alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2009
On tap at PP SC. A very solid beer, good for the style. Color was amberish. Aroma of orange, citrus with a bit of zest. Flavor was similar; zesty and citrus. Good seasonal from them. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Clear medium golden color with a small white ring. Nose was mostly floral hops with a touch of malt in the background. Flavor held some citrus hop qualities with some faint caramel and toffee rounding things out. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Wet hops (Centennial) on tap at Obriens. Dark orange hue, sticky lacing. Fruity and caramel nose with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is balanced with a fair heft of bready and crystal malts, floral hops are quite bitter into the finish, hints of grass and chalk. Medium body with biting carbonation. Surpisingly malty IPA with a nice burst of wet hop flavors. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Tap at San Clemente. One of the least impressive IPAs I’ve had from the franchise. Starts with a really odd moldy watermelon juice aroma and tart, acidic hops. Flavor is fine - resiny hops, nice clean malt. But the overall effect is non-optimal, especially because it doesn’t taste like a wet hop and is the most expensive pint they have. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 5, 2009
10/3/09 notes: on tap, brewpub. Pours a vibrant orange-amber, with a little head. Aroma displays fresh hops that lean towards a blend of herbal and floral varieties (this beer was unfortunately served to the brim in a pint glass, and you know how aroma goes in that drinking vessel). Flavor is surprisingly subdued and balanced. Hops upfront, a spicy, earthy blend, which moves into a sweeter mid-palate, closing with moderate bitterness and more spicy qualities. The aftertaste also suggests sweet lemon and blossoms, which is interesting. A nice pale ale, though I guess I was expecting something different . . .
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 On tap @ San Clemente. Clear golden amber with a one finger off-white head, good retention. Lots of floral hops in the nose with some citrus and sweet caramel behind. The flavor is a lot like eating flowers--maybe roses and lavender? I didn’t get near that kind of "floralness" from the aroma. Reminds me of hitting the Surly hookah @ the Great Taste (rose tobacco). Wow. Semi-dry with bitterness @ a 5. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium-light body. Best wet hopped beer I’ve had, and quite unique--I must find out what hops they used. Update--they used 100% Centennial hops. Makes sense to me because the hops do remind me of super fresh Two Hearted. Update--had this a week later and the hops turned very earthy and had lost a lot of the perfumey floral notes that I had so loved. Not changing the score, though! fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Draft at O’Brien’s. Very nice aromas. Sweet smelling. Very tight head. Smooth finish. Would have thought I was having this on cask. Hoppy flavors too. Not bad. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
OC Tour, tap at brewpub: Golden hue with frothy sticky lace. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal and resiny hop, clove, caramel and bready, apricot and apple esters. The taste has biting bitterness over bready malts. A bit metallic and band-aid. Lack the depth of the other two beer I enjoyed. The hop profile was nondescript. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
On tap at PP San Clemente. Nice white head with light citrus and hops aromas. Clean hop bitterness with fresh floral accents. Pleasant on the palate. Fine IPA. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
On tap at O’briens. Nice hop flavors with some pine and citrus. Finishes dry and a little tart. Very good.