jgb9348 (6196) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Hazy copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thick, two centimetre tall off-white head - nice. Aroma of peaches, bright grapefruity hops and yes, the best smell of all, passionfruit. Medium-bodied; Strong herbal and slightly grapefruity hops at first gives way to a good malt backbone showing some depth and then a mild hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste isn’t too complex with only a handful of light fruit flavours capturing anything more from the light herbal hop notes and the mild malt. Overall, a good IPA, but nothing more and nothing less - doesn’t really compare to some of the best IPAs, but its definitely drinkable. Whether or not its worth searching out for, is up to you, but I wouldn’t really look for this one at all if I knew better - there are far too many IPAs better than this one. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 09-June-2012 for US$7.25 sampled at home in Washington on 01-September-2012. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: This was really nice. It really showcased the hops’ flavors, but had enough balance to keep the hop bitterness from becoming overwhelming.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an ever so slightly hazy, medium to dark, brownish, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that kept a nice sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel; moderate to heavy resin, grapefruit, passion fruit and other tropical fruit hops; and brown sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, light to moderately acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately acidic and moderate to heavily bitter. There was caramel, brown sugar, passion fruit, tropical and citrus fruit hops, a little resin hops, a little grapefruit with brown sugars sprinkled on it, and a little semi-dark bread. The medium body was sort of oily, slightly syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
From a bomber. Beautiful bright orange pour with a thick rocky white head. The aroma is gorgeous. Bright tropical fruit, grapefruit and some juicy fruit aroma over a lovely rich pale malt base. A touch of spice that rounds out the sweeter fruity notes on the back. Bright and zesty with a distinct whiff of peach as well. Awesome stuff. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bomber from State Line, Elkton. Lovely pour, a deep translucent orange with a silky head. Fulsome nose, fruit coming through nicely but as a solid complement to the bright hops. Very smooth and full, creamy body. So sweet but at the same time subtle and balanced, no mere overdose of elements to create a mere effect. Superbly balanced and drinkable. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and orange in it, as well as some sweetness from the biscuit malt. The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of mango and apricot notes at first, along with some biscuit malt. As I drink more I start to get some peach and other tropical fruit. The bitterness level is low but the hop flavor is very strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
reebtogi (6240) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
650ml bomber pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon, grapefruit and passionfruit with some caramel. Taste is grapefruit and lemon bitterness balanced nicely with a passionfruit and caramel malty sweetness. Meidum bodied with nice carbonation leaving a nice tickle on the tongue. This is a nicely done IPA that is highly recommended for a great tasting experience. Theydon_Bois (19200) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Tap at the Blind Tiger, Manhattan - 01/03/12.
Hazy orange colour with a frothy finger of off-white head.
Hoppy citrus nose, orange predominates and a touch of lemon.
Taste as nose with a certain amount of malts in the body and a tangy finish.
OK - not as bitter as I’d expected from a west coast IPA. jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Bottle shared with Andrew and Chris. Pours an amber body with light haze and white lacing. Aroma is fresh fruit, citric hops and dank herb. Mouthfeel is super sessionable and refreshing - notes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, light peach and dank herb. anggrec (65) - Delaware, USA - AUG 9, 2012
From bottle to tulip. Dark copper color not a lot of aroma. So smooth and balanced with a very bitter hoppiness throughout. I like is one a lot. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Crystal clear light amber pour topped by a slice of white. Not particularly intense, but still hop-forward nose in which a wide array of tropical fruits meets grapey, woodsy, strongly citrusy aromas for which you could enumerate on and on flavor descriptives. Impressively complex hop profil for a single hop IPA. Bright and acidic flavour profile where perhaps more crystal malts than I would like aim at maintaining the balance and certianly attenuate the bitterness perception, but handicap the aroma at the same time. Spicy, woodsy, sandy, fruity, citrusy bitterness is pleasant, leading to the next sip and would rhyme with outstanding drinkability were it not for the above average sweetness. Still, the straightforward flavour extraction is pleasant enough and the beer is globally very clean. It makes for a good quaffer on a hot summer day.