DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from Brian shared with my tasting buddies. Coppery amber with a solid off white head. Big pine and citrus aroma over a toffee background. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry with a lingering bitterness. The hops come on quickly with lots of bitterness supported by a study caramel sweetness. A very nice IPA in the West Coast tradition. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Transparent deep golden bronze color with a well-lacing frothy white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruity hops and a touch of pale malty sweetness. Body starts with good fullness and a nice amount of sweetness which is well-balanced with the resiny bittering and flavor hops before a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice, very drinkable IPA. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2009
Well served very cold this beer is awesome. A honey amber body with a white head. Rich pine and citrus with a nice full hoppy honey character. As it warms the caramel comes out a bit more and its less impressive. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of treyrab, thanks Trey. Clear copper pour with a long lasting white head. Citrus aroma. Lots of nice clean hops flavor, very nicely balancd as well, very good IPA. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Draft, then bomber. Pours deep brownish ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is juicy hops, fruit, caramel malt, mild peppery notes. Tastes rich, with a solid caramel malt bill, earthy, fruity hops, and a complex finish. Leaves you wanting more.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2009
From a growler shared by TheCaptain. Thanks Mark. Served in a shaker glass. Clear amber pour with two inches of creamy off-white head. Smells sweet and piney with some fresh citrus zest floating about. The flavor is mostly of fresh citrus with a bit of pine and mango. It is really bursting with hop flavor but doesn’t have a ton of bitterness. Dangerously drinkable. Excellent. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Big thanks for Josh for this bomber, poured into a tulip.
Pours deep, clear amber with a short lived creamy head that leaves a soapy film along the top and a big collar. The lacing is minimal.
Big juicy hops dominate the aroma with lots of grapefruits and oranges but with more than a fair share of pine as well. There is a sizable caramel malt sweetness to balance things out.
The taste has a much more dominant floral hop presence and the pine jumps to the forefront with a slightly astringent resiny bitterness from the first sip. Lots of caramel malts and toasted bread in the backbone before the pine and grapefruit leave the finish bitter, dry and astringent.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style and coats the palate with sticky hops. The carbonation is soft.
This is a solid hop forward IPA with a big enough malt backbone to balance things out and keep the drinkability relatively high. Looking forward to more from this brewery. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2009
22 oz bottle from the brewery. Clear dark amber with a sticky foamy light tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine resin and caramel. The flavor starts bitter then the sweetness fades in and back to a bitter finish. Medium body with average carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This thing is packed with flavor, aroma and body for only being a 5% beer, well done. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, deep copper-red body with an inch thick, white, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with heavy pines and sharper grapefruits. A light amount of sweet caramels, apricots, and florals keep this in check, but this is all about the piney hops. Flavor is the same. A light caramel sweetness greets the tongue before an assertive piney bitterness comes in. Lots of grapefruit with a slight resin, apricot, oranges, a light toasted bread, and plenty of florals make up the rest. Finishes dry with a nice, moderate bitterness that lingers for a long duration. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Clearly this is about the hops with just enough of a balance to keep this in check. I really like the finish in that it keeps the assertive piney hops to a slightly higher than moderate bitterness. The intense pine flavors initially made me anticipate an over-bitter finish, but this is definitely well made and prevents that. I really liked this one. johnbuck100 (306) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A great looking IPA(wasn’t expecting the red appearance) with a balanced hop presence. Smother than I expected but with a nice citrus hop bite. Add the modest alcohol level and you have a great drinking IPA. Well done!