puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Certainly not 94th percentile, IMO. Strong soad-sudsy aroma is probably the highlight of the beer, as it fades into an overly bitter saliva-sucker, allowing little flavor to come through in its attempt to torch you dry. The hops are there, unfortunately they are too strong in bitterness for this beer and block refreshing flavors in the way of being powerful. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Always a favorite. The beer is absolutly beautiful. Nice deep copper with a pillowy head. Rich aromas of lime and basily hops. Amazingly well balanced on the palate. Just as the toffee malt starts to turn towards sweet a wave of bitter hops shows up to deliver a crisp finish. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Very strong floral/citrus aroma. Creamy white head. Decent lacing, but the head vanished eventually. Nice, but not overpowering resin tasate. Could probably keep drinking this one. Amber in color. JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Aroma and appearance are the same as anyother IPA. Piney citrus flavor with some nice malt flavor too. A bit of caramel I think. Finishs with a good amount of hops that stays in your mouth. Well done. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Amber color with a thick and mostly lasting white head. Strong resiny pine smell. You can tell this one will be loaded with hops. Sure enough, strong hop flavors dominate this beer. Sticks to the piney end of the hop spectrum. Solid malt background. I like the beer but I hate the pricepoint.
jzzbassman (1615) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Poured very clear light amber with a fluffy head that dissapated but left thick lacing. Big hop nose. Flavor is hoppy and well balanced. Resinous finish. Nice IPA. linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 12oz bottle, picked up from the brewery a day before. Pours clear copper. Very hoppy nose and fruity taste. Light body. Can definitely pick out two or three distinct hops. Bitter but not one dimensional finish. Pleasant aftertaste. If I were in the area, I’d get this again.
Rerate: Several years on (with current beer), still holds up to original rating or even better. Excellent on draft as well as bottle. kingdavid (18) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 2, 2006
not too bad, its a cute lil beer. congrats to anderson valley for getting their county on the map.....of the united states.
good to drink, not dissapointed that I had to share this one but honestly,. I would have enjoyed a whole one.
another congrats to anderson valley having anything to over the world. alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 1, 2006
Tap at the yardhouse (san diego). Hoppy and resiny, lots of pine and eucalyptus, some grapefruit background. Pours honey colored with moderate head. A tad metalic and lemony. I regular to good IPA. Nice silky body and good lacing. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2006
On tap at the Yardhouse, Irvine. Enjoyed from a 1/2 yard glass - yes I know that is ridiculous, but it was funny at the time, even approaching the level of hilarity achieved from my personal rating of the homebrew Auer’s Catbird’s Crissum, but that’s another story. Pours a copper-honeyed amber color with a two finger head of large bubbled white soap. Pleasantly hoppy aroma of spruce needles and cedar bark with a hint of honey. Slightly sticky, carbonated mouthfeel. The pine notes saturate the palate and melt into a fluffy pillow on my tongue. Some coppery malts balance out the hop character evenly. The hops are well done without being overpowering, albeit one-dimensional in flavor profile. The final smack is of a gin and tonic with a squeeze of lime. Well done - great example of a traditional IPA - very precise construction of the style.