thedm (6147) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy light tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate light brown colored body and a fair lacing. The strong aroma was hoppy. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of very nice hops and mild caramel. A wonderful best in class brew. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
smells like a dry hopped brewery but the flavors are unbalanced in the hop direction, which wouldn’t always be bad, but its just a little too hoppy without having much, if any, malt foundation. gnawing bitterness in the finish makes it slightly less than satisfying. That all being said, the flavors are fresh tasting, the hops sharp and distinct, and the overall craftsmanship, pretty damn good. drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Orange butterscotch. A refreshing IPA; loads of grapefruit juice in flavor and aroma--very little noticeable malt.
[tasted next to a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA]
The Ballast point is syrupy, so that alone makes it much different. Both are nice depending on what you’re looking for. Delirium (669) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Draught. Pours slightly cloudy amber with a dense off-white head. Aroma is strong, fresh aromatic hops, especially pine and cedar notes, with a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is somewhat more well-rounded, with strong pine and some citrus hops on a caramel and bready malt backbone, finishing with slightly more bittering hops. This is very good; I rather like the combination of a fresh/aromatic hops aroma and a more malty (but still quite hoppy) flavor.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Addendum: The bottled version isn’t nearly as good. More of an unbalanced hop-bomb, and even the hops lack something in the flavor department. Not terrible, but I’d give it a 3.5 maybe.
Draft - Mad Mex in Robinson. Pretty strong tasting IPA with hard and hoppy flavors. I was pretty impressed but then again ive had better.
Seahandler (11) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Draft. Piney esters with a sweetness from the malt. A little oxidized. Flavor makes up for aroma. Clarity was bright. A little to malty for me but a nice balance. A brighter aroma and a little dryer in the finish and the score would have gone up. I like to finish the night with this beer. BBQ Ribs or marinated Flank Steak? eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Another delicious san-diego style ipa. has more character than both Stone and Alesmith’s standard ipa offering which is saying quite a bit. psbrewlvr (15) - Palm Springs, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Another great west coast IPA, can’t 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 muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Rather crummy looking beer surprisingly. Like filtered clay mud. Frothy white head that dissolves to a thinner film. Nose is aromatic and full of piney hops in ture West Coast IPA style.
Nice balance for an over-hopped IPA. Hops it the front of the tongue like nails being driven into each taste bud. But then there is a nice malt base that follows quickly to keep it all in control. Heavy on the grapefruit citrus. Medium body that seems both thicker at the sip and lighter at the finish thanks to the hops. Just a tad dry with the finish too. Really enjoying my way through the glass. theisti (4114) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2007
12 oz bottle mail ordered from South Bay in Imperial Beach, CA. Pour is minimally cloudy orange gold with a nice, big off white - tan head. A few floaties, based on the aroma, I assume these are pieces of hops! Aroma is a really nice grapefruit citrus hop. Even the bottle cap smelled like hops! Taste is big hops, very citric, oranges, pine cones, flower petals and very resiny. Medium body, some malt presence towards the end, but the story with this one throughout is the hops. Finish is dry and crisp. I liked this one, but it is most certainly a West Coast IPA. I guess its not just a clever name.