NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 bottle split with Muenster. Ah, gotta love these west coast IPA’s. I really like the not subtle title bestowed on this one. Pours out of the bottle to reveal a copper brew with a whispy head. Aroma = hops. It’s not a pungent, stinging blast, but rather a remarkable depth of hop character with a surprisingly fresh quality. It’s pretty close to opening up a baggy of hop flowers and taking a whiff. Huge grassy notes come out with scents of pine, pot, grapefruit. The brew is less obnoxious in the way of flavor, but that’s not really saying much. It’s fairly bitter with plenty of zesty, herbal flavors and just a small presence of sweet malt to balance things out a bit. It’s a pretty clean India pale and is sure to provide a hop fix. Pretty much standard for the west coast, good stuff.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2007
[May 22, 2008]
bottle. Pours a quite hazy copper with a fluffy white head. The aroma is strongly piny with grapefruit and a bit of pineapple. While it is assertive and nicely scented, I seem to remember my first bottle being more potent. The flavor is well rounded and pleasingly bitter. Adequate grapefruit backed by more citrus make up the primary flavor with semi-sweet malts being secondary. The finish is dry and bitter without being chalky or off-putting. This is quite a bold and clean example of the style. West Coast indeed.
Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours a nice copper/amber color with a thin off-white head. Simply put, the aroma is amazing. An expansive, all inclusive hop bouquet. As I raise the glass again to take a first taste, the aroma again gives me hope that this is going to be awesome. The flavor is at first strong on grapefruit, then slightly astringent, then nothing. Just a blip of hop goodness that falls flat. Man, the aroma had me stoked, but left me longing. Hmm.. Not bad by any measure, but man, if that flavor had followed up, this would have been astounding. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle from dirty_martini. Thanks Larry! Pours a clear copper with a lacy white head. Sweet malty aroma of mango, grapefruit and pine. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The taste starts sweet with the same mango, grapefruit and pine, and finishes resinously bitter. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Hazy peach body topped by a tall and creamy head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing. Bold aroma of fresh pine, citrus, grass, and herbal florals. Medium body with good carbonation and some hop oiliness. Bitter tasting start to finish. Pine, grass, and grapefruit sweep away any suggestion of a sweet malt presence. Aggressively hoppy and bitter. An excellent IPA for those who love hops and don’t like sweet pale ales. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2007
12 oz bottle: Light amber color with medium sized off white head. Aroma is full of citrusy hops, notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, fair amount of citrusy hops, bit of honey. Finish is pretty firmly bitter.
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Has a wondefully citrusy floral aroma. One IPA that any true hop-head or beer lover should try. Tons of hops and graininess. I really love it. A ton. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Massive head long lasting head on this orange beer. Very floral nose and quite bitter. k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Tangerine/Copper pour with excellent head. Pine/Floral/Citrus aroma. Light creamy palate with light caramel malt flavor that instantly gives way to all of the hoppy goodness...simcoe very present. pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Pours orange with thin white head. Lots of Hops. Pretty good pine and grapefruit notes. Decent IPA that grows on you as you drink. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 20, 2007
Pours a nice hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fuity, mostly grapegruits. Nice lacing. Sharp hop presence. Well balanced IPA. Impressive.