akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
on cask at the brewery. This was a great beer. amber in color, nice and cloudy. the aroma is wonderfully hoppy, lots of citrus scents coming out. the taste is bitter but in a manageable fashion. lots of bitterness accompanied by very sweet malt in the background and good citrussy flavoring hops. nice and creamy palate due to the cask conditioning. if you get a chance definitely try this beer. amber ale does not do this beer justice as a style, more of an imperial amber with all those hops in there. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
On draft at brewery. This is a big amber ale - it almost qualifies as an American Strong with it's bold malts and excessive hoppiness. Beautiful dark amber color with a moderate off white head. Hoppy aroma with citrus, pine and a bit of malt sweetness. Flavor is hops: spicy hops, floral hops and piney hops almost, but not quite balanced by the caramel malts. Long bitter finish with an astringent "tongue buckling" quality. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 (Draft: Liars’ Club in San Diego, CA) A hop-head’s delight! Very hoppy flavor, quite malty, lightly sweet, but the strong bitterness rules this beer from start to finish. It’s too bitter without sufficient maltiness for my taste. Clean and crisp on the palate, and medium in body. Nice, balanced nose is malty, hoppy and lightly sweet. Light amber color. Light tan head maintains itself quite well, leaving lots of broken rings of lace.<hr>(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) I figured I’d give this beer another shot, and I’m very glad I did. I think the first glass I had several months ago was still pretty hot, as I’m enjoying this a lot this time around. It’s still fairly bitter, but not over the top. It’s malty, sweet and shows a tealike flavor. The palate is wonderfully smooth and silky. Malty, sweet, hoppy nose shows nice balance. Dark amber color and fully clear. Off-white head fades to a thin layer, leaving large patches of lace on the glass. I sampled this side by side with Bear Republic’s wonderful Double IPA (Racer X), and while not quite as good as Racer X, this is still a very nice beer, one that I won’t hesistate to order again. Ratings are for this review. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
This beer is huge. Pours dark crimson with a tiny tan head. Aroma is mostly hops and caramel malt, with some fruitiness. The taste is very strong. Thick with malt and caramel, but offset by the heaping of bitter hops. Some citrus towards the back. Creamy mouthfeel with some stickiness. Its a sipper, but a really good one. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Cask at The Liar’s Club. Pours a medium amber with an off-white head. Pine, citrus, and apricot all brought together with a nice malty backdop. I believe this was the beer that put Rayboy over the edge in San Diego... he actually thought some of those surfer girls were looking at him, some might have been but only so they could give an accurate description to the police sketch artist...
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
I had this on tap at Ballast Point’s 10th Anniversary party. This is a nicely done, well balanced, brew. Nice tones of both hops and malt are in the flavor profile, but neither dominates. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Nice pine citrus hoppy aroma with roasty malt. Good balance of roasty citrus malt and aggressive hop flavors, quite enjoyable, hope they bottle this one. dmac (6591) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2009
22 oz bomber from padrefan98, thanks Jon. Pours a deep dark brown/red with a large frothy light beige head. Aroma is a combination of pineapple hops and toffee malts, to a lesser extent wild flowers and grain. Full bodied with very noticable alcohol, strong carbonation and a slightly chalky mouthfeel. Flavor is similar to the aroma with the hops being the focus on this one..mostly citrus rind with some piney notes also. Nice and very strong, yeah I’m gonna feel this one. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Ultra-fresh bomber, courtesy SoLan. Pours a clear, dark, crimson red colored body with a small, foamy, cream colored head that lasts. Sheety lacing breaks apart into small spots and skinny flares. The nose is ultra-hoppy, strong on grapefruit, with traces of resinous pine and floral citrus blossoms. Underlying malt notes of toasted bread and caramel provide really nice balance. The flavor follows suit, not as intensely hoppy as the nose indicates, yet still strikingly bitter from the grapefruit and pine hops. The toasted caramel and bread are really nice, and there are perhaps some traces of dark orchard fruit in there. Medium-plus in body, the palate is a little sharp and rough around the edges. Very bitter on the finish. Good stuff. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Thanks, SoLan! Exceptional hop aroma. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, with citrus and caramel both being strong and balanced. Very good.