psbrewlvr (15) - Palm Springs, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Another great west coast IPA, canít wait to try ale smiths,,,,this one is lighter than stones but close to Wipe out IPA great if they could blend em all. Another GREAT BREW chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Iím re-rating this on 3/10/09 - original review is below. Why the perfect rating? For me, itís the perfect IPA. Itís the perfect balance of hop bitterness, hop flavors, malt body, aromas, carbonation etc. If Iím not trying new beers, thereís not a single beer that I can think of that Iíd rather have than this one. Itís the only perfect RB score Iíve ever given and probably will ever give.mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
bottle / tap - wherever I can get it
I canít believe I havenít rated this one. Since Spring í08 when we could get this in Philly, this has been my "must keep around the house" IPA. Big hop aromas, good malt body w/o the biscuity toastiness so many IPAs have these days. Good crisp hop bite and more importantly, the flavor of the hops is really nicely done - citrusy grapefruit and resiny pine in a nice mix.
All summer weíve been able to get this with blue labels. The other night, someone brought over a green labeled version. Not sure if thatís s different beer or not (it sure tasted different, but that was after quite a few other beers).
So many beers owe a debt to Vinnie the the father of super hopped beers this is an excellent example and Vinnie would be proud. Over the top aroma, great taste and super hopped. Damn good. aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2009
One of my favorite beers. Clipper Cityís Loose Cannon is my standby but only because itís about 20% cheaper. I try to keep both on hand.
The only beer Iíve had with a stronger hop aroma is Russian River Pliny the Elder. The Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, and Amarillo hops give a very complex aroma but over time itís possible to pick each out. The hops are complemented by an excellent maltiness. The first few times I had the beer I was overwhelmed by the hops but lately it seems the maltiness is really shining through. weem25 (4) - USA - MAY 12, 2010 does not count
My favorite beer. Wonderful hop flavor. Bitter ang grassy. Cant ask for more.
jrnyc500 (1) - USA - AUG 14, 2010 does not count
I love this stuff!! Great smell, looks great in a glass and very unique taste. This is my favorite beer! MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle to tumbler @ home. OK....hereís the deal. If you donít like bitterness, donít order an IPA. The only existing negative reviews for this beer seem to come from people who either donít like IPAs, or from people who are too ignorant to know what an IPA is going to be. This is a perfect IPA! Pours deep amber gold, with a one finger creamy head. Very cloudy. Aroma is pine and citrus. Flavor is very heavy citrus, which finishes very long. This beer deserves a session, because nothing will taste sufficient after having this one. Extremely crisp, beautifully bitter in a concoction designed around the signature of the Simcoe hop. Green Flash has created an IPA masterpiece which stands out among several other San Diego IPAs which are known for their high quality and distinct flavor. A huge treat, anytime I can grab a few of these! acrissinger (1) - - MAY 6, 2012 does not count
Smooth but bitter. Great aroma and all around great beer. Great for casual drinking. Earthy Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Grassy smelling, like I like my West Coast style IPAs, and a little herby, backed up with a nice caramel and bread aroma. Darker gold with a rocky head. Light-sweet and medium-bitter, making it for me perfectly balanced. This is by far my favorite IPA. Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
This is in my opinion a perfect IPA. This is what beer is all about. The huge tropical notes, the big piny blast as you open the top, and the huge epic aroma when you pour it. This is just a world-class example of the style and in my opinion one of the best period. The taste is just out of this world, itís bitter in the best way, it punches your mouth in the best way. This is just a wonderful perfect beer.