Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Draft, Liars Club. Straw yellow with a small but sturdy head. Just a whole bunch of grapefruit and zest, mango and pineapple. Taste is dry and tart with a stinging hop bitterness. The rating can’t be complete without noting the piney resin. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Draft at O’Briens: Light refreshing pommelo nose, brightly hoppy with caramel and alcohol. Hop monster, light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Good with light musky notes. Good and piney. Yet another hop monster here at O’briens and it’s just as good. I can hop myself out here very quickly. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
golden light amber hue with aromas of pine, fresh hops, and light floral finish. Medium bodied with flavors of pine, citrus, flower petals and a light dry finish. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The aroma had big grapefruits, and oranges w/ slight pine notes. The beer poured a yellow color w/ gold highlights; slight head and thin lacing. The flavor had grapefruits, oranges, pine and a very slight hint of flowers. The mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp, really good carbonation. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Clear gold color with a small white head. Simcoe hop aromatics, grapefruit and floral. Simcoe and other Cascade family hops in the flavor, very fruity. Fades to a mild bitterness in the finish with some astringency. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky over time.
DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
22-Aug-05 (Draft: Ballast Point Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA) Even with this tiny sample glass that Ballast Point uses, lots of grapefruit is blasting my nostrils, and the flavor is strong grapefruit too, but not overly bitter. Nice pale malt body is somewhat sweet and provides a soft-spoken base for the hops to work off. With the eight (or so) hops used in this IPA, it has a complex hoppiness, and that complexity is plainly illustrated when this beer is compared side-by-side with Big Eye IPA. In addition to grapefruit, the bright hops flavors take on an herbal and tea aspects as well, something I don’t get with the Big Eye. And Big Eye is a much maltier and balanced IPA than North Star, which shows more fruitiness and orange citrus. Yellow in color, fully clear, with an off-white head. I definitely prefer this to Big Eye, but apparently North Star will be draft only, and will not be a regular offering.SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
28-Aug-05 (Draft: Liars’ Club in San Diego, CA) Okay, I can actually sample this beer in a REAL glass. And wow, this is one of the best smelling IPAs I’ve ever experienced. Orange citrus, pine and fresh passion fruit like you wouldn’t believe, but you’ve had to have eaten fresh passion fruit out of the shell. The flavor is similar, tons of passion fruit and pine and citrus. Moderately bitter and hoppy, but the malt is light and barely perceptible. Medium bodied, clean and crisp from start to finish. Medium gold color. The off-white head pours to half-an-inch in height, settles to a rim, and leaves minimal lacing.
On draft at brewery. This is a special brew that may appear again in the future - let’s keep our fingers crossed! Pours clear dark golden color with a creamy white head that left good lacing. Aroma is all hops, very crisp, citrus, pine and herby notes. Flavor is sweet (like lemonade is sweet) but dominated by the tangy, tart hops, grapefruit, pine, grass and subtle earthy notes as well. Leaves the mouth with a wonderful tingly, pucker. Medium body and smooth carbonation. Very nice IPA, at 7.5% abv and 70 IBU’s this is bordering on a DIPA. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and hoppy with a nice pine note and a slight citrus note. The finish is nice and hoppy. Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable with a dry finish.