tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured in to a standard American pint glass. Amber with a big resinous white head. Outstanding overloaded hop aroma. Excellent plent of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, and even some malt breaks through. Insane lacing. Expertly balanced, if you asked me. A certain oily slickness that I love in my IPAs. You all should go out of your way to get this one. Thanks Saarlander for this absolute treat. agl108 (1242) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy orange with white head. Citrus nose. Ridiculously hoppy, one of the most bitter finishes I’ve ever had. Very good IPA and definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on this one. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2006
Clear sparkling orangey amber, creamy off white head. Just a great left coast IPA nose of fresh white grapefruit, pine, soft juniper,and light touches of sweet malt. Razor hop bitterness up front that continues right down to the bottom. Perfectly unbalanced. Medium bodied, light carbonation, ultra dry, bitter finish. This easily gives the Stone IPA a run for it’s money....might even better in my book. All hopheads will greatly appreciate this brew. Try some soon... barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
thanks to Saarlander for the 12 oz. bottle. 3rd IPA of the night and saved the best for last. commercial description is right on target. there’s a lot going on with the multiple hops in this one. some malt to provide a backbone and medium bodied. very nice IPA jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Pours a perfect clear copper with a thick, creamy off-white head. Very sharp, biting pacific nw hop aroma. Bold and assertive, like an American IPA should be. Flavor has strong notes of pine, resin, grapefruit/citrus, some vanilla, mango along with a very sturdy bready caramel malt backbone to support the dumptruck load of hops. There’s a touch of woodiness in there too. Moderately sweet with very assertive bitterness which lingers forever. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and perfectly carbonated; perfect. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets. Great head retention.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 12 oz bottle courtesy of Droopy49. Pours amber with a small white head. Grapefruit citrus, and rich malt aroma. Hopheads rejoice! It’s all about the hops in this one. Resiny mouthfeel. Dominating hop flavor of grapefruit, with the malt with deep in the background. Finish is dry, grassy, very bitter, and resiny. A little one dimensional, but I really liked it. This is probably one of the hoppiest IPA’s I have had to date. I’d definitely drink this again if I can get another. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with Enniskillen - Thanks Chris! - Pours amber with a creamy offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the shaker very well. Aroma of sharp citrus, grapefruit and pine bitterness abound and there is some malt backbone underneath. Flavor is mor balanced than the nose let on. Resiny citrus and pine there but a smooth caramel malt backbone holds this one up and balances it pretty well. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied and a real treat to drink. Very nice IPA! sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of odeed: Copper colored pour with a decent white head. Citrusy aroma with a bit of pine tucked in. Flavor, nice and hoppy resiny citrus. Bursting bitter finish, this is some good stuff. Thank you odeed. Some nice lacing on the glass. I think a couple more of these and I might convert into a west coast IPA advocate. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Pours golden with a tall lasting frothy head. Smells of sweet malty goodness with a tightly wound hop character. Medium full nectar with excellent carbonation. This brew packs a punch and keeps on knocking them down. Tightly wound and supremely balanced like a world class prize fighter. This brew is to be reckoned with. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 One of my favorite IPA’s. A beautiful, golden pour gives way to a nice foamy head and wonderful lacing. The flavor is piney, with a tad bit of citrus. Amazing stuff. San Diego in a bottle.