glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Cloudy with small head. Good hop aroma, but amazing hop taste. Very skunky nug taste. Thick and creamy. Love it. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2006
On tap. Hazy orange yellow, cream head. Aroma is citrus and floral. Flavor is hoppy, floral, citrus, and caramel. Good stuff. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 Bottle: 8/6/06. What an IPA! Pours orange amber with a moderate head. Absolutely lovely aroma, fresh Simcoe + the usual west-coast c’s, rich orange-peel and citrus aroma with plenty of leafy floral tone to round it out. The flavor is just as I like -- not at all sweet or sticky but nicely backed up with toasted malts, richly hopped but not overly aggressive in the bitterness. This was a great IPA and if it were regularly available here it could become my house beer especially for the warm season. 9/4/9/4/17=4.3
jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Update 6/14/07: repeated encounters with multiple sixpacks of this stuff have done nothing to diminish my initial enthusiasm. Outstanding beer with an aroma to die for. Thanks to "a friend" in California, this has become something of a house beer despite the lack of WA state availability. Probably somewhere in the 4.0 to 4.2 range rather than my initial exuberant 4.3, but that’s still darn good and among my top IPAs.
2/14/10 At last, distribution in WA state! My first draft pour today, with a glorious aroma. The flavor is like having your ass beat with fresh-cut, sap-bleeding pine branches soaked in fresh squeezed grapefruit -- in a good way. 9/4/8/4/16=4.1. We’ll compromise at 4.2 for now.
Tap @ Toronado. A dark reddish brown color with a smoth candy bubblegum like flavor with a bitter hop finish. Quite nice and very smooth. Not much in the aroma (until drinking it) but I liked the palate and flavors. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Slightly hazy copper. Very fresh hop aroma - so fresh it defies analogy or interpretation. It just smells like hops. The flavour is moderately bitter, with toasty malts and woody hops that are far less pronounced than in the aroma. I definitely consider it a weakness if a beer has a serious disconnect between the aroma and the flavour, in particular when it comes to hoppiness. Dry-hopping the shit out of a beer that isn’t especially hoppy in the mouth as well just doesn’t impress me.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Clear amber with a frothy off-white head. Nice west coast hop profile in the nose, it lives up to its name in this way. THese hops start with C. There is a really nice grapefruit/pineapple flavor that is provided by the simcoe in the flavor. The high abv is masled very well. The hop profile is overall excellent and is the centyer of this beer and really the center of any beer that calls itself a West Coast IPA. Overall the beer is quite wonderful and the best that I have had from this brewer and a beer that is worthy of its moniker. blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pretty much everything I expect from a west coast IPA. Which is why I’m a stoutie. Heavy , hop flavors where you can still taste the oils 20 min later. A great tasting beer, but I just can not handle that much hops. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
[2006 - Oregon Brewers Festival]
A light amber colored brew with a light head. This was a good drinking IPA. This was not so over the top it kills your taste buds. A tad high in alcohol but this was a good brew. Some citrus flavors with the hops the flavors where veru subtle and nice.
blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- my bottle courtesy of fordest. Pours a hazy orange-amber with an average size diminishing fluffy white head. Very nice aroma and flavour of a medley of hops (citrus, floral, resin and more) backed by just enough malt and some alcohol. Finish is quite bitter and a touch boozy. Almost like an I2PA and that’s a compliment. Medium bodied. Wow, this was surprisingly good, I’d definitely get this again and again. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours amber with a slight haze and a medium sized, off-white head. Nice hoppy nose, slightly floral, lots of grapefruit. The flavor is fairly dry, some breadiness and lots of caramel, citrus and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is round with moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.