slowrunner77 (11911) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Murky dark orange pour. Adequately bitter, but overly malty and very obviously old. Don’t know how much I’d have cared for this one even fresh. Bought at the PDX made in Oregon store. No date." hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle... Pours hazy and golden with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Very good retention. The aroma consists mainly of grapefruit, pine and resiny hops with a nice kiss of honey. Medium to full-bodied and very creamy with lively carbonation. Well-balanced IPA. Honey sweetness blended with plenty of piney, grapefruity hop bitterness to go around. Lengthy, bitter finish. Kudos to brokephibroke for the bottle! DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Hazy orange pour with off-white head. Nose is heavy tropical fruity and resiny hops, fruit, honeydew, mango, caramel malt, spicy yeast. Rich and thick on the palate, with tons of hops, tropical fruit, and malt flavors intermingling perfectly. The finish is hoppy, assertive, and smooth. This is a top tier IPA, and I daresay it should be kicked into the IIPA category. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
2010-06-28. Murky orange body, small white head, I am informed by the brewer (?) that it doesn’t normally look like that - this was the last of the keg apparently. Hoppy aroma, citrus, orange, modest leafy notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, with pleasant orange citrus hops, light leaf and resin touches. Decent amount of bitterness throughout. 7+ Average plus bodied palate. Not super complex but rather enjoyable. A pleasant surprise. On tap at Rogue Ale House, Astoria. DuffMan (10267) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle, purchased from the bewery in Newport. It actually doesn’t look very nice! Cloudy, dirty yellow with tons of particles. Spicy citrus and resin hop character in nice balance with sweetish toffee malts. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, solid bitter finish.
gnoff (10224) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
(Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) On November 28, 2008. Cloudy orange color, small white head. Amercian hops scent, apricots, grape, citrus, pine, pineapple scent. Sweet first, then bitter, also apricots, taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness. KyotoLefty (10193) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
Draught at Rogue Ales and Public House, Portland.
Big hoppy aroma, with lots of citrus and pine.. Very fruity, well-balanced flavor with a burning hop finish and good fruit throughout. A great beer; the surprise of the day.
marcus (10138) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
This hazy yellow beer poured with a decent off-white head a a fresh floral aroma. The flavor is seriously bitter, but there is a tasty caramel malt base to balance it out. It’s a bit too piney for my taste, but hopheads will probably love it. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
Rating #100 for this one! Bomber courtesy of Travlr. Pours a very hazy yellow with a thin to medium off-white head that has okay retention and little to no lace. Aroma is a nice spicy and piney hop medley. Taste is massive grapefruit rind, really just an onslaught of overpowering hops. MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This perfumy India Pale Ale relies on its pine needle hoppiness and its potent resins to deliver a long-lasting, unbalanced, pleasant hoppy quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the sunny golden haze.
-The nose is almost unassuming compared to the soaring resinous bitterness.
-The hops add a citrusy touch as well.
-The body is rather lean and the carbonation effervescent, making for a drinkable mouthfeel.
-The malt character is not well defined, but this is a hoppy fix anyway, and a good one at that.