kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Draft @ Clary’s in Reno. Pours a bright, clear orange color with an amber tinge; beautiful, fine-bubbled white head with great retention and lacing. Some (non-diacetyl) butterscotch aromatics next to a solid, sticky citrus and resiny pine hop aroma; a touch more balanced than hop-forward, but solid. Medium-full body; moderate CO2; no alcohol here; following the nose, lots of charismatic citrus and pine hop notes (very well-handled water, seemingly, as otherwise these tend to go badly), along with a malt character that sites somewhere between caramel and butterscotch; sticky, juicy hoppiness that’s just a touch distracted from (for me) by the prominent crystalline sugars. Would love to see this less malty, as the hop character is excellent. Lasting, bitter and dry finish with sticky citrus and pine. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle. Yellow color with a white head. A malty hop filled aroma with a simple and straightforward flavor and finish. A solid single for an IPA and well worth drinking. Sledutah (7979) - Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2012
22oz bottle (the same label design as pictured but it is a black label w/grey & green lettering and says Reno, Nevada. 8% abv) from Lee’s discount liquors haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Appearance: Pours clear amber with a huge foamy white head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Malts, caramel, pine and biscuity
Taste: Toasted malts, pine, bready with a bitter citrus (lemon) finish
A nice easy drinking IPA, well balanced.
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with an OK lacing head. Deep, hoppy aroma. Some grapefruit in the background. Nice, wet, hoppy taste. Not too overpowering. Tight, tangy hit on the palate. Dry finish. Pretty decent iPA. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle purchased in Las Vegas. Tasty IPA. Rusty hue with a nice head. Malts were nutty and wholesome with a balanced amount of sweetness (light caramel and sweet bread dough). Hops were floral, grassy and somewhat pine-like. Balanced bitterness. Pleasant and enjoyable IPA.
baraciisch (3444) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Golden orange in color... Aroma of citrus hops... Flavor is citrus and piney hops, light malts, fairly dry with decent bitter palate... Pretty solid
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Tasted at the Bistro IPA festival. Just getting to entering the rating now. It pours orange with a thin white head. Very malt forward aroma with mostly toffee. Mildly earthy hops in the finish. Not bad. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
Clear orange with a creamy white head. Sweet caramel honey and hops up front in the aroma and taste with a cereal grain bitterness on the back end. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #11. The label doesn’t say hopstar, but the description and abv are the same as the ratebeer description, so I’m going with it. Dark amber/orange pour with a dusty white head, the beer is very clear as well. Light pine with a good amount of citrus and a bit of sweet tropical fruit, pretty nice. Nice bit of bitterness upfront that was followed by some tropical sweetness and then a pretty big bitter aftertaste. Good stuff. (1970) SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a firm layer of head on top which eventually flat lined and formed a few patches of foam while the liquid was a deep honey gold. The aroma is thick with the scent of hop pellets and pine, but a smell of sweet bread like malt lurks in the background. I have to say I don’t particularly care for the aroma of this IPA and find it to be unbalanced. The same can be said about the flavor with a heavy taste of hop pellets while sweet malts take on a bigger roll, but the drink still comes across as amateur and having a home brew recipe feel to it. This is just more tame version of their Hoptologist recipe except the alcohol is more apparent in this one almost to the point it burns.