peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours caramel/honey orange in color with a small but frothy white head. Aroma is massive tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), pine, and medium hop bitterness in the very back. The most tropical fruit forward IIPA I’ve ever smelled. Taste does not meet the expectation of the aroma. Taste is heavy malt (even a bit sweet), a bit of pine, and some bitterness through the finish. Even feel in the mouth. Very nice, perfectly drinkable IIPA but a notch below my personal favorites in the style. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle... Poured vibrant orange with a thick white head. Obviously dominated by citrus hop flavors. Oily, pepper-spiced, piney, and a resinous bitterness. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle saved for me by Jazz at El Cerito, thanks a TON! Pours a great orange with a frothy white head. The aroma is full of pineapple through and through. Mango and other tropical fruit round it out for a great citrus hop bouquet. The taste, West Coast DIPA!! There is loads of citra hop with some bitterness but this one is balanced beyond belief. I keep coming back to the mango and tropical fruit. Overall, they know how to do a DIPA better than almost anyone else. Hope they can make this a regular offering. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
hay, citrus, golden, clear, white foam, lightly bitter, oily feel, light body, average carbonation, just.a.great.ipa.highly.recommend wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to a new trade partner. Beautiful orange with excellent sticky lace. Great citra dankness, and leafy plant like hop matter. Good tropical passion fruit flavor and resinous hop dank and citrus and sticky sap. Bitter finish. Fantastic.
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Thanks Urcancaver for sharing multiple samples from a growler. Bright and lively orange pour with a fluffy white head. Loads of lace. Aroma is tropical fruit. Citra Bomb, resinous, mango, papaya Awesome Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2011
The aroma is unbelievable - smooth citrus grapefruit and tangerine notes. The beer pours amber with an orange hue and white head. The flavor is so smooth with perfect citrus hops on top and no booze notes at all. So refreshing with no bite at all or being overcarbonated. socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 One of the best Imperial IPA’s I have had. The aroma is full of tropical fruit notes with little bitterness on the nose. The appearance is a golden color with a slight haze to it. The tastes follows the aroma very closely. The bitterness is not over the top, but it is a very west coast style DIPA. One of my favorites for sure.
Update from after trying the beer on tap at the Citra release. This beer is very well made and it was a pleasure meeting the whole team out on Kernville. I thought the ticket system they used was very efficient for those who were there early enough to receive an allocation, and I will happily make my way back out there in the future 50belair (3701) - Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a nice white head. Tropical fruit & citrusy hop aromas. The taste pretty much follows suit with peach, orange, mango, pineapple, and pine notes supported by a muted caramel malt backbone. Light and refreshing.. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2016 Fresh growler courtesy of tkunkel. many thanks man!
A: Dark copper-orange-amber body. Large, off-white head formed from a sizable stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Good retention holds the head up for a few minutes before crashing to a nice skim and a well-defined ring. Nice coating of lacing, not sheets, but significant coverage.
S: Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange dominate up front. A nice resinous quality. Freshly baked biscuits and bread. Some zesty spice. I also was getting a hint of caramelized brown sugar. Very interesting. Tons of hops, but a sizable malt base.
T: Like the nose there are massive doses of hops and malt here in the flavor profile. The hops are pronounced with mango and grapefruit separating themselves from the rest of the citric notes. Lots of sweet, freshly baked baked goods.
M: Creamy, medium body with good rolling carbonation. Resinous and oily. Solid bitterness throughout culminating with a nice aggressive bite.
O: All around interesting and enjoyable dIPA. Combines the freshness of west coast style dIPAs with the sweet bakery like malt of big, east coast IPAs.