ashbob90210 (3) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2009 does not count
On tap. The best it can get when it comes to IPA aroma and taste. If it is on tap at a bar you are at and do not order this beer, there is something wrong with you. railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle ,I have been saving this for a while and today i broke it out and man was i glad i did.This was a delicious hop flavored IIPA with a dark yellow pour and a nice fluffy white head a pine like flavor and not to biitersweet over all very tastey.CHEERS! TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle (in NZ). A dark gold pour with a think creamy white head. The big hop aroma exploded from the moment I opened the bottle - citrus, citrus and more citrus - but pine and grass also, and a touch of chocolate from the malt. Drinking it, the palate is so smooth, despite the hop bitterness. At first you get all that piney and citrusy flavour - getting more of the malt in the swallow - and even in the finish, which has peppery hops but surprisingly not too bitter. And a lovely warmness to remember it by. Brilliantly done. captaincass (45) - Everson, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 smells like hops after you open the package, amazing chinook, centennial they are all there. pours very thin was thinking this would be heavier. i mu st say the smell is the most amazing aroma of any beer i’ve had. the flavors are all hops and i like it, not too sweet with almost a wet hop flavor, amazing. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2009
Tasted 30/04/2009. 500ml bottle from Beerstore. It’s all been said already. Fantastic balance of malt, hop flavour and bitterness. The gold standard American IPA and I can see why (I wouldn’t call it a DIPA). Pour carefully. Much better without the yeast... bitterness becomes a shade too high with the yeast in there.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega.. Bottled on 04/07/2009... Can you say FRESH...Pours a dark gold with a fluffy white head...Sweet smelling pine and citrus hops, floral hops as well in the nose..... Nice sweet lingering hop bite that makes me wanna drink some more...Hail to the Hops!!!! CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 50cl bottle at home: Pours a nice crisp yellow gold with a diminishing, tall and somewhat creamy yellowed head. Great citrussy hop aroma. Definite grapefruit, apricot, and even some slight peach. Pine notes are also present but they are under the citrus fruit. Sweet malt that is almost sugary when combined with the citrus is big enough to balance the hops (balance in an IIPA kinda way). Light caramel drizzled over the top. A touch of alcohol makes that peach note seem like peach schnapps. Flavor is obviously dominated by hops, but there is a initial flash of pale malts before the hops roll in and conquer your tastebuds. Big piney hop fights with big grapefruity hop. Malt is less balancing than in the aroma but it is still gives a backbone to the hops. Although, it seems more like simple sugars at times rather than a nice complex malt profile. Medium body. Low alcohol drives some astringency and light burn into the back of your throat. Hops get a light mint edge towards the end. Long hop finish (duh!) that gets a little spicy and more fruity than what was noticed earlier. Resiny burn builds after all that. cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2009
Very nice beer. Had it on tap at Hudson Public House in Seattle. Very nice IPA with seemingly larger body. Citrus, pine, achieves balance. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Small bomb from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours a peach-orange with a medium fluffy head. Aroma is mainly of grapefruity hops, and also apricot-like fruit. Flavor is nice: Initially sharp grapefruity hops and then the fruit again. Aroma and flavor are very similar, though the flavor I found pretty creamy for an IPA and this added another dimension to it which I thoroughly enjoyed. Just the slightest of alcohol burns in the esophagus. Mouthfeel is quite nice, very appropriate for the style; Good carbonation level without being soda-pop. Very high quality all-around. Definitely in the top 3 IPAs I personally have had. Perhaps a little overrated, but still damn good. I could drink this for hours. Overall, excellent. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2009
Tasted at DLD09 from a bottle into a snifter. Golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is all pine with sweet malt present as well. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, and sweet malt - perfect balance of hops and malt. A very well balanced IIPA. Would love to have a way of getting this one regularly.