papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Sample at Oggis vista with a jug to go: Golden amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweaty citrus and piney hops. Flavor starts moderately tropical fruit sweet followed by some tangy citrus and a fairly dry, tangy grapefruit rind finish. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
On-tap at Oggi’s Vista. Pours a burnt orange color with a thin but sticky white head, good bit of lace. Smell is very subdued, hoppy, grassy. Tastes hoppy sweet and earthy with some citrus notes. Thick palate, good carbonation, nice bitter finish. Good, not great. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Tap @ Oggi’s Vista. Poured a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and sweaty hops. Some caramel notes. Flavor of grapfruit juice and ring. Some sweet malt mixed in. Medium body with nice warmth. Grapefruit hop finish with a moderate bitterness Semi-dry. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
On draft at brewpub. Arrived in the 8 oz. glass a hazy amber-orange color with a thin head that left spots of lace. Mild aroma of caramel, toast, citrus and pine - balanced and inviting. Big malt profile and equally big hops, ripe summer fruits, caramel notes, orange juice, spicy grapefruit rinds and dusty pine needles with alcohol noticible but muted. Medium to full body and tingly carbonation. Quite good. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Name: IPA 101 #3
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Source: Brewpub, Vista
muddy burnt orange, fine beige head, speckled lace,
sweet crystal and pine aroma with a touch of of fruity character,
rich malt flavor, sweet crystal has a nice fruity character with a growing orange sweetness, well balanced by lots of blended hops with a citrus and earthy being most dominant followed by spicy and peppery, evident alcohol enhances the peppery character to leave a spicy finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
On cask at Oggis. Copper orange with a creamy white head. Hoppy caramel aroma, but not as robust as expected. Good thick creamy palate. Pine bitterness but not enough malt to balance it out. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Tried at Pizza Port’s Real Ale festival from cask. Pale color. Medium head. Nice mild hoppy flavor. ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2007
Draught snifter at Vista on 3/24/07BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Not much to add to BBB63’s very accurate and concise review. Fine appearance with a strong copper tint and a small but neatly retained white head. Chill haze, moderate carbonation in the liquid, light lacing.
Obviously quite fresh with plenty of aggressive hops in the nose delivering a big serving of pine and wintergreen, and then easing in to a pineapple-grapefruit citrus fruitiness. A fair amount of malt character breaks through, adding a light breadiness and strong earthy caramel character. In concert with the strong citrus punchiness, it seems a bit too much, but the pale malt sugars, while a bit much themselves, do help settle down the punchiness and provide more a smooth, neutral sweetness. Alcohol was well-concealed, no flaws.
Sweet and sour up front, with the malt showing through providing the pale malt sweetness, with additions of caramel and breadiness. Sourish or slightly sweaty mineral and earth notes are definitely present, as Mike notes, especially on the finish, where they seem to cut short the hop flavors. But at the start and through the middle, the grapefruit/mango/pineapple really shines and there is a strong balancing pine bitterness, with light lychee notes created from the pale malt and hop interplay. Very nice texture, with extremely tight, engaging carbonation. Bitterness is strong, but not over-the-top.
On tap at Oggi’s Vista and served in a snifter: Deep copper with sunset highlights that was topped by a lasting frothy white head and left very good lace on the glassware.
The aroma displays a pine resin, clove, and grapefruit hop attack along with a caramel and sugary character that even as a hint of butterscotch and earthy yeast esters.
The taste has a sweet malt base layered over by snappy hops that showcase classic bittering, pungent PNW styles and a lot of citric twang. The finish is a tad too much mineral like but does work within the framework of the brew. The mouth feel is warming for sure, biting and aggressive.
A wonderful expression of the far south Cali big IPA ideas. A borderline Strong Ale...just get ya some if you can!