beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Beautifully clouded peach gold color with a massively thick and frothy bone white head adorns the top and stays put for what seems like forever. Mega sheeting lace sticks all over the glass. Awesome sight of an I2PA!
Quenchingly large hop nose, wowzaa, hugely oily, fleshy, tangy, sour, and fresh yellow grapefruit citrus and peach flesh. Dry pine, dark orange, and slight candied sweetness play underneath. Beautiful smellin’ hop nose oh my...
Taste is a eager diplay of hops, wonderfully citric without a ton of bitterness or over souring. Brillantly balanced, juicy, and zippy with orange, peach, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, and a pleasing dry herbal pine and biscuity finish that floats off leaving left over citrusy pulpy things and grassy herbs staying put across the palate. Hops dance and take center stage, but yet there is the behind the scenes malting keeping a fine balance of caramel sweetness and chewyness underneath. Very clean and respectable to the buds. Yum times two.
Feel is clean, hoppy, fresh, oily, pulpy, and full, I swear I was picking bits of hop leaves and grapefruit pulp out of my teeth. Lightly bittering and sour, just enough give and just enough pucker. I love when that happens. Perfect!
Drinkability is sublime, its great balance and clean but juiced up pulpy profile just begs for some major downability. Plus its so damn good!
The perfect Double IPA. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2004
This was such a great beer. It poured a hazy golden-orange color with a thin white head. The aroma was that of fresh hops and that is just so great in itself. The taste was very hoppy and so well balanced. This is just a great beer from start to finish and definitely one to get ahold of if possible. Highly recommended and cheers to Eyedrinkale for this gem of a beer. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 On Tap- Pizza Port Carlsbad. This one is all about hops, duh. But what jumps out is the malt. Beautifully balanced beer with a big citrus, hop aroma and bitterness. Huge piney notes with a subtle but nice malt base. Finishes with clean, outstanding hop finish. It’s simply one fantastic beer! chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
What a quality IPA! Clear dark orange pour fresh from my Pizza Port growler. This growler was filled up two days ago. Finally, this pour is topped off by a ½ beige head that fades to a scant slick as I progress thru this one.
Fresh cut grass & piney, lods of hops oil scents meet an equally robust flavor of the same. There is an aftertaste balance back towards hints of malty candy, but the hops in this IPA are all about it. The floral bouquet and citrus grapefruit peel is more located on the tongue than in the nose.
The acidic sizzle is down to a dull roar here. This is a total sipper. I could drink these all night.
Last swigs: What an all around quality pleasure of a local IPA. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 I gotta say, I love this stuff. Cask, draft or growler, whatever it’s frigging awesome. Fresh bud in a glass. I’ve never had a bad one. Almost total grapefruit juice with some tangerine zest.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Gold in color with a nice thick lacing. Aromatics are of pine tree, fresh raw hop flowers and cannibus. Flavor is sweet, bitter, citrusy and is delicious. Full bodied palate, a bit sticky, syrupy. This is a damn near perfect Doulble IPA. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 nectar of the beer gods. Resinous and floral hop character with a wonderfully dry malt body and wonderfull fruit complexity coourtesy of that wonderful little flower. Pears along with Apricot and mango hints that just explode in a wonderfully dazzling spectacle of beery delight. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
My gosh, what a brew! The hops jump out of the bottle and smack you in the face. Orange citrus dominates with slight vanilla ice cream. Cloudy orange amber in appearance with a thick head that oozes down the sides of the glass. The body is incredibly rich, like you can cut it with a fork. The taste explodes with oranges and grapefruit, with sliht melon. The hops are there, but this isn’t overly bitter. A fist class brew! Thanks Rodger! LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2006
oh. my. god. thank you mitch. Appearance is completely opaque amber with blonde accents and blonde head (1/4 inch creamy almost nitro like head), and very long lasting head as well. aroma is carmel malt, some pine, orange, corriander, wheat malt, grapefruit, and malt like you would put in milkshakes. some sweet light fruit hints of lemon, apple, green apple (to be specific), and spruce topped off with carmel malt. has some lemon zest and pear flavors. there is nothing abuot this that is boring. a new flavor with each sip, usually fruity, with extremely unbelievable wet west coast hops, that arent overpowering but enlightening. possibly needs a bit of age, but only a smidge. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The alcohol isnt present in the flavor, but it kind of smacks you in the face after half a bottle (and this is a 12 oz). amazing malt backbone. This and Yulesmith have been the only two IIPAs that seem to be able to amaze me. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
dark yellow/light orange body with a small white head that left nice lacing.i recieved that signature west coast ipa aroma of pine,flowers,and citurs.the flavor contained all of the same.plus some wood,canilla,and oak.this is nothing short of outstanding.you cant get much better than this when it comes to i2pa’s.