ACHops (1726) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2013
22 oz bottle from a 7-Eleven in Carlsbad. Excited to try something from a brewery that I honestly hadn’t heard of before. Pours medium dull copper with a thin lacey head. Aroma is thin caramel malt and faint herby hops. Taste is big bready caramel malt that is oddly not sweet at all. Very bitter finish with only a little hop flavor - hints of earthy grass. Definitely one of the maltier DIPAs I’ve had. Some good elements here, but lacking the balance and highlights of the better ones. daleharshman (1086) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
First rating for this local brewery (is this the only bottle they have produced?). Bomber purchased at Major Market in Escondido ($7.99). Pours a slightly hazy amber-sunset orange hue with a finger and a half of frothy off-white foam. Aroma somewhat on the weak side with notes of sweet citrus, wet grains, light pine, and some caramel. Flavor of earthy-herby-spicy hops, pine sap, chewy barley, and some notes of brewed iced black tea. For the strong malt presence in this, it is actually quite bitter. A passable DIPA...excited to get the bottle, but might like to try this on draft for comparison. (17, 793) jgb9348 (6655) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Dark copper coloured body with a thin off-white head and a nice bronze glow. Aroma of metal, light malt, a lot of hops and even more alcohol. Medium-bodied; Deep metallic and pungent bitterness from alcohol and hops with a good deep resinous flavour and quite a bit of metal. Aftertaste shows tons of alcohol, a lot of hops, metal and a bit of earth. Overall, a strong and robust beer with metallic notes more than hops and perhaps too deep and pungent in flavour. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Texas Liqour in Carlsbad, California on 19-March-2013 for US8.99 sampled at home in Washington after returning from Alaska on 27-May-2013. ben4321 (6912) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 5/21/13
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
Aroma: The nose is sweet, with orange, grapefruit, caramel, and some booze
Appearance: It pours a reddish-orange color with a small, bubbly beige head and sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is sweet and boozy up-front with a fairly bitter finish to it
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it is sticky on the mouth, with a lengthy, astringent finish
I thought this was an alirght beer, but it wasn’t much of a Double IPA. It just lacks the hop profile of the best examples of the style. This wasn’t a favorite for me.
From the bottle to aroma to palate to taste to finish, this brew is world class. Grassy pine citrus aroma. Firm crisp palate, hoppy bitterness with a great malt balance. Finishes crisp and hop floral notes carry through and leads you to drink more. Classic!
brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Amber in color with a white head. Nose is sweet orange with some grapefruit. A weird hint of banana, some pine, grass, and sweet caramel. Decent citrus flavor, mild bitterness, caramel, and light pine. Orange and grapefruit, grass, and some toasted bread. radagast83 (8705) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
4oz draft. Poured a clear golden amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was citrus notes, pale malt character. Flavor was nice, citrus notes, touch of caramel. Really drinkable. Pretty enjoyable. Alcohol very well hidden in this brew. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a nice amber color with a dense off white head. The nose has some off notes of fusels and paint thinner with a heavy pine aroma. The flavor is all alcohol and bitterness, and not bitter in a good way. Almost aspirin like bitterness clings to your tongue for far too long. I took three sips of this one and could not make it any further. Drain poured it. Carden1972 (11) - Montgomery, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2013
22 OZ bottle. Pour was crystal clear pale straw color 1/2 inch or so head. Great effervescence. Floral hop notes could use more citrus. Initial taste was extremely bitter and oily hops. Hung on palate for ever. I enjoyed this yet could not drink a less hoppy beer after this ad it would taste like yellow fizzy. Packet a punch at 8.3. Expensive though. But great beer. SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Wow, this is my first Oceanside Ale Works and I have wanted to taste anything from them for about 6 years now but never drove up to their brewery—I’m so stoked to have found a bottle by them. Poured a dense golden honey color with dusty pieces of sediment floating in equilibrium while a frothy topping of foam was formed on top. Aroma is mild with only a slight trace of piney citrus like hops and some grain or rye like malts lingering in the back of my nose. The flavor is initially bitter but its obvious the hops have long ago deteriorated and have no such flavors that I mentioned earlier in the aroma. Has a sturdy backbone of bready malts that give off a bit of a spice taste perhaps rye. Has a heavy drink to it which I admire in Imperial IPA’s but this beer must have had a long shelf life because it taste far from fresh, too bad but I wont hold it against them this time (1st strike).