IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2008
My 100th IPA!FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Thanks go to sprinkle for this brew. Poured a cloudy bright amber with a creamy/frothy off-white head. Fresh hoppy aroma of bitter pine and lemony citrus, very refreshing and very typical of FFF. Flavor follows with lots of bitter pine and grapefruit rind hops, just a touch of sweetness, finishing dry and quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is a tad light. Has the hop and flavor profile of a bigger beer but feels rather on the light side, making it sort of floating in a stylistic quagmire between IPA and APA. Very pleasant with excellent hop flavor though a few shades shy of mind-blowing.
22oz bottle. Dark golden color with a small white head. Grassy, sharp pine hop aromatics. Vegetal, earthy hoppiness with a tinge of candied pineapple. Moderate malt backing with a slick sweetness. Caramel and residual grass and citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is a light medium. tennisjoel (1447) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Stinky aroma, but in a good way. Fresh cut hops. Vegetal aroma. Interesting beer, like smelling and eating grass. Not my favorite hop combination here. I preferred Surly bitter brewer to this beer, while others thought this brew was superior. Each to their own. Thanks to ElGaucho for letting me sample this at the bigfoot vertical tasting I hosted. JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Orange color. Low carbonation. Very nice hop aroma, lots of grass and wildflowers. A little bitter, but full bodied hop flavor. Some sweet malt. Thanks to Elgaucho for sharing. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Very nice hoppy pale ale. Amber/orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is of lots of citrus hops. Taste is very citrus that finishes well. I could drink a lot of this.
docswife (27) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Pours a pretty hazy orange with a large off white head. Aroma is heavy citrus and hoppy. I get lots of orange and pine. Hoppy goodness! Very drinkable. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours amber with a off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, soapy and piney hops. The flavor is smooth caramel, with a splash of citrus, and a floral bitterness. Very well balanced. Great brew. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle from ebay purchase. Sampled with Stegosaurus. Thin hazy orange pour with big aromas of floral hop and pine with a splash of citrus. The flavor was really smoothly balanced and for a regular IPA it was really good considering I like Imperial IPA’S. Really good. No strong after taste it goes right into business and finishes clean. Puddintane (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2008 does not count
Let me start by saying that in my opinion this is about as good as an IPA can get. Had this on tap a couple of years ago and was just simply in awe. This rating is from a fresh bottle courtesy of therealbastard: Pours a beautiful golden amber with small white head. Pine needles immediately explode to the forefront in the aroma followed by tremendous amounts of floral notes. The taste can be summed up by just saying Hoptastic, pine and grapefruit...juicy hops. Not quite as good in a bottle but absolutely delicious nonetheless, If I could drink this fresh year round I would be a very happy man! mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 4, 2008
22 oz bottle bought at a nearby liquor store DLD "08 in Munster. Pours a golden orange with 1 1/2 finger head, dissipates to thin film slowly. incredible nose of peaches and apricots, similar to alpha king but much stronger aroma. Taste a perfect balance of apricot hops and malt, nice and crisp with a slight bitterness at the finish - very smooth. Nice beer, I could drink this all summer. Wish I would have obtained more.