oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2013 On draft at city beers 7th anniversary. Pours light copper with white head. Taste is very pungent citrus hops with a slight malt balance. Hop heads dream. Can smell the hops across the room. PhillyCraft (7583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Fresh Bottle from Conner in VT, Hazy gold pour, straight up skunky nelson in the initial nose, also mineral water, dry as hell bitterness. Creamy as fuck, dank hops, vanilla, papaya mango cum, and a good bit of malt to accompany the dank bitterness in this cali ipa. Top of the class, just under nelson for me. mrtripod (34) - USA - MAY 24, 2013
Juicy hop aroma, full flavor of fresh hops, Usual hop moster from Alpine. A must try. 22 oz bottle at City Beer. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Poured from 22oz bottle from Shawn and Danielle for my birthday. Thanks guys. Pours murky amber in color with thin white head. Aroma is TONS of grapefruit. Taste is like a perfect mixture of Nelson, Expo and Hoppy Birthday. The malt backbone of Expo is there, with the citrus notes of Hoppy Birthday and Duet. Truly Magnificent.
ineedbeer (2205) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Light cracker malt character but overall the aroma is dominated by hops. Some tropical fruit, mango, tangerine, orange, light peach and a moderate light bit of pine resin. A light woodsy aroma.
Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a moderately thin, very slightly off white head. Moderate lacing and small legs.
Flavor starts with a bit of sweet cracker and biscuit. After the upfront malt fades you get lots of fruity hop flavors. There is more tropical fruit, peach, tangerine and orange. As the fruit fades you get some pine resin and woodsy dankness. Moderately high bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Dry finish has light cracker notes, lingering bitterness and some hop resin.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low hop astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a really great IPA. The first taste I had of this left me a bit underwhelmed but having a bottle to myself gave me a chance to really appreciate this. I like the combination of the hops and the way no one hop dominates the flavor profile. Very well balanced and integrated hop notes. I find myself appreciating more and more the IPAs that have a more integrated and complex hop profile. A bit too sweet and big bodied.
whicheck (82) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
nice golden color with a sticky head. Smells citrus but very mellow clean aroma. You can really taste the balance in the malts and the different combination of hops. Very good. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Sampled multiple times, including on tap and bought six bombers to go. A really nice IPA that is loaded full of hops that at strong but also do not over power the tastes. A really nice brew that I will miss. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On draft at City Beer. This was advertised as a seven malt and seven hop beer (celebrating City Beer’s seventh anniversary). I was a little worried that the finished product would end up a little muddled and confused, but somehow they managed to keep this very focused and extremely tasty. It pours a nice golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very strong with pine and mango. Maybe a touch of honeyed malt sweetness, but very concentrated hoppy goodness. The flavor is full with tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit, and some solid pine. The key to this beer however is the mouthfeel… very silky and smooth. Full, but not sweet or cloying. I’m thinking they used some oats and rye in here. Either way the malt profile adds a touch of cream, honey and grains without detracting at all from the hops. The finish has solid but subdued bitterness. Excellent beer. kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
650 ml Bottle from the release. As soon as popped the cap I could smell the hops from this sucker. The smell is loaded with fresh hop goodness, lots of citruis and fruit notes. The taste is bitter up front, with citruis and fruit notes towards the middle. Carries a bitter finish. A fantastic IPA! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
In short: A golden IPA with the hopping cranked up to 12 (because “cranked up to 11” doesn’t do it justice). A superior bitterness extravaganza.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh soon after the beer release, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Clear golden-orange body topped by a persistent small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: The in your face hoppy nose is freshly cut pine-tree, grapefruits, green pine needles, mangos. In mouth the body full but soft, velvety sensation with lots of tiny bubbles. There is a firm toasted biscuity malt backbone that I think I could appreciate by itself but this beer is a definitely a hop-bomb and after a few sips you can barely taste anything than the assertive hopping. Sharp and commanding take-no-prisoner bitterness of high intensity, very piney, dried fruit skin, pine needles, resinous undertones. There is as much aromatic hops in this bomb as there is bittering hops. Something sandy about the hops that leaves the mouth dry without saliva. Is it the abusive bitterness playing tricks on me or did I feel an alcohol bite in this 7% IPA?? A bit too aggressive to be a session beer but this is a great palate destroyer tailor made for hopheads bitterness lovers like me. One of best example of the more-is-better punch in the mouth American IPA. Those Americans sure are lucky to have so many great IPAs, but whenever I start feeling jealous of people living in the United States I simply remind myself of two simple words: "Country Music".