Beer5000 (6544) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2008
22 oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden orange body with a medium white head. Aroma is citrus, hay, spruce, grapefruit and malt. Flavor is medium malty and really bitter in a nice, harmonic way. Lots of flavors from the hops as in the aroma. A very nice American IPA. AbeerWolf (27) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
Nice hoppy nose with a crisp finish. Not much complexity but satisfying. A good amount of malt flavor that is overpowered by the hops. Not as balanced as some IPA’s but worth a shot. yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle, 22oz. (yet another beauty from the_epeeist). Pours a hazy, orange-golden body, with a medium sized, off-white head. Hop-dominated aroma with pine, resin and citrusy fruityness, but there’s also room for a generous amount of malty flavors like beef-stock and sugar. Lots of bitterness in the flavor, piney and resiny, and sure malty too. Medium to full body, quite effervescent for an IPA. Quite a good dash of sweetness balances the bitterness in a nice way, leaving a pleasant finish. Sure a drinkable and pleasant IPA, dangerously hiding the alcohol, and begging you to have more. (071228) SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2008
22oz bottle: Burnt amber core, orange highlights and a thick, whipped head on top. A nice blend of apricot, tangerine, orange and grapefruit meet the nose. The body is quite chewy for an IPA, with a healthy dose of buttery caramel balancing the mild bitterness. Fruity hops again take the reigns as the beer finishes rindy and grassy. A very solid example of the style. drfabulous (8088) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Port can do no wrong. Super hop/citrus beer that hits you right in the face. Total flavor. Total taste. This is the way IPAs should be. I could drink it everyday. But I live in Missouri. So, I can’t. Damn you long distance! Damn you to hell!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Slightly hazy orange/copper with a frothy white head. Citrus hops, lemongrass, pineapple, and some caramel notes. Pretty straightforward hop-laden IPA that was tasty and refreshing. Another Hophead’s dream. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 In short: A ton of very tasty hops but too thin on the malt side. Very good but could have been great.Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
How: Bottle 22oz, from Secret Festivus Dude. Thanks a lot whoever you are.
The look: Partly cloudy golden body with a medium white head.
In long: Powerful and pleasant nose of grapefruit and pine-tree. Taste is very unbalanced. This beer lacks malt thickness to balance that mountain of hops. Almost watery, the airy body provided only a light caramel note and was totally dominated by the hops. The hopping though is quite something. Orange peels, some pine-tree with more and more grapefruit as the beer warmed-up. Strong juicy bitterness. Some dry grass in the finish too. The end result is a very good beer but it is also about as bitter and unbalanced as my cousin Louis.
Sampled at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering in Maplewood, MN and supplied by joet. From a 22-oz bomber pours a hazy golden amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet grapefruit zest and pink grapefruit juice that overpowers the light malt flavor. Taste is a typical west-coast IPA bitterness that is medium bodied, some carbonation and plenty of grapefruit and pine character. Finish is just as bitter as the aroma and flavor that even linger around after the finish. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle from Craig. Thanks. Pours a deep, slightly glowing orange with a small off-white head. Nose is fresh with floral hops, some tropical fruits, pine, citrus and some caramel malt. Unlike other recent raters, I found the nose quite appealing. Flavor is grassy hops, with some more pine and a mild malt backbone. Flavor is a bit muted and watery when compared to the aroma. Finish is nice and bitter. Definitely an above average ipa. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 At first, the beer seems pretty commonplace. Not the sour flavor of some IPA’s, but a crisp light flavor. Not much aroma to this one. But the hops kick in with a slightly dank piney and resinous flavor. Tastes like Simcoe! It sticks around a little while before fading. A sneaky but above average IPA.