GarrettB (1500) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 28th, 2014 - Our visit to Peter Bís has suddenly become a highlight of our trip up and into Monterey. What we expected to be a quick gas-up with some mediocre beer has become an opportunity for me to lavish praise on humble beer in a humbler setting. And now that distinct pleasure begins to come to a close as we reach the penultimate taster, the Imperial IPA. As per expectations, the aroma is boisterous with hops, tumbling and fumbling over itself to deliver the deep, fresh scent if resinous, isomerize alpha acids, with touches of flower and wheat to add complexity, and to veer the scent away from the popular San Diego style of monopolizing the whole of the scent for hops alone. The body is soft and foamy, with a pronounced alcohol hit, and a good sweetness from lingering sugars, which deliver a delightful blend of bitter and sweet into a long, echoing aftertaste. It is just sharp enough to prick and engage, without being painful or spiteful about it.
Theydon_Bois (17639) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Peter Bís, Monterey, 29/04/14.
Clear golden with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is bitter citric peel, hoppy notes, pine, orange pith, pink grapefruit, toasty malt waftings.
Taste comprises citric pithdom, pine bite, bitter grapefruit, straw, bitter orange.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi aggressive hop bitterness in the close.
Solid easy drinking DIPA, the 10% never interferes.