BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2016
From notes. On tap at bitter creek boise. pours out a amber color topped with a white head. Nose is light toffee caramel malts some pine and citrus hops along with a spice. Taste is more of the nice malty sweetness and a nice little hop combo. greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Disappointing aroma. Amber color, thick foam head. Pine and citrus flavor with a strong caramel backing. Not bad, just expected better IPA from Oregon.
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Bottle. Amber beer with a big cream head. Floral and light citrus aroma with light dark malts. Pine and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Pine and grapefruit linger with caramel and light dark malt. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
August 2012. Bottle. Not quite on par with the IPA’s from the Western part of the state. Amber color with a white head. Pine, resin, caramel aromas. Almost a little too sweet and the hops are just not there. Too mild for my taste. tpb3jd (46) - University Place, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2012
On tap at parkway in Tacoma: no real aroma to speak of other than a hint of caramel. Bitter rosin taste with a filmy aftertaste. Cloudy oak appearance with little head. Not a keeper.
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DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle, shared with JJ. Medium copper gold with a bid load of dirty sediment at the end that makes the beer look like diarrhea. Aroma is toasty toffee with light floral hops in the background. Very malt forward, which I am normally happy about, but the hops here are almost an afterthought by IPA standards. Their pale ale seemed hoppier to me. FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Sampled on tap at 1702 Tucson, AZ; May 2011riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2011
The beer arrives with a murky amber color, that shows a touch of copper to it when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, dense, light tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose smells of a mix of crystal malt and hops, and is definitely a bit too malty for an IPA that fits my ideal; the crystal malt focus is really what I could personally do without. The hops contribute aromas of grapefruit zest, a slightly metallic note as well as some herbal character and a fair amount of pine aromatics. Not a horrible nose by any means, but it does have a bit too much crystal malt.
The flavor lives up to the promise of the nose with lots crystal malt derived flavors; this is certainly toasty, with a sweet tea like flavor as well as ample notes of caramelized bread character. The hop character is well (perhaps even overly) balanced by the malt character, but one certainly notices flavors of orange zest, pine, and a general herbal character as well as a solid bitterness. The bitterness in the finish can be a bit harsh and vegetal at times. The body of this is not overly heavy, especially considering the crystal malt, but isn’t quite as light as I would prefer.
In the end this beer is just a bit too discordant; the crystal malt character clashes with the hop notes, and even the hop character alone can get a bit jarring.
Nose has a decent amount of maltiness - dough, caramel, toast, some residual sugar notes. Floral peppery hops, a little citrus here and there. Pours murky amber, big fluffy creamy head and sticky icky lace. The flavor stats malty with dough, caramel and toast followed by floral hops in the finish. Hop bitterness and flavor is about a 4 out of 10. More on the malty side, not necessarily sweet but definitely malty. Somewhat chewy with a lightly dry finish. Not my favorite. BillKismet (4103) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2011
Rich bronze amber body with a fluffy, off-white head. Candi sweet hop nose that is moderately resinous. Amber malt and biscuit backbone with some sweetness and a moderately resinous hop flavor. Biscuity finish. This is a well-balanced, hoppy amber. marcus (10571) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle from Taylor’s Market, Sacramento. Poutes copper with a foamy beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a robust caramel malt flavor with a lot of resinous hop bitterness. The finish is spoiled by a very harsh piney taste on the palate. Starts good ends badly.