manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from trade (thanks McBerko). Pours a very clear amber with ample tan head and abundant lacing up the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and pungent PNW hops. Taste is a really nice balance between the chewy, sweet malt and the citrus and piney hops. Finish is lingeringly bitter and pleasing. Very solid IPA.
adnielsen (10573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ brewpub. Slightly hazy, yellow orange appearance with an off white head. Moderate to high citrus, piney hoppy nose. Slightly resiny, moderate to high piney hoppy, slightly citrusy hoppy flavor. Nice brew.
TBone (16441) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 0,65ltr (bottle bought from Oregon)
Clear amber color, small white head, lace. Piney aroma with exotic fruityness. Medium-bodied. Flavor is similar to aroma: piney with sweetish fruityness: mango and pineapple. Also some buttery notes. Decent strong IPA.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark orange with some large chunks of sediment. Aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is a nice balance of bitter resinous herbal hops and light tropical fruit sweetness. Nice malt balance as well.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Gold and copper colored in appearance with creamy beige head. Lots of sharp and citrusy floral hops notes in the aroma with a little bit of candied orange and caramel. The taste starts out with ruby red grapefruit and earthy, resiny hops followed by some caramel malt, pine and tangerine. The body is slightly creamy with moderate carbonation levels and finishes mildly sweet and citrusy with a hint of alcohol at the end. The overall flavor borders on DIPA territory with lots of aggressive citrus and resinous hops characteristics. It certainly outdoes the Mongoose in the hops department.
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent IPA. Big fluffy head with lacing. Creamy body. Big malt body, lots of pine and grapefruit. You know, all the good stuff.
Zeswaft (1702) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generally, a grapefruit hop bomb. Delicious and always a go-to. 7.1% abv? Holla! $5.99 a bomber is pushing it, but always a good chose. I’m not sure why Hale’s still makes the regular Mongoose IPA. Supergoose is probably three times better in every beer tasting criteria.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice-looking beer. Deep orange with a fluffy head that leaves behind solid lace. Palate is smooth and very creamy. Very balanced. Malts are somewhat sweet with hints of bread dough and light caramel candy. Hops are floral and citrusy. Light spices in the background. Pleasant IPA.
Fred82 (2153) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head. Lots of lacing. Haven’t decided if I hate of idf I love the label. I’m torn appart really.
Aroma : Great floral and citrusy hops with light overcooked caramel.
Taste : Great resinous hops with a nice bitter and resinous finish. Very resinous actually. Finish is borderline harsh. Great carbonation level.
Overall : Nice stuff. Sharp finish maybe a bit too much. Nice light caramel. Nice hops. I liked it. Still not sure about the label though.
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This India Pale Ale’s sustained earthy, resinous hop bitterness succeeds orange-y fruitiness, stemming from a plump caramelized malt base.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam coats the hazy copper.
-The mouthfeel is pleasantly pillowy; soft effervescence and healthy dextrins.
-A dash of citrus adds complexity in the finish.
-This doesn’t really stand out on the West Coast, but it’s still a fine pint of IPA.
-The malt structure could have been tighter and more talkative, for my tastes.