jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Draft at Toronado. A hazy amber with a small white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of pine and citrus hops. Initial taste is pine followed by a malty sweetness with a strong bite on the finish. Light bodied. Great beer. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Pours medium golden with a two finger white head. Huge, bright nose and flavor with pine, some sweet citrus and slightly lemon, with earthy and caramel influence as well. Very easy drinking and light on the palate with subtle bitter finish. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Growler from Russian River. Listed at 7%, if I’m not mistaken. Pours a bright, modestly clear, golden-copper color; significant, fine-bubbled off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Significant oranges, pine, and citrus hop character in the aroma; very quiet malt character at the core (light candied oranges, melded with the hop character), and a minimal yeast contribution; this is, per usual, head-on, well-rendered hoppy goodness; resiny, juicy, nothing rough; seems like a rather strong Amarillo contribution. Medium to medium-full body; modest carbonation; generally smooth and non-astringent presentation; following the aroma, lots of orange, pine, and citrus (mild grapefruit, mostly lemon) hoppiness upfront and throughout: resiny, modestly juicy, nothing rough here; again, the malt core and yeast contributions are quiet, with just a bit of the toasty maltiness showing through with any prominence; overall, this is lacking compared to something like Blind Pig and PtE, and maybe it’s (alleged, by me) the more prominent focus on Amarillo-like hopping here, which is oily and smooth, but lacks a sufficient bittering contribution and doesn’t quite fill things out; normally I love Amarillo, but it leaves a bit of open space here, compared to Vinnie’s other hoppy goodness. Lasting finish of citrus, oranges (long, bitter ending), and a mild, quiet toastiness. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Pint at RR. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is orange popsicles and malt; a lot like Two Hearted. Flavor has some of that Centennial, but mostly more in your face hops. Lasting bitter grapefruit rind finish. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Draft. Golden beer with a whitish head. Big summer fruit aroma with light grapefruit. Summer fruit and grapefruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Summer and light grapefruit lingers with light malt backing.
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Tasted on tap at the Bistro 12th Annual IPA Festival on 8/8/09. This IPA pours a light gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is grapefruity and citrusy, and a touch floral. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and floral. Nice carbonation. Lots of hops flavor without a lot of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
A golden IPA with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, a nice sudued c-hops, fragrant, light citrus. Very nice. In mouth, a nice oily and pinhey IPA, more resinous than blind pig, but still very smooth. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, August 17 2009. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Big thanks to Robert for breaking this one out at a recent tasting.
The growler opens with an impressive pop and then pours a clear golden orange with a small soapy off-white head that leaves spotty lacing and sticks around as a collar.
The aroma is big and juicy - with tons of grapefruit, oranges, lemons on the citrus side but with a definite PtE-like floral presence. The malt sweetness is present in the background but it’s really all about the sweet, juicy hops.
The taste starts out with some sweetness from the citrus with grapefruits and oranges up front. The caramel malts form a solid backbone to balance the hops and the floral pine bitterness finishes things off and leaves a slightly resinous taste on the palate.
The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and had impressive carbonation given it’s a growler. It’s probably on the lighter side of things as in terms of body but in a good way and makes for massive drinkability.
Well, there’s no doubt that Vinnie can make one hell of an IPA and this is no exception. Well balanced with lots of citrus and floral hops and exceptionally drinkable. joet (2662) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2009
a lot of hops with less resin than pliny. just a bit of funk. vinnie is great at big and wonderful brews. this hop bomb works even if it doesn’t have the bright luster of his Plinys. marcus (10669) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at Toronado 22nd anniversary. This blonde ale poured with a thin off-white head and a strong pine aroma. This beer is nicely made. There is a delicious caramel malt base and a serious IBU count that meld into a very tasty brew. I could drink a lot of this.