CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad on 12/1/06: Pours a clear bright golden bronze with a thin, nicely-lacing off-white head. Sweet, lightly toasty pale malty aroma has a good piny grapefruity hoppy aroma. Body starts cold but sweet with a touch of biting carbonation and plenty of fresh piny resiny hops and a smooth, mild caramel bittersweet finish. A nice double IPA.
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Generously donated by Chris (cquiroga), the Poormanís IPA was aptly disguised in an inauspicious vessel, a consequence of being hand-bottled. Bright, clear, orange gold, and topped of an ephemeral white foam, I thought, for a moment, that I really had received a bottle of the so-labeled Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen. The nose was lively and unique, suggesting profuse fruity hops translated as pineapple, grapefruit, pine and cedar aromas. Pear, French verveine, honey, clementine and litchi added to the complex collection of rather unusual but enjoyable scents. The intensely bitter sensation experienced upon the first sip was quite sudden, and not as pleasant as the nose implied. Pineapple and clementine appear first, followed by a deluge of burning metallic bitterness, to finish on a note of unexpected noble hops. The dry and effusive carbonation seemed to accentuate the bitterness, while the interesting apricot and Gouda aftertaste provided this beerís last surprise. Certainly a unique and interesting brew, but a bit severe on my palate Ė perhaps a result of the hand-bottling?
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 On draft at Obrienís and PP C-Bad . . . big time brew , nice balance of malt and hops - whatís new for pizza port right? Very very nice beer, not over the top, and just enough kick to keep you on your toes. The piney hop combo is perfect and the finish is as crisp, hoppy, and clean as can be. Top notch IPA!!!
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at the 7th Annual Bistro Double IPA fest. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color, Small sized head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Medium bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Nice balance. Big double IPA with lots of hop flavors without being over the top with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Cask at The Linkery, San Diego. Pale orange cloudy beer. Aroma is huge and is full of dank wet piny hops. Sweet fruitiness and juiciness also hold up the rear, showing apricot, peach, pear and mango over a soft lean pale malt base. The texture is very soft allowing the hoppiness to completely wash over the palate, unobstructed by heavy carbonation. Sweet fruity hops, some wet leafiness with a touch of soft sweetness and even a bit of wheaty character. On the finish the sweet interplay of pale malt and tropical hops gives way to a moderate bitter character. A great IIPA.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap@ toronado orangey gold. leaves some love on the glass. citrus hop flavour, real bitter. a dance of flowerz on my tongue. real smooth but there is a bite of alc at the end.
danem (15) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours an orange yellow color, small white head from the tap. Grapefruit and piney citrus notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Great balance of hops with a mild malt support. A near perfect double IPA that doesnít go extreme.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very generously hopped ale, bitter and piney but mostly alcoholic. Not to many fruity o sweet flavors there. Mostly razor sharp hops, with a acidic finish. Lacked malts to balance it out.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Generously hand-bottled from Chris Quiroga. Didnít even realize this was a Double IPA until I looked! Aroma is rich citrusy hops with a touch of malt in back, lightly bitter with good pine and soft cheese. Pours with almost no head. Very very tasty stuff, hops are at once strong but soft, generously balanced and amazingly drinkable... as I said, I had no idea this was a double IPA... I figured more around 6%. Iím not really that crazy about IIPAs, but this one is very, very nice. Well done!
IrishBoy (4164) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Bistro DIPA Fest; Citrus hop nose; Slightly hazed amber with a medium white head; flavor of citrus hop bitterness. One of my least favorites from the Fest!