glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Tap. The best aromas from any IPA. Malt smells of roasted and caramel, a heavy smell of pine, resin and orange for the hops, and a moderate yeast note of broth, with wood, toffee and pepper in the background. Head is huge, white, creamy/wispy, is mostly lasting and lacing coats the glass better than 50%. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately acidic and bitter, and the long finish is heavily bitter and lighty acidic/sour. Palate is light to medium, between watery and oily and has a lively carbonation. it finishes moderately astringent. The aroma is perfect, cold or warmed. This is the best IPA I’ve had yet. thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a two finger off white head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing present. The smell is floral pine and grapefruit over a sweet malty presence. Full bodied the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and conditioned by the high intensity hops. There is a balance sweet malty character as well. Full flavored, the sweet malt and piny taste combination yields to a grapefruit after taste that linger appropriately. I’m not sure what style this is more true to; an IPA or a Double IPA...no, i take that back. This rivals many high end double ipas.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2007
Very sharp citrusy with minor pine aroma. Flavour is very hoppy with a slight alcohol burn... one dimensional. A little unbalaned, would be good to have just a little more in the malt department. Cheers! biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy deepamber/orange color with a big white head. Very hoppy aroma - lots of both pine and citrus. Flavor is much the same, with some malt coming through a bit. Definitely on the bitter side. Really solid brew. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
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TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 21, 2007
I wrote out one review for this guy, but apparently it went straight to my head and I never hit Add Rating. So here’s a redo.
Big nose of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango hops. Taste is just a notch off but quite good, providing an altogether very enjoyable beer that gets really good as I get into the bottle. Maybe next time around I’ll be able to leave a few more details here and not rely on a days-old memory. 4/8/7/4/16
7-8/09 Impressive in a couple of on-tap visits at Fiddler’s, lots of apricot. Head to head against Pliny it is remarkably similar, but marred with a more chemical flavor and less fresh-herbal goodness. Still, heck of a beer. Let’s give it a bit of a bump from the previous 3.9.
22 oz bomber. Pours to a hazy, amber to orange color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer just explodes with zesty and pungent citrus hop aromas that hit you from a mile away. The palate is firm, with a base of pale and caramel malt that leads into lots of good citrus hop flavors, that dance on the palate on a zing of carbonation. This beer finishes with more pale malt and zesty hop up front, then ends with a very zesty, citrus hop blast that lingers. A bit one dimensional, but hopheads will be loving that dimension. This beer is hop blast, and just sceams West Coast IPA. I love AIPAs like this beer. They make for a great hop cocktail, and a nice aperitif or after work beer to unwind with. SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2007
22 oz. bottle - pours cloudy orange with slight white head; subtle aromas for an IPA, but they lead to very rich malt flavors that have just a lovely texture and smooths out the hops; IMO, basically the opposite of the NW style IPA that i’ve grown accustom to lately, but a very silky one that’s every bit as good 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
22oz bottle at Zeno’s. 10-20% opaque orange body with a huge white head, the foam billowing up the sides of the glass and out of the bottle as well. Fruity, floral Belgian yeast nose, with grassy, starchy hop notes, and soapy, medicinal notes as well. Flavor is sharp, dry, straw hops and pasty, metamucil flavored yeast. High effervescence, far too carbonated. Overall it’s ok to below average. Has problems. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
The beer spills forth from the 22 ounce bottle a clear golden orange with a creamy white head that piles high on the body of the beer as it degrades to nothing but a thin seal, the lace forms a blanket upon the glass. “Ah that Smell”, hops in all their glory, sweet malt and a nice fresh crispness that I find mouthwatering, start is sweet with a pleasing malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice hop spicy bite, sweetness still there, alcohol bitterness, and a delicate acidity with the aftertaste quite dry, a darn good IPA in my humble opinion. thewolf (12946) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle. [thanks to my friend Maria for bringing this from the States]
Pours a very clear golden with a medium foamy white head that leaves a little lacing. Stunningly complicated hoppy aroma. There is pine, grapefruit, pineapple, grass as well as a doughy maltiness behind it. Flavour is surprisingly mellow - a wonderful balance between fruityness from hops and a nice sweetness. Stings in my cheeks just the right way! Great IPA!