Travlr (26091) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Sample at Atlantic Beer Festival Moncton. Clear golden amber color. Aroma of fruity citrus. Taste is very bitter fruit. fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
Draught at the brewpub, 9.5% ABV, as Imperial IPAmcberko (18977) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
Red amber color; small creamy head. Very nice hoppy, fruity aroma; light bergamot and cedar. Good body strength; strong toffee and caramel flavor, mostly dry (luckily, there is not much residual sweetness); strong hopping, but well blended in this brew; resins, pine needles, a bit of fruitiness, and a rustic, sweaty touch too.
Excellent hop brew. Balance and power.
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 650mL bottle as Central City Imperial IPA, at 9.5% ABV, pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of loads of grapefruit, tropical fruits (mangos especially), boatloads of citrus hops and generous caramel malt to back. Flavour is remarkably well-balanced, with no shortage of palate-barraging citrus hops, mangos, pineapples, and a big caramel malt backbone. Well-balanced and still very hoppy, despite high residual sweetness. This beer has progressed impressively over the years. From memory, the tap version of this used to be quite astringent and unbalanced. Recent tap versions of this are pretty much identical to this bottle I’m rating now. Very good. Oakes (18851) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Draught at the brewery: Bright amber. Woody, flowery, powdery hop nose. Sweet, soft sugars temper resiny hops, with hints of pine, melon, grapefruit, mandarin. Smooth but insistent bitterness washes over the palate. Very fresh hop character and an incredible sense of balance.Ferris (16519) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Cask at GCBF: Vibrant, hazy amber. Assertive chinooky, amarilloish aroma. Sweet and fruity character, with amarillo and pommelo and some sugary notes to balance it off. Nice brew with a good sense of balance. Ar 7 Ap 4 Fl 8 P 4 O 16 = 3.9
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Bottle - Blast of crazy grapefruit and pine, definately let’s you know what you are in for. Crystal clear amber with a minimal but lingering head. Immediate hit of hops and bitterness, overwhelming pine which unbalances this beer to distraction. There is some sweetness but again just not enough to counterbalance the hops effectively.
Draft - For autism version - Sweet crazy grapefruit. Sweet and a bit of pith, sweetness to balance. Better than the bottle, but still not as complex in flavours as I like. Mild bump in score.
bhensonb (15758) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Tap at the 2014 OBF. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. Aroma of lots of malt and hops. Full bodied. Flavor is lots of malt and lots of hops. Guessing floral and fruit hop. Very strong flavors. Finishes malty and bitter. Balanced? Tasty! Ratman197 (15364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, orange zest and light grapefruit with a smooth lingering bitter finish. DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Ory. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, kinda stale hops, and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with stale hops and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied. crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bomber, 2ish months old unfortunately but form the fridge. Pours a reddish amber wiht a ncie soapy head. Smells exactly like sculpin. Flavor is a bit different. Real juicy, not super sweet, not hugely bitter. Woudl have loved to try this fresher but at this point still an immense and great west coaster. slowrunner77 (12844) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2015
a balanced iipa with lots of pine and caramel malts to balance. a little fruit. not huge on aroma but pleasant across the board.