lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 7% ABV = 154 / 60 = 2.56 beers * 150 C = 384 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Craft Beer Outlet, Phila, PA for $11.99
Aroma: nice, calming, beach, field, grassy, salty, citrus.
Visuals: brand focused packaging, a bright engaged yellow, brilliantly clear, bright white tight bubbled head, sticky lace.
Taste: expertly balanced, honey, citrus, rind, peppers.
Palate: Bright, crisp, and layered, drying, increasingly bitter long finish.
Overall: Fantastic. In my top 3 IPAs, certainly. A favorite.
From a firkin. Oh boy. This knocked me over at the Bella Vista Grand reopening in October in Philadelphia. Those 2 oz samples were like little tiny bricks sealing me in to a personal twiddly state. It was amazing, memorable, and significant. After about the third small sample, the world was a blur. Use with caution, and enjoy. If you can get it, suckas. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
I had this at the IPA fest and thought it should have won. Man this is one heck of a beer and right at the top of my hoppy list. Yeah Baby! puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
This IPA pours a gorgeous clear bright golden orange color with a good sized bone-white head on it that left spotting lacing on my glass. The nose on this beer is very unique and interesting for an IPA. I think mango is the strongest scent followed by passion fruit, peaches, lemon and orange zest, floral hops, and a slight pine bitterness as well. The smell on this beer is leaping from my glass, and it never left for the entire beer. The flavor profile is loaded with citrus fruits with grapefruit and tangerines being very dominant followed up with only a slight touch of caramel malt. The hops are extremely fresh and vibrant on this offering. The malt is only barely noticeable, but somehow supports the hops beautifully. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that left a very dry finish on the back of my palate. The drinkability is superb on this beer, and is one of the best IPAs I’ve have ever had the pleasure of tasting elhopatista (1) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009 does not count
Personally, one of my favorite beers. This is what I think of and want when it comes to IPA’s. jfitzy78 (8) - Belgiadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010 does not count
Clear medium orange with a 1 1/2 finger slightly yellowish white head with good retention. Wow, the tropical fruit aromas that I get from this beer are nothing short of awesome. So much pineapple and mango notes, tangerines, and then some nicely bitter grapefruit and pine needles in the background with some cotton candy and caramel. The flavor has a bit of an added grassy hoppiness, and the tropical flavors don’t quite jump out at me as much as they had in the aroma. The cotton candy and caramel malts meld with the hops very well in that I get "sweet hops"--I don’t get this very often in beers and I think it’s great. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. Light to medium body with the same for carbonation. An excellent IPA--hopefully they start bottling this year round
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
citrus, floral, orange, golden, minimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation, Dean1015 (9) - san francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011 does not count
picked up this beer when i was exploring the many unknown beers to me out there i tried many but this one stood out my new absolute favorite beer in the world. At 8 bucks for 22oz its pretty pricey though.aroma is full of citrus and it makes me excited on whats to come, hints of peach and mango are definately there as the bottle indicates on the label. bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tasted at Ballast Point. Light orange color with a fizzy white head. Good hoppy aroma of pine and citrus. Very good piney hop taste transitioning to a smooth sweet caramel flavor. cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
light amber color, aroma is citrus with lots of grape fruit, flavor is citrus and grape fruit and more grape fruit, slight caramel malt sweetness with a very dry finish, my favorite IPA! amazing beer! kdmcguire10 (18) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Gorgeous light orange color with about a finger’s worth of head that just sticks to the glass.
On the nose, Groves of fresh orange, apricot and mango. Awesome west coast style.
Delicious hop bitterness. You get a lot of the citrus with a splash of malt to balance it out. Just a really nice, crisp beer. World Class