IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Poured a hazy effervescent golden with a large fizzy white head. Rich and sharp aroma of bitter rind of grapefruit, fresh cut lawn, some herbal spiciness, and perhaps a bit of pine cleaner. Flavor is intense with lots of grapefruity hop flavor and some bitter earthiness, with a touch of sweet toffee body. Sticky bitter oily hops cause phlegm to congeal in the mouth. After the relative disappointment that was High Tide, the complexity of this west coast hoppy treat comes as a more than welcome surprise. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 12/27/11: 22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, crystal malt, grapefruit, citrus, grass, pine, and tropical fruit. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Many medium and large-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, grass, resin, grapefruit, and crystal malt. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Heavily bitter, malt, hop, pine, resin, grass finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.1
5/27/07: 22oz. Bottle: Nose is a little sweet and a bit bitter. An amalgamation of hops with floral, citrus, pine, and resin scents, as well as a little caramel malt. Poured amber in color with a huge, foamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Hazy. Lots of particles big and small. Sparkling. Flavor is very bitter. Tastes of hops, plain and simple. Pine, resin, marijuana flavors abound. While bitter, the flavor lacks some bite. Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter, finish. Not balanced at all, which is great! Overall, a very nice IPA. 8/4/9/4/18=4.3 whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Lightly hazy toasted gold body with a clean, silky white head. Pleasant aroma of crusty, piney hops along with some citrus tones. Clearly hop-focused, as it should be. Well-integrated peachy flavors. Fairly dry with assertive, cutting bitterness. Paired nicely with some spicy Ceviche.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
This beer was awesome. Very hoppy aroma, but not overpowering in any aroma, mostly fruity, pine, and hints of graperfruit. Pours golden, nice little head. Flavor hits kind of malty, but has a perfect hop bitterness too it, not overwhelming or harsh. Next time I’m in Cali I’ll be sure to look for another bottle. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 24, 2007
For all the wonderfulness of this beer, the aroma could improve quite a bit. The flavor is great, a nice bite throughout. Just a bit too much alcohol in the finish. Nice.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 A ton of hops in the aroma followed by hints of citrus, pine, and malt. A very hoppy taste to start followed by a light hint of sweet malt. A nice hoppy brew. mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Complex aroma dominated by caramel, hops and pine needles. Flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles. Hoppy finish.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Sunny orange with medium amount of small suspended particles. Really sharp strongy hoppy character punctuated by savory maltiness. Pretty much the entire span of hoppy flavors is represented here: lots of citric, peachy and tropical (mango) notes here. Spare, dry and massively hoppy flavor avoiding any husky or astingent notes. Finishes, as expected, bitter and dry. Pretty prototypical West Coast IPA. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. Pours a orangey gold with a nice head that leaves a nice lacing pattern all the way down the glass. The nose is fruity, citric hops. Flavor is very resiny with bitterness throughout. The nose belies the hop barage on the palate. This was too bitter for me and I thought that the strength of that marred the other nuances that might be lying just below the surface of all those hops. I prefer more balance in an IPA although I understand the desire for hopped up, West Coast styles. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is slightly cloudy, medium golden brown with a small, frothy, off-white, diminishing head.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel; Hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit zest, light notes of apricot and orange; Yeasty with a trace note of clean, sweat dough.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter with a long, moderately bittersweet, grippy finish.<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.