BillKismet (4057) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bronze with a proliferation of upward hurling tiny bubbles feeding a luscious cream top. Divinely honeyed hop florals and bitterness are a hop nectar salve to the nostrils. Bitter and sweet notes intermingle. Raw hop leaf flavor and good, refined bitterness. Piny. A hop lovers IPA. Ends moderately dry. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Good, but overhyped. Poured a cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Aromas of grapefruit rind and pine. Signature ton of hops like in Pliny, but very soft in the finish. I guess every CA IPA cant be super abrasive, but I was looking for more citrus or more pine and did not get either. Still beats 99 percent of the east coast IPAs out there. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2008
500ml bottle, bright yellow gold color, with frothy whithe head, very good floral hop citrusy nose of grapefruit, with some resinous, piney, coniferous accents with a hint of crunchy caramel malt in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, flowery hop coniferous character, with some pine niddle, cedary accents, with a hint of fresh mintiness, some oily lemon peel citrusy, with some toasty malt undertones, leading towards a fruity, zesty, citrusy, coniferous hop bittering finish. drjay44 (3709) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 500 ml. bottle. Pours a beautiful thick head which has good retention, followed by attractive lacing, over a golden body with many tiny floaters....nose is enormous with heavy bursts of pine, resin, grapefruit, ?vanilla....tastes of slight malts initially then the burst of grapefruit and resin, finishing with a relatively light lingering bitterness...mouth fell is medium. A well balanced and appropriately praised American style IPA. 12/3/2008 Bronzan (158) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Bottle. Wonderful aroma, heavy hop smell. Nice head. In a way, both bitter and smooth. Another great IPA from Russian River.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2008
On draft at Capones. Smells of pine, grapefruit, and biscuit. Lots of pine in the flavor as well along with some tangerine. Long bitter finish. Leaves some very nice lace. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
This starts off with a big grapefruity nose, and pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Nice bitter flavor, hints of pine, citrus, and a touch of floral/grassy notes. Clean, crisp finish, and light in the mouthfeel. A great IPA. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2016 Re-rate 1/29/16: Draught at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa. Pleasant fruity and piney hops. Rounded. Very good. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13308) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Re-rate 6/09: Bottle sample. Thanks Yafit! Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, flowers and some candies. Flavor starts slightly malty and sweetish and quickly turns into a very pleasant hoppy bitterness with grapefruits and a bit of other fruits. Medium-bodied. 8/3/8/4/16=3.9
(10/20/08) Draught at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia. Clear golden with a big stable white head. Aroma of big citrusy hoppiness and a bit of caramelly malty notes. Fresh bitter hoppy flavor with some flowers, grapefruit, orange hints and malty undertones. Great long citrusy bitter finish with light resinous notes. A great highly-drinkable IPA. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with an average, frothy, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw, meal), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness. puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Poured amber witha big white head. Aroma of hops, pine and citrus. Taste is of piney resinous hops, with a little citrus and caramel. Quite a bit different from their other IPA/IIPA’s. Finishes bitter. Mouth is a moderately bodied. A nice IPA.