HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Golden brown with a modest, offwhite head. Hoppy aroma. Wow, no balance here... Hops all the way. Opens with hops flavor, finishes with hops bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. There is some underlying malty sweetness. Full bodied. Excellent. Top-notch American IPA. Hoppy but not too hoppy. elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 6, 2007
12oz bottle from lee’s liquor: Really heavy on the hops, almost enough to completely overpower the maltiness. An excellent brew, but some of the bitterness is a bit too coarse and trumps the malt. Probably in style guidelines for an IPA, but a bit more malt complexity would be nice. Plenty for hopheads though ;) NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. The aroma holds citrus hops, some white fruit, crystalized sugar, some mild bread notes, caramel and a hint of peppery spices. Pretty nice aroma. The body is a bright orange/caramel and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head that leaves clingy lace.
Citrus hops fore is lightly sweet, bready, caramel accented and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. It’s fairly straight up, but that makes it nice and approachable, balanced. Either IPA is growing on me or I’ve gotten ahold of some well made ones of late. Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2006
Bottled. Orange-amber color with small head. Strong, fresh and flowery hop aroma with some sweetness and notes of orange. The same elements in the flavor with minerals and firm but not extreme bitterness. Very balanced and pleasant IPA. brstp (201) - - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottle. Cloudy brown-yellow amber color, creamy off-white head with some nice lacing. Big floral hop aroma, some grass and orange. Start is tangy, surprisingly malty, moves into a complex caramel, spice, and hop bitterness that doesn’t really resolve.
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Whew hops! Hops that leave a zing ringing until the next sip.
Poured from bottle a medium reddish copper color with slight haze from the dry hopping. 2 finger head faded quickly, the lacing was light but kept on through to the end of the pint.
This IPA is a spicy one, though a softness does come through in the finish to just barely bring it all togther for me. Towards the end of the pint, it tends to loosen up some, and Im able to pick up the zest of the citrus. Overrall a well done strong IPA here from Deschutes. Persoanlly, to me, it may be a little to over the top for everyday 6 pack enjoyment. Though, its a no wonder they wanted to make it available year round. For those that enjoy a real robust hoppy brew, this one may be for you. jzzbassman (1619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Poured coppery cmber with a slight head and good lacing. Nose is peppery and big floral hop. Flavor is bracingly bitter and floral, lacking the resinous profile of most beers this hoppy. Finishes very dry and satisfying. hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 I love IPA so looked forward to this one. From the bottle it poured a somewhat cloudy orange color that left an off-white head that left decent lacing. Nose was malts, hops, fruits and spices. Palate was lively. Flavor was complex, and finish nice and bitter as you would expect of an IPA.. Solid IPA. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle... pours a hazy orange/red with a great looking off-white head that lasted a little while. Throughout the whole glass there was always a thin head on top of the liquid, which made it look great. Sweet, hoppy aroma with a touch of caramel. Nice fizzy palate.. Flavors of strong hops and citrus fruit and a great floral aftertaste. This beer has an awesome bite to it and one of the better IPAs I have had yet. DocLock (10659) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Thanks to Jake for this one. Pours hazy deep coppery ruby colored with a 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of floral fruity hops, bready malt, black pepper, mango, caramel malt. Tastes tropical fruity at first, yielding to a bready floral slightly funky spicy malt/hop dichotomy, with some finishing black pepper and I dare say saisony floral spicy notes.Very rich palate, complex, and smooth. Well done again by one of the world’s premier brewers.