ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2012
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice big hop profile throughout with good bitterness and enough body to balance. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that has fair retention. The aroma is fairly mild with some faint pine and citrus. The taste is big on the pine and light on the citrus with a caramel malt backbone. The palate is medium with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry. Overall: Nice DIPA, but not great. DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
22 ounce bottle from Bel-Air in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this is milder than I would have expected. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of fruity, mango hop aromas here, but NOTHING close to Simtra. There is also an underlying herbal and pine note. Not too much in the way of malt character. Transparent copper body with a medium creamy-colored head that is fairly rapidly dissipating. Starts with almost a metallic flavor, before this becomes a little sweet and chewy in the middle with hints of toffee. Becomes quite toasted after that. Finishes with some crazy resiny hop flavors and pretty dry, husky, long-lasting bitterness. Crazy hops. Impressed with the brewer’s ability to balance these massive hops with the malts. A decent beer, but I most certainly prefer Simtra. bhensonb (15079) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours light amber gold with a foamy beige head. Aroma is heavily citrus/pine. A little lightly roasted malt for backbone. Med+ body. Flavor is harsh resin/citrus hop over a hardly noticeable malt. The caramel does come out a bit after the hop seeps away. The hop is heavy NW burn. Likely the hoppiest beer ever out of Sacramento. The bar is raised! marcus (10138) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours clear orange amber with a thin off-white head and a citrus aroma There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a very bitter dry finish. Not very balanced, but it all goes together pretty well.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
On tap (listed at 11.3%). Pours with a crystal clear yellow hued body with a massive white head that lasts. Smells pretty good. Aromas are of stone fruit, tangerine, floral citrus, light pine and a decent amount of alcohol. Minimum dextrin malt. Flavors are warming, only a very light sticky malt presence. Alcohol, low bitterness, big fruity, citrusy and tropical fruit hop flavors. Medium carbonation and warming.
Apprehensive going into this as I anticipated a big, sticky, sweet mess; very nicely surprised by this one. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Kudos to dodgrblu for first to rate... From growler (about 5 days after fill) from the brewery. Aroma and flavor similar to Moylan’s Hopsickle. Lots of hop variety in the nose and mouth. Palate attacks your mouth with bitter, floral, and citrus hop. Ok beer that will mess you up. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Bottle from capitol beer. Has a dark yellow slash copper color. Taste is bitter with a nice hop citrus finish with a lot of malt back bone. cletusdog (1) - Stockton, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012 does not count
Was given this the day after first bottling. Pretty great 3xIPA. Really rich, dank hops in this. 11.5% ABV is hidden really well and the malt bill is subtle but present. Really great beer. I’d love to try this side by side with the Simtra and even Pliny the Younger. I don’t think it’s far off from that territory. brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pours a light amber with a white head. Fairly sweet in the nose, a bit of caramel, some toffee, moderate pine, and some citrus. Citrus is mostly tangerine with a light grapefruit. Kind of harsh on the palate. Pine, mild grapefruit, and some floral notes. Somewhat abrasive on the bitterness. Not as sweet on the palate as I expected, but some toffee and caramel notes. Just kind of meh.