5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle: Golden, fairly clear, very light carbonation, huge off-white foamy head, lattice like lacing.   Soft combo of hops and malts, a bit of biscuit, slight tea and/or tobacco.   Flavor seems to be more malt oriented, hops are subtle, finishes with a slight graininess and tea/tobacco leaves.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean finish, lingering leaf flavors.   Would like to see a bit more citrus and hop accents in this one.   Thanks for the freebie Jeff! zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
pours a golden color with a decent head and slightest amount of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild with a floral and hoppy background. The flavor is very similar to the aroma but with more bitterness. Not a bad beer and certainly much better than in years past, but it just doesn’t do a whole lot for me and i don’t particularly care for the bitterness of it, i like my hops sweet. It lacks any real punch! spazaru (2) - USA - SEP 26, 2005 does not count
This is a perfect example of a balanced IPA. The hops are definitely there, but the floral aroma and taste are as well. I love this with tacos. I haven’t found it on tap yet, but I brought a growler of it home and it seemed even better than bottled. Great alternative when you need a break from the more aggressive San Diego County IPAs (Stone, Alesmith). atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Thanks to DarkElf. Copper color with an active body that builds a creamy white head that lasts the whole time. Aroma is grapefruit hops and floral hop boquet. There is also a malt presence. Flavor is quite nice sharp grapefruit hops and a fruity hop kick at the end. There is a sweet malt that is present to provide some companionship to the hop flavor, but it doesn’t provide equal ballance, it is plesant in that it makes the beer more than onedeminsial. Nice beer. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Clean looking ale. Floral pine aroma with citrus. Upfront malt and piney hop flavor moving into an intense puckering resin mountain and finishing bitter as hell. Great IPA.
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Draught pint at The Local, San Diego. I told the bartender "I want something hoppy". She brought me this. She made the right choice. Uber-hoppy aroma and flavour, but enough malt to keep things from going completely over the edge. This sent me back to my hotel very hoppy... uh, happy! BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Mouth watering hop aroma gave way to a mega hoppy, citrus and pine flavor. Really good and thirst quenching. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Nice earthy hops aroma followed by a good bitter body which intensity that resembles a double IPA. Little maltiness and fewer hops flavors than the aroma would lead us to believe. Finishes with a good, thick mouth feel. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle from the Foolish_Mortal (much thanks!) and served in my Great Lakes mini snifter:egajdzis (6561) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Pours a nice coppery hue with a solid frothy head and good lace. The nose detects both peppery and piney hops with a equal dose of grapefruit esters, also found a layer of pale malt and woodiness dancing about. This smells the part of a quality IPA. The taste didn’t let me down after the very nice aroma. Sharp, pungent, and fresh hop bite through the taste but at no point did it become unbalanced or over-the-top. A citric and pepper undertones do a stand-up job in support. The feel is sharp yet seems equally smooth and refreshing. Pretty good body for the style. Another surprise for me for Green Flash who is now 2 for 3 in my book. I could drink this IPA all the time. Seek this out ratebeerians.
Poured an amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, pine, citrus, and floral hops as well. Taste of more pine and citrus, light malts, and finished overly bitter.