jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
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 (17668) - 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 (5328) - 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 (7689) - 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 (3186) - 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. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Blankboy’s bottle. Hazy orange, foamy small white head. Nice aroma - a good mix of hops (not one stands out) - resiny, sweet, citrus - nice. Lovely, but one-dimensional, hop taste - lots of pine and resin and lots of alcohol. Nice and simple and good! HogTownHarry (6830) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Hazy darkish amber with a large fluffy tan head, artistic lacing left behind. Sweet and juicy malt/hop balance - in the end mostly hops (citrus/resin/evergreen, slightly sour) - very appealing. Taste has better balance, malt takes a backseat, the hops are prominent with long lemon zest/pith finish. Decent body, extremely astringent, creamy and moderately alcoholic mouthfeel, lovely long linger - simple, pretty much all about the hops, but very nice. mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
A very full flavored beer. It has a very strong hoppy taste. With a little hint of pine at the end. I really enjoy this beer. It tastes like a whole meal.