raphael (1291) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2008
full range bitter aroma, peppery, shiny dark amber with off white head that hangs on a while. numbs the tongue with bitterness, which is a bit harsh in flavor, over bitter, slightly metallic, some grapefruit and pine pitch. sour finish. the least balanced Deschutes beer I’ve had. they’ve never been known for IPA, but this all out alpha with nary a malt trace isn’t the way to go. spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 A fine IPA. Pours copper color with a good two-finger head. Good lacings. Big bitterness with fair amont of sweet malts. Taste the grapefruit-orange profile with a nice dry hoppy finish. Well recommended. My benchmark for what makes a good IPA. DarkMagus (560) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
A really nice clear golden color with a thick white heat. Aroma was very sharp and grapefruit-juicy along with a load of sweet caramel-like malts. Flavors were more on the sweet malty end of the spectrum, but of course with a fair amount of hops making their presence known. Not too intense or crazy, but that’s fine by me. Kind of surprising that it’s 6.8%abv, this could be dangerous with its high degree of drinkability. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2008
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a copper sheen. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. The aroma was pleasant and malt dominated. Mostly subdued caramel and steeping barley. Some sprucy hops came out in the nose occasionally as well. The hops made a big appearance in the flavor. The citrusy and sprucy flavors imparted by the hops were most intense up front and gradually yielded to ample malty caramel that lingered into the finish. There was moderate to high hop bitterness throughout that peaked at about 7 out of 10 and kept most of the malt sweetness in check. Nicely balanced, tasty IPA. gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2008
12oz [email protected]
in a wine glass.
Pours well with nice aromas of cherry and citrus. Cloudy light orange/yellow in color. Mild bubbly head. Smooth on the palate, but hits you with an abrupt dose of hops.
Thanks to SS. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head. Aroma is mostly hops and citrus. Tastes of some caramel, citrus, bitter hop, other spice. Finishes rather smooth, considering the bite of the hops. User29624 (1687) - - FEB 2, 2008
I thought it was a good beer, but I was expecting a little more after enjoying their Porter and their Pale ale. It had a little bit of a hoppy aroma but I was expecting a little more overwhelming punch out of them. I thought it was well balanced and it went down smooth. Good beer, but somewhat average. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Purchased at a convenience store on Haight St, June 2007. Pours a beautiful clear red with a thick manilla head. Soft caramel, earthy floral hop notes - kind of subtle. Very caramel/toasted malt-heavy up front, toffee-bread, then earthy hops and pleny of resinous bitterness; light apple. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of a Brit-style IPA. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
12oz bottle, via kenb. Pours a murky dark copper body with a fair amount of chunkies floating about under a one cm foamy beige head. Spotty lacing remained. The nose is pretty restrained with some light tangerine citrusy hops and some slightly husky crystal malt. The flavor is quite aggressively bitter and hoppy though, possibly seeming more intense due to the noticably low maltiness in the flavor. The crystal malt flavor really emerges on the finish though, which I didn’t really care for. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite sturdy with moderate fizzy prickly carbonation. Overall, this was just not my type of IPA. Heavy bitterness with prominent crystal malt is not a winning combination to me. sickassmick (229) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
This is not a bad IPA. Cloudy amber, nice head. Smells really good. Hops like crazy. Upfront and a really long lasting citrus almost metalic aftertaste. Not quite enough as far as malt sweetness, but still enough body to satisfy. I like it, not really something I would buy again. Definitely original taste, but nothing spectacular. Got to try as many as I can tho.