranges and hop, fresh and clean. Taste - lychee, hippy with malts, making a good balance without being heavily bitter. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2017
Sample at Cap Ale West. Golden with moderate head. Ok, I may have been drinking too many IPAs back tto back. I just get a mild corniness on the nose. Flavor is likewise flat and bland. Almost dirty. Maybe tap lines need to be cleaned? mengo81 (55) - - MAY 25, 2017
.................................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone allanmb (269) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Pours clear golden with good white head which lasts. Big aromas of fresh pine hops, some lemon zest and a light cereal. Perhaps some melon or pineapple in there too. Decent carbonation and great mouth feel. Taste is grassy hops, some topical fruit and a very good malt balance. One of the most balanced IPAs I’ve tried. Semi sweet finish with a nice bold bitterness.