thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Concentrated juicy citrus aroma with some grapefruit and hints of lemon. The malt smells dry and sweet. Tingly lemon/citrus with some grapefruit and that dry cake malt and then ending with a very nice and pleasing IPA bitterness. Definitely one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had. 721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
One of some that like this better than sculpin...this is not a huge musty dimension hop deal but a perfect use of pine and grassy hops that make thus a perfect standard SD IPA, great crisp mouthfeel, great hoppy flavor all around. pricey290483 (796) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2015
bottle from mother kellys best beer i have had for a while nice pale colour aroma filled with citrus fruits with a lovely bitter finish that will leave you wanting more a very very good beer GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Pours a dark golden amber color w/ full, semi creamy froth that slowly recedes to reveal its beautiful garter. Aromas of snappy citrus rind w/ an almost Lambic tart whiff. Very nice ! Full nectar w/ ample residual effers creates a velvety texture. This brew is balanced right off the bat. Nothing is over-riden here. Big malts meet snappy hops head on in a collision to create strongly flavored yet perfectly drinkable IPA. But, theres a twist, a twist of salted raspberry w/o the berry, just the RASP part. Like I said in the aroma. A Lambic tartness w/ salt. Freakin awsome. I could tell by first sip this was a classic. The finish is perfect w/ the asprin bittering mechanism that is sustained like The Edges’ guitar solos. Well balanced and thirst quenching. Connoisseurs Choice ! Highly recommended. ( I have to knock a bit off because it’s only 6%, my only complaint. Should be 7%) liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
12 oz can. Aroma: malty, resinous, and very piney. Taste/Palate: crisp and sweet throughout; finishes with a long bitterness. The malt backbone almost keeps up with the bittering hops in this one, but not quite. Nevertheless, a pretty fantastic beer!
zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Every bit as good as I had remembered; big bitter grapefruit hop flavor. Just outstanding. You don’t typically find flavor this big in a single IPA. At 6% you get most of the big hop flavor of a DIPA without the high alcohol. This is, to date, my favorite IPA. ColaKid (82) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2014
A perfect American IPA. Full bodies, complete hops, perfect bitterness and complexity. Am happy to pay the $22 a six pack at DM’s for this magical beer. Would love to try the Sculpin, apparently it’s even better than this! mothergoose311 (27) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Outstanding IPA! Full hoppy flavor with citrus and pine notes. One of the best available! mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Tasted wedding night, one among many. My new favorite ipa. Great floral flavor, just the right amount of bitterness. No unpleasant weedy aftertaste. Needs another taste to pick apart.
Tasting it again to really analyze it, I still love it, it’s still my favorite IPA. Maybe I’m biased from living in San Diego. It’s a great IPA with a heavily floral and resiny hop flavor that mirrors the aroma. I also recognize a nice roasty flavor that I didn’t notice before. The finish leaves a bitter resiny pine taste. Very full, almost a bit syrupy mouth feel. This may have a different tinge since it’s been "aged." I may have lost some of the impact of the fresh hops. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2009
Glorious dark copper color with thin micro-bubble head that retains well.
Nose is sharp/prickly citrus, maybe orange peel or tangerine. Enticing nose for sure.
On the palate is a notable (pleasant) black Darjeeling Tea taste from the malt sweetness with an ESB-like quality to the ale. This is very clean, refreshing, with most of the hop character towards the end.
Creamy characteristic across the palate. The nice head probably enhances this (good foam onto the palate at first, especially). More body than expected.
Finish is firm and somewhat dry with a smooth chalky, tea-like sweetness with hop dryness. Very satisfying!
One of my favorite and more unique IPA’s. Worth seeking out!