SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Courtesy bu11zeye. Hazy orange and a small layer of off white carbonation. Huge hops in this one- citrus rind and flesh, melon, lightly spicy florals, resin, and some sweetness. Same huge hops in the flavor with just a bit of malt support. Medium body, balanced, a little syrupy. Solid west coast IPA. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Thanks to notalush and apoptosis for sharing this. Bright orange-red beer with a thin white head. Incredibly fresh hoppy aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, grape, sweet mango and pineapple. Just a massive amount of juicy fruity hops. The body is quite lean and there is quite a bit of peppery ethanol that seems to dominate the flavour. Peppery with a lot of hoppy pine aroma. The promise made by the aroma isn’t quite delivered by the flavour, but it’s still a tasty IPA. danem (15) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours a dark yellow color, small white head from the tap. Extreme floral nose with piney citrus notes. Mouthfeel is clean and fresh. Very hoppy but not overly bitter. Long, lingering finish. A great IPA, but a bit one dimensional. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Floral hop bomb in both the aroma and flavor. A light brown color with some sourness. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Drafted at O’Briens. This beer may have all of the qaulities I enjoy in a brew. Pine with grapfruit tones throughout. They get better as the beer warms, and its delicious to the last drop. I wanted more, but it was time to go.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bomber. Aroma of fresh grapefruit and pungent, bitter PNW hops. Rubbing alcohol and tangerine. Taste is a lot more mellow, more tangerine and kumquats, quite sessionable. Bitterness and astringency is a bit over the top. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
The pour from the bottle revealed a frothy white head of foam not too unlike the whitewater of the surf found here in Encinitas and as depicted on the great label.The apparance was a nice golden haze as of a san diego sunrise with a natural earthy nose full of torrey pine like notes.In the mouth the hops came through lively, balanced, and bitter. The taste felt natural and organic as of drinking of the earth and grass. The drinking experience got more favorable as the large bottle was being emptied. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable IPA well above others. Oh another pleasure of living in San Diego is to have Port breweries to the North and South and so close!!! notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Cloudy orange pour, with a fizzy white head - huge, earthy amarillo and simcoe aroma - starts dry and extremely bitter, but this quickly makes way for an almost "british" bready malt sweetness - citrus fruits abound (naturally) - there is an almost musty, earthy quality throughout that makes things interesting - a solid, and somewhat original IPA. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of Naven. Thanks, Dave! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head with large bubbles and decent lacing. Dank, hoppy aroma: plenty of citrus and grapefruit. Full, chewy mouthfeel: dank grapefruit and orange; prominent candy sugar maltiness, which slightly overwhelms the hops; finishes on the sweet side, with plenty of grapefruit. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2007
Tall and frothy off-white head slowly bubbles it’s way down over a slightly hazy, golden-orange hued body. Inviting in the ’hey, this thing might have some malt’ sort of way. The aroma is powerfully expressive in the hop department, rivaling monsters (and personal favorites) such as Ruination and Hercules DIPA. And yet, this aroma is sharper, more focused, clearer to me than those other two. Sure, there’s tons of hop diversity—pine, grapefruit, nectarines, peaches—but all of the elements gleam individually, which is very interesting. I only wish there was a touch less pine, but that’s just silly me. Very light caramel, table sugar and toasted sweet white bread underpin the hops without interfering. I can also detect just the faintest whiff of some catty Sauvignon Blanc. A little perfume enters the mix as it warms. Very, very bright. The flavor begins surprisingly sweet, like diluted treacle. Then a bright burst of citrus and pine flares across the tongue. Very clean, light acidity even through mid-palate. While the finish isn’t the hoppiest I’ve ever experienced, it’s almost bracing, very sharp and clean. Pine lingers forever. Enjoyably light bodied, with a slick texture and pinpoint carbonation. Everything comes together wonderfully in this beer, but I feel it should either be slightly more bitter or lower in alcohol. Still, the focus is hops and hops it does well. 22 oz bottle, snifter.