luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 3, 2006
My comments of tasting a cask conditioned version of the IPA (Yup, I luv cask conditioned beers)
Nice golden color with a touch of haze from the dry hopping. For a cask-conditioned beer has a nice bit of lace on the glass
Being cask-conditioned has a wonderful aroma of cascade hops yielding to a sweet malty bacground
Served at the right temp for a cask-conditioned beer, starts of with nice malty flavor to be immediately followed by hop flavor and then the bitterness. Finshes off nice and dry. Since it is cask conditioned the malt background shows through well making it delightful
A very good beer from an excellent brewer.
Seems to have a slightly higher final gravity for an IPA. I like that that for an IPA does not have a tongue numbing bitterness.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 10/25 rerate: What the heck happened to this beer. It went from one of the greatest I’ve ever tried to something barely palatable. Tasted bland, grainy, stale. I guess that’s the diversity you can get with beer brewed in small batches. I’d give this IPA about a 2. My rating will be the avg.
Original: Had this one on tap at the restaurant... WOW. I have NEVER tasted a brew with this much grapefruit flavor/aroma. I loved it. I have had so many beers with citrus hops but don’t even come close to this amount of grapefruit. I’m thinking maybe they use an s-load of chinook. I’m a homebrewer and I would love to take a shot at making this IPA. Next time I’m down there I’m going to pick thethe brewmasters mind and see what he’s using. Fantastic. Nicely balanced with malt. Very light body goes great with the citrus flavors. SO refreshing! I haven’t been this excited about a brew in a long time. Bottoms up! Crit (4105) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
Hazy light amber with decent white head. Hop nose. Green hop flavor...didn't like it. Seems as if the used the hops when they were still too young. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Tap. Slightly hazy golden orange. Lots of hops but also smooth. Tingles in the mouth. Nice malty medium body. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Bitter, vague clove taste. Decent flavoring................................