euniceradio (562) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Poured cloudy amber. Nice lacing. Aroma lacking but slight dank. Taste very malty. Caramel bready slightly sweet with great bitter backbone. Wrll balanced. Hard to believe 7.6 ABV 100 IBUs. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Nice gold pour with hints of orange around the edges, white head. Tropical fruit flavors abound. Mango, guava, lychee. Some bitterness and grassy hops finish this one nicely. Tap at AZSBF2014 Sledutah (7839) - Utah, USA - APR 19, 2013
On tap at Thunder Canyon downtown highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized frothy off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Fruity and caramel
Taste: Fruity, caramel and lemon peel
Pours very clear golden to light copper. Slight aroma of tropical hops. Flavor up front hoppiness that lingers well. Just enough malt to balance. Really nice beer, have not always liked their ipas here. Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Pint at the brewery downtown. Dark yellow, clear, big head--lots of aroma, steady lacing. Pretty strong taste, big body - I think it’s a good palate. Tastes almost artificially hoppy (like some sort of extracted hop oil). I believe more hops don’t always equal a better beer, but this heavy-hopper is pretty good.
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a thin, 1/4 finger thick, fairly quick disappearing, pale head. The beer is a rich, clear, gold hue that shows a clear, pale amber tinged, bright gold hue when held up to the light. Aromas of orange marmalade, lychee, lots of floral, almost candied peach. The hops are clearly dominant here, but there is a hint of honey like malt, and some cracker like grain character that comes through.
This has a smooth bitterness that gets more biting as it flows across the palate. The finish is firmly bitter, with a touch of alcoholic head, and a carbonic bite to it. The beer is quite dry tasting, this plays down the hop fruit character a bit from the nose, but this is still pungently hoppy; flavors of floral peach, lychee, herbal lychee, lots of pine, perhaps a touch of menthol and even some woody-herbal hop notes that might suggest a bit of tobacco somehow. When paired with food, the beer becomes a bit more herbal, but also accentuates more notes of tangelo, and ripe citrus notes. The beer definitely has a viscous heft to it, despite being so dry, it sticks to the palate a bit, though is certainly not cloying, and is within what it should be for an IPA. A soft, but pervasive, cracker like maltiness is found throughout the flavor profile.
This has a nice pale malt profile to it, for my own personal tastes it could still use a bit more hop character, but this is certainly a hop focused IPA, that I am quite happy to be trying. I like this over the regular IPA as it doesn’t rely on caramelized malt notes; thus making for a cleaner, hoppy IPA.