jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Tap (rating from notes 5/23/07). Cloudy dark amber orange color with an off-white head. Vinous, rye, hoppy, and orange aroma. Smooth and bitter with a clean slightly sweet finish. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Draft. murkey caramel color with a thin off-hite head. Low citrus aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, slight pine flavor with earthy/spice/caramel backing. LIngering grapefruit and pine. Decent bitterness. Medium body.
I’ve had this a number of times and the beer has been all over the place with some kegs being much better (Toronado was the worst). luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Draught at the Toronado. Beer is hazy, light/medium caramel with a small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head.<P>Malty with a light note of toasted grain, trace of caramel; Hoppy with a heavy note of resin/pine, light note of lemon/orange zest; Lightly yeasty note of attic, trace of sweat.<P>Lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic with a long, lightly/moderately bitter, lightly acidic, lightly sweet lingering finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery/velvety and the carbonation is soft/lively.<P>Utterly fogetable. Ernest (7792) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Draught at Toronado. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of butter/diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Found it amusing after having the El Toro Deuce and thinking "here we go again." Diacetyl and yeast once more, and similarly pretty much just a hop bomb with little else of interest (for a non-hophead). Very lean, stark. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Draft at brew pub. Murky, dark copper pour with an ivory head. Piney and floral hop aroma with an obvious rye note. I couldn’t help but think what a great name this beer has has I drank it...Bid rye notes line the malt sweetness with the hop flavor and aroma of a west-coast IPA. Very dry and bitter- a great, and very different, IPA.
Ratman197 (15224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2007
On tap @ E J Phair poured a clear copper with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied crisp and dry. Flavors of rye, earthiness, carmel, pine and grapefruit rind witrh a crisp dry lingering bitter finish. bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
At NorCal Brewers Guild Festival at Raley Field. Aroma of piney hop with hints of grapefruit. Light amber color with little head. Starts with firm mouth feel and over the top pine. Perhaps some underlying grapefruit residue. Great long bitter finish. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Bistro Hop Rhizome Festival. This IPA pours a medium amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is mild, but kind of bready and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. There is a touch of spiciness from the rye. Good carbonation. A medium bitter IPA, the hop flavors are about in the middle of the scale. Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thin, but not every sip. Which is kind of strange. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of alcohol bite.