overall
99
96
style
RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2004 GABF Gold Medal winner - IIPAs

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Draft at OBriens. Arrived a bright clear medium amber color, with a small white head and spotty lace. Aroma is primarily of brash citrus and evergreen, with pine oil and spicy notes. Flavor of orange juice, grapefruit rind, dusty pine needles - this is an unrepentant hop bomb - leaves a puckering finish. Medium to full body with light carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/02/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

opaque dark yellow, this white head, sweet citrus hop aroma, solid hop flavor, nice balanching sweet malt, light bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6252) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Reddish orange with a beige head. Intense floral aroma with some noticable sweet malt. Huge upfront bitterness. Hops are mostly floral and piney. Very dry and resiny long after the sip is finished. There is some alcohol warmth as well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at San Clemente Pizza Port. Good amount of pine in this one, otherwise it is a pretty standard IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3593) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Tap at San Clemente location; flavor was alot of fruit and caramel; pretty sweet actually. Good balance; solid but not spectacular.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Had this on tap @ the brewpub as well as the following growler. Pours a clear orange with a 1/4 finger light yellowish beige head. Aroma of tangerines, pineapple, lemons, and some caramel biscuity malts. Very good. Some pine and scorched caramel are the main differences from the taste--tangerines, oranges, pineapple, and some caramel make up the rest of the flavor. Bitterness peaks @ a 6-7 our of 10. This growler is a week old so I cant blame the pretty low carbonation. Medium to full body. Kick ass beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Draft at OBriens. Very hoppy aromas. Fruity more than floral. Hazy orange with no head (that may have been the bar wenchs fault). Very full body. Very malty up front which led to an excellent juicy hoppiness on the finish. Some sort of spice it seemed in the middle with a shot of strawberry ....really? ...huh! ...different, but very very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
sampled at GABF 06 Amber colored pour w/ hints of orange and a small off white head that laces prety well. Aroma is nice w/ a good amount of sweetness carmels and almsot sugars a well hopped aroma as well mostly grapefruit some orange skins and definate pine notes. Full well coated palate lightly creamy. Flavor has lots of carmels some piney resins, some apricots and other light fruits. Very good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
GABF 06, Taste on this beer was pretty sweet for an IPA, but still pretty tasty with plenty of citrus hop flavor. Not an assertive bitterness, but its enough.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Golden amber in color with a thin head. Very fruity hops aroma without an abundance of the citrus and pine notes one usually gets in beers such as this--berries instead--very interesting. Dried apricot dominate the fruity hop profile along with a bit of sweetness. Not a strong malt body despite the sweetness. A medium body overall with well balanced alcohol character.


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